With the new year just around the corner, many nursing professionals may be adding a new job to their list of resolutions. Whether you have a new nursing degree or many years of qualified nursing experience and education, you've worked hard to get where you are and deserve a position that is fulfilling and enjoyable. However, the reality is that the nursing job market is competitive, especially for top healthcare organizations. With the advancements in technology, employers and recruiters can quickly skim through hundreds of resumes in minutes. Here's what you need to know to stand out in the nursing job marketing in 2018.
Your nursing resume should be a summary of your experience and qualifications. In addition, you should always include a well-written cover letter that shows your personality and enthusiasm. Rather than sending our 1,000 generic resumes, take the time to customize your cover letter to meet the position's job description and organization's mission. While more time-consuming, it will give you're a better return on investment over time and help you stand out to the hiring manager or recruiter.
The Importance of Networking
Networking and talking to other people, whether in your industry or not, typically leads to more job opportunities. Nurses tend to know what's going on in their industry and are aware of possible job openings even before they're posted. While online networking is easy and convenient, in-person meetings are best! Attend conferences, professional meetings, volunteer at free clinics, and keep in touch with old colleagues to help build connections and references.
Use LinkedIn Wisely
The healthcare industry is changing rapidly. Now more than ever healthcare providers are turning to social websites to recruit candidates. If your online presence isn't an adequate and professional representation of yourself, you could be drastically affecting your chance of landing a nursing position.
For nurses, a well built out and optimized LinkedIn profile can help you get noticed by recruiters and act as reinforcement to your resume. Use your LinkedIn profile to highlight your credentials front and center. Make sure your profile picture and headline are professional and sell yourself as a nurse.
Another little-known feature of LinkedIn is called Open Candidate. This privately signals nursing recruiters that you’re actively open to new employment opportunities.
Nursing can be a competitive industry. Set yourself apart by advancing your education and focusing on specializations. While a BSN will keep you competitive, it no longer will set you apart in the job market. If you want to be considered for a specialized field, teaching or leadership roles, a master's degree or continued education is a worthy investment.
Cities and States with the Most Opportunities
The nursing industry is projected to increase at more than double the rate of the average occupations through 2024. With bright projections, landing your dream nursing job may be easier if you're flexible with your location and open to relocating. Consider looking into cities or states that have the most opportunity for nursing including Texas, New Jersey, Georgia and South Carolina. Working with a nursing staffing agency in these states can help you get a foot in the door with a healthcare organization that has an excellent reputation.
Before you start interviewing for your next job, take some time to do a self-inventory of your wants, needs and aspirations. What do you really want your next job to be like? What excites or motivates you? The more you understand your specific must-haves, the more energy and passion you’ll show to interviewers. In addition, analyze your strengths and weaknesses to know what the best career move for you is. Employers want to know what unique values an employee is going to bring to the facility and how they'll help the organization achieve their goals. Having a grasp on your individual qualities, motivators and goals will set you apart from the competition.
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