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What a Nursing Recruiter Looks for in Candidates

Jun 1, 2020 10:23:00 AM / by Amanda Verdin

While searching and applying for new nursing jobs can be exciting, the process may seem a bit daunting at times. The resumes, phone screens, applications…it’s a lot to think about! Good news, though. We talked to several GHR recruiters who shared their best tips for success for nurses to utilize during the job search and application process. Read our real-life recruiter feedback to make your life easier.

Polished resume

One of the first points of contact between you and a recruiter will be your resume. Because of this, it’s very important to make sure your resume is up-to-date, clear and professional.

Recruiter Sarah G. encourages candidates to show off in their resume.resume

“You’re the only one who knows your experience, credentials and accomplishments,” she said. “Don’t be afraid to show off and brag about yourself a little. Put your best foot forward.”

When it comes to displaying your experiences and background, use concise and common language. Use bullets when applicable and make it as easy as possible for the end user. Avoid clip art and color. Be sure to list all nursing credentials, education and your current position. If there is more than three months between two jobs, explain the gap. It is also helpful to provide your nursing license number. All of these aspects make it easier and faster for your recruiter to match you with the perfect position. 

Quick response time

When a recruiter messages you or calls you regarding a job opening, be sure to reply as soon as you can. If you’re busy, try to at least reply back and let the recruiter know you are interested, but will reply back later that day. A nursing job that is there in the morning may not be there in the afternoon. If you confirm interest in a job, chances are, your recruiter will be happy to work with you and your schedule.

The world of nursing moves very fast. Another helpful tip is to have your application materials handy at all times. Keep electronic versions of your resume, statement of purpose and any other common application materials on your computer and phone. You don’t want to miss the chance at a dream assignment because you had to spend time tweaking your resume while the job is going to another nurse who was more prepared.


Recruiter Nicole R. always reminds nurses to stay flexible regarding wants and needs. If there is a position available that is high-paying, but you don’t necessarily have interest working in that type of facility, just go for it! While it may not seem like the perfect or ideal assignment at first, who knows what may come out of trying something new.

“Flexibility=opportunity,” Nicole said. “Keep your options open and try not to be too picky. If you can cross most of your must-haves off your list, consider that a win.”

Time set aside for paperwork

When you’re on the hunt for your next nursing assignment, always remember that after you accept, you will need to carve out some time to fill out any necessary paperwork before you start working. Keep this in mind, and don’t let it sneak up on you. This paperwork can often take several hours, so be prepared to take this on.

Also keep in mind that GHR has a person on staff who’s only job is to help nurses with their credentialing process. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Paperwork is necessary evil, but help is always a phone call away.

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While on a phone screen with a recruiter, don’t be afraid to be yourself and show personality. A recruiter is your number one advocate when it comes to landing you a job. Don’t be afraid to get to know them and openly express your wants and needs. If you are friendly, driven and show a genuine interest, your recruiter will be more likely to fight for you and make sure you land top positions. 

Our recruiters work with dozens of nurses each day. Stand out to them by having an up-to-date resume, a willingness to try new things and an eager approachable personality. Happy job hunting!

Topics: New Job, Job Search, Resume, Relationship with Recruiter, Recruiter

Amanda Verdin

Written by Amanda Verdin

Amanda Verdin is the Social Media & Content Manager for GHR Healthcare. She holds a Master of Mass Communication from the University of South Carolina.