Tips for Landing an Awesome Job in Nursing
Yes, finally. After years of hard work and perseverance, you finally are a Registered Nurse. What’s next? What step should you take? Of course, you have to apply for a job. However, what you are not really aware of is that in nursing, there are varieties to choose from, depending on your interests and of course your qualifications. In a profession housing dozens of specializations to choose from, how do you get a good job? Here are some tips:
Yes, you do not just submit your application to anything that is hiring. You have to read the job description and try to match your skills, experiences, and values with the agency’s philosophy/mission statement. If it’s the right fit, then, voila! Go for it.
Make a professional cover letter
Write a one page cover letter containing 3-4 well-stated paragraphs summarizing your strengths. Be sure to make it as brief and concise as you can. No need to write a novel here. Be sure to match your strengths with the requirements stated in the job specifications.
Create a resume
Aside from the cover letter, this is another document that you have to devise. Make sure that everything written there is easy to read, is current and up to date. You may want to focus on knowledge, skills and accomplishments that support the job description.At the end of it, try to build a reference list including 3-5 key people who can provide information about your knowledge, skills and abilities. You have to ask for their permission first, though. Their full name, title, and contact information must be stated.
You may also want to create a professional portfolio including performance evaluations, licensures and certifications, accomplished projects, and publications.
Prepare for the interview
Review your resume. Anticipate which questions the interviewer may ask. You may practice answering common interview questions with a friend. Those former faculty, recruiters at career fairs, and friends who have recently obtained a job may give you an insight as to what potential questions might get asked.
Be professional during the interview.
This includes dressing appropriately and professionally. Dress in a neat, simple, non-distracting manner with no tattoos or piercings showing and no extreme hairdos. Be courteous. Arrive on time. Say “Thank you, ma’am/sir” whenever needed. You may want to write a follow up letter within the first 48 hours of the interview to thank them for their time and the opportunity to interview for the position.