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Getting Hired

From applying for a position to following up after an interview, here are some tips to help make your job search a success.
Writing your resume
Your resume may be the first thing a prospective employer sees. It should show all the reasons they should hire you, in a succinct, professional, and polished way.
  • Tip #1
    List all your experiences, including clinical and practical training, and important coursework and any other highlights. What you’ve done in the past can help you stand out.
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  • Tip #2
    Share your accomplishments, such as awards, leadership roles, and what you’ve learned from your experience. Try keep it short and sweet – a good resume should be scannable.
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  • Tip #3
    Be sure to include non-healthcare job experience. It’s okay if nursing is your second or third career.
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Getting ready to interview

Be prepared
Be prepared

Do your homework on the facility and person who’s interviewing you before you walk in the door. The facilities’ website should fill you in on the culture, history, and employees.

It also helps to know what questions you want to ask in advance, such as:

Is there a mentorship program?

What’s the nurse-to-patient ratio?

What are the biggest challenges for nurses at this facility?

Why did the last person leave this position?

How often do you conduct performance reviews?

Dress appropriately
Dress appropriately

Choose an outfit that makes you look and feel confident and professional. You should dress smartly but your clothes should also reflect your personality. You want to create a positive image that your interviewer will remember.

Make a good impression
Make a good impression

Just a few more common-sense things to keep in mind, especially if it’s been awhile since you’ve interviewed, or if it’s your first time.

Get there early so you have time to relax and prepare yourself.

Be friendly and greet the people you come across.

Turn your phone off so you’re not tempted to check it during your interview.

Take notes if you need to, it’ll show you’re engaged.

Follow up
Follow up

Send your interviewer a prompt note or email, thanking them for the opportunity and their time. It’ll show you’re courteous, professional, and genuinely interested in the position, and it’ll help them remember you, even if it’s for another job further down the line. and are two of the websites that feature job opportunities for nurses.
Don’t forget Social
Many potential employers will look at your social media presence, so it’s good idea to be mindful about what you post.
Everything on social media is public
Privacy and confidentiality are key. It’s important to watch your tone and language and maintain a professional presence online.
Follow HIPAA regulations
According to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) rules, healthcare professionals may not give medical advice online. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s “Guide to Social Media” has all the details.
Join LinkedIn for professional opportunities
A LinkedIn profile can be useful at every stage of your career. It’s great for networking and getting yourself out there. You can also join a National Nursing Organization that relates to your field or one of the many nursing groups, such as the Nursing Network.
Missions and Volunteering
Volunteering is a meaningful and rewarding way to give back to the community and get varied experience.
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Group of smiling nurses in scrubs holding folders
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