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6 Powerful and Effective Tips to Find a Nursing Job Career Opportunity Sooner Than You Expected

October 17, 2008 · Filed Under Insights · Comment 

6 Powerful and Effective Tips to Find a Nursing Job Career Opportunity Sooner Than You Expected

Are you a registered nurse and still looking for a job?  Do you have the experience and skill needed but your employer does not provide you with exciting career challenges?  Do you seek to work abroad for greener pasteur?

Whether you are a pro or a beginner nurse, finding a nursing job isn’t easy nowadays in the Philippines.  Not only it is a time consuming and a frustrating process, it also robs you of the opportunity to focus on your career growth and stability

The biggest piece of the puzzle on any job search process is to know where and what to look for in a nursing position that is suited for you.  And being proactive here will surely mean so much for you when you are ready to go to work.

We have designed the following 6 powerful and effective tips (and tricks) to take some of the headache out of your search, by giving you some directions and guidance on the steps you need to take to find a job opportunity that is your ideal nursing job.

1. Pay a visit to recruitment or human resources department of hospitals, medical centers and doctor’s offices to inquire about the availability of nursing positions.  If there are no vacancies, please offer your resume to remain on their file and ask them to call you should their future openings match your skills.

2. Call nursing recruitment and contract employment agencies. This is a one-to-many strategy.  Aligning yourself with a nursing headhunter can give you access to jobs that are often not advertised to the public. The best thing about recruiting agencies is they allow you to apply for positions at multiple companies simultaneously with a single resume submission. The recruiters will be the one to match your resume to all of the available nursing job openings.  Once you have a match, they will surely call you.

3. Search the Internet.  Searching for work for nurses or nursing jobs on the internet will reveal hundreds of available job opportunities for you. Just be aware that the competition for these open positions is tough since hundreds, if not thousands, of other nurses are also looking at and applying for the same jobs ad.

4. Train for Free.  When you don’t have work, then try to gain experience by working for free while you are waiting.  By doing so, you are helping the community or the local hospital within your vicinity. This is one of the best ways to get your feet in the door of the medical profession and also gain experience. Experience in real world hospital care is normally a plus to employers especially if you are a new nurse.  Consequently, it also gives you a chance to evaluate the organization and nursing department to ensure it is a match with your expectations before applying for the post for the long haul.

5. Check your school.  Your Alma Mater often has available positions in the nursing school’s dean’s office or else they can refer you to another organization. Nursing dean advisors are also excellent sources of information on how to network in the industry and get your foot in the door. They are often asked by potential employers who seek fresh nursing graduates rather than experienced nurses. You can ask your former nursing professors too to help you out.

6. Power of Networking. Get your friends, family, and casual acquaintances involved in the search.  Through them, other people and organization will know that you are on the market searching for work. Most companies nowadays would hire those that have been recommended and fully vouched for by acquiantances. So it’s really important to spread the news that you are available and seeking a new job opportunity in nursing.

Finding a nursing Job and career opportunity is not an easy task.  But Filipinos are known for their resourcefulness.  if there’s a will, there’s a way.


Featured Article – How to Write a Winning Nursing Resume

October 10, 2008 · Filed Under Featured Articles · Comment 

How to Write a Nursing Resume

Recent labor studies have predicted that nursing positions will continue to grow faster than the national average for at least the next five years. Though this trend is good news for nurses on the job market, it does not diminish the fact that competition will remain tough for the most desirable nursing positions. Nurses need to pay close attention to the presentation of their credentials, as detailed in their resume, in order to ensure that they can compete in the tough medical profession.

To write a solid resume tailored specifically to the nursing profession, consider the following guidelines:

Highlight your Educational and Licensure Qualifications

In addition to including the details of your nursing degree (school name, when you graduated, your degree), you should mention any academic honors, grants, scholarships, or fellowships awarded during the course of your studies.

If you are an experienced nurse, you may wish to make reference to any completed clinical rotations in this section. This tactic is especially beneficial if one or more of these rotations is in line with your current career objective.

If you are a newer nursing graduate or have limited nursing experience, a list of related courses and clinical rotations will provide detail of your medical knowledge to prospective employers. Graduates who completed their degree with an impressive grade point average should highlight this fact by including their GPA in the Educational section of their resume.

All nurses who have completed the process to get licensed will need to provide details of their license(s) in this section. Include the state(s) in which you are licensed and the date that your license went in effect. Since your employer will ask for a copy of your license once you are made an offer, you do not include your licensing number on your resume.

Emphasize your Nursing Expertise and Key Skills

A quick 10-second scan of your resume should reveal important keywords that summarize your nursing experience and give managers an overview of your qualifications. The most effective way to do this is to incorporate a section of your resume dedicated to nursing expertise and key skills. Include a bulleted list of your nursing specializations (such as pediatrics, cardiology, oncology) and any pertinent nursing skills, such as JCAHO standards/compliance or medication administration, that will enhance your resume presentation.

If you have several years of nursing experience, it may beneficial to list your years of experience in each area.

Entry-level nurses and nurses with limited experience should also include this section in their resume, highlighting those areas and schools acquired from schooling, clinical rotations, and nursing mentorships.

Detail Your Nursing Experience

Since most manager hire nurses based on their previous experience in (or knowledge of if you are a new nurse) a particular area of nursing, employers need to know the details of your nursing experience.

If you are an experienced nurse, you should detail your specialization, the type of facility you work in (acute care, outpatient, rehabilitation), and your average caseload for each of your previous employers.

If you are an entry-level nurse just out of school or a nurse with limited work experience, you should detail any clinical rotations, mentorships, or other unpaid work you were involved in during your schooling.

Demonstrate You’re a Top Performer

Employers love to hire top performers. Your resume will be more memorable and better received if you can detail specific contributions you made to each of your previous employers. What have you done that was above and beyond your basic responsibilities? How have you helped make a positive impact on your patients and their families, your co-workers, your employer, or even your community?

Consider your possible involvement in:
o Committees or review boards
o Patient or family health education
o Mentorship programs
o Training of coworkers on advanced topics of interest to nursing
o The launch of a new facility or program
o Community health screens
o Outside education

The more details you can provide about your involvement in the medical community and your accomplishments, the better job you will do at impressing your value as a team member to potential employers.

Source: Adams