It’s no secret that job searching can be stressful. You have a resume to perfect, job postings to go through- not to mention phone screenings and interviews. Don’t let your nerves get the best of you, be prepared and intentional when job searching.You have the education, now it’s time to get out there and get the job!
We’ve created the10 tips below to keep you focused on attaining your dream job.
1.) Start with yourself. Figure out the types of departments and care units you are most excited about. During your clinicals, which units were you most excited about? What position would make you really motivated to get to work and give it your all? Do you want to be on the floor, or would a management or research position suit you better?
2.) Find a mentor in the community that has your dream job and hold a quarterly coffee meeting with them. Chances are whatever challenges you’re encountering—they’ve been through it. Be open to advice and learn from their experiences.
3.) Join LinkedIn and keep your profile current, connecting with peers and groups associated with positions you are interested in. Employers now also look to social media when researching potential candidates. Think critically about what you post and what is being said (or shown!) about you on sites like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You’d be amazed at what you could find through a Google search.
4.) Gain experience through a volunteer position. This is a great way to build connections and get some extra experience in the field. It might also be a way to differentiate you from other candidates applying for the same job, who don’t have this experience.
5.) Conduct informational interviews with people who hold positions you are interested in. What steps did they have to take to get where they are today? Was it an advanced degree or getting a professional licensure? Ask specific, detailed questions.
6.) Attend professional organization meetings and conventions in nursing specialties. These are great places to network with professionals in health care as well as stay current on industry news.
7.) Stay up to date on the latest technology and treatment trends in your specialty. There are many nursing websites and publications- subscribe to their newsletter or download their app to your smartphone.
8.) Read the latest health care news to gain deeper knowledge about the industry as a whole. Be mindful of how new advances in technology or rules and regulations will influence you on the job. Many employers expect their employees to be up to speed on industry news.
9.) Schedule practice interviews as you begin applying for jobs to get more confidence for the real thing. WCU’s Career Services team is dedicated to your success. They can give you sample questions employers might ask in the interview, go through your resume with ideas or suggestions and help you formulate a strategy for applying to jobs.
10.) Keep an open mind. Sometimes a dream job is not one you’d expect. Explore all your options.
For more tips on finding a job after graduation, make an appointment with our Career Services team. They’re here to help you build your resume and portfolio, give you tips for interviewing, introduce you to career opportunities and more.