It's finally graduation! It is time to walk across that stage and get that diploma you have earned! After the countless all night study sessions, ability to nap where-ever, learning to adapt quickly to the chaos that has surrounded you, you are now ready to enter the nursing field. If you haven't gotten that dream job yet, here are some tips to make sure you stand out and land the job!
1.) Network. Go to any event where local healthcare places might be (trade shows, job fairs, events on campus, etc.). Networking allows you to meet a variety of people who potentially can help you land your first job. It is also a great way to get to know professionals in the field you are looking to enter and to learn about opportunities you might not otherwise learn about.
2.) Be on good terms with your nursing instructors. For most positions, employers will require a list of references/recommendations. An instructor is a perfect resource for a recommendation. They know your work habits, they most likely have spent a lot of time with you, so they know your personality and would be able to write you the best recommendation.
3.) Ask questions at the interview. Usually, at the end of the interview, the interviewer will ask, "so do you have any questions for me?". Be prepared to ask questions. Ask about the company itself, the environment and type of people that work there. Not only will these questions get you answers that are important for you to decide if the company is a right fit for you, it also shows the interviewer that you have prepared for the meeting and are interested as much in them as they are in you.
4.) Customize your Resumé. Not every job you apply for will be the same, so the resume shouldn't be the same for each application. Tweak your resume with keywords or actions that the job is looking for. This will make you more appealing to the interviewer.
5.) Volunteer. White looking for a permanent job, volunteer at a hospital or other health care facility to keep your medical skills up to date as well as gaining experience in the industry you want to have a career in.