Landing a job in a tough economy

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    Advice provided for job leads and finding nursing positions in 2011 tight economy.

    while wandering the internet tonight, found an interesting article at ana's career center:
    landing a job in a tough economy
    by sharon brewer, rn, bsn, msn
    originally published in lippincott's career directory 2010

    to begin, use all venues available that may help you learn about open positions. make new contacts at nursing conferences and professional meetings, perform internet job searches, contact key people you
    know, apply online and in person, visit traditional and virtual job fairs, and tap your nursing and alumni organizations
    see the side bar on broadening your horizons.

    nsna also has advice regarding the realities of the current job market

    so here's nrskaren's advice re job leads:

    1. network network, network throughout your student experiences.

    2. take advantage of any student practicums, student emersions, exchange students to make a favorable impression.

    3. while student, join national studet nurses' association (nsna).
    actively attend meetings at local, state and national convention.
    1982 had great convention in minneapolis --who knew that an headquaters would be launched nearby in 10 more years.

    4. keep in touch with classmates re job hunt and throughout your career,

    5. join professional associations, including ana:

    6. attend nursing job fairs andseminars.-- bring address stickers to place on reply cards along with multiple copies of resumes.

    7. volunteer to get your foot in the door, learn working of area healthcare facilities and add experience to resume.

    8. get out the yellow pages (or search online):
    look for every listing/title that is medical or nursing related: hospitals, long term acute hospital (ltac), skilled nursing facilities, home care agency, nursing agencies, physicians, dialysis clinic, medical offices, red cross, medical equipment companies, adult day care centers, continuing care retirement communitieis (ccrc), senior services, office of aging, disability services, etc.
    make a list of the ones you are interested in and check websites for career openings. no listings? send inquiry letter anyway to hr dept + resume. follow-up by phone.
    9. consider working for federal or state government. these jobs often not advertised/found on career websites, just in these sites...may take up to 6 months to hear back from application.

    10. ask friends, soccer/baseball/hockey moms who are nurses, neighbors, distant cousin who works in hospital---eveyone you know in healthcare that you are looking for a position.

    11. if hiring manager, keep resumes sent to you for 1-2yrs. may never know if a hard to fill position may be attractive to a prior candidate.

    12. .check allnurses nursing career advice section, especially stickied links on cover letter, resume and interview advice.

    how did i gleam this advice?

    during 1982 nsna convention, my interest in nursing activism was flammed after a dinner meeting i attended with villanova university nursing dean dr louise fitzpatrick and mary mallon rn, then ajn editor who stressed the value of keeping in touch with peers and professors over the years and need for life long learning.

    during a psna district meeting, met an rn who owned a critical care registry, and just opened homecare agency; she asked me to work prn for them --10yrs later my contract with them was bought out by another company who "borrowed" me for 2 days.

    four yrs later when i saw parent company going down the tubes, networked with a college buddy who insisted i come to work with her employer, a non-profit homecare agency.... i'm still here 11 yrs later and became her boss in 2002 (worked for me till age 75, another story)

    i've used paid ads in local nursing magazines nursing spectrum and advance for nurses in philadelphia area to attract the best staff. turned down a seasoned rn msn who had inpatient education experience and just completed a refresher program due to her difficulty identifying word and excel documents...gently told her a computer course would be helpful due to our electronic medical record (emr) and use of excel spreadsheets.

    four months later she emailed me that she'd completed course at a community college: "keep me in mind". lucky for her, another rn position opened thereafter and immediately got the job...later told me best $250.00 she ever spent!

    have helped jump start careers of new grads transferring across us who's nursing instructors actively involved at an asked if could i give them pointers about local's all about that networking!!!

    got my fingers crossed now that economic forces will change and facilities will start to hire new grads again for you are nursing's future.
    Last edit by Joe V on Aug 13, '12
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