Published Sep 23, 2013
Just wondering if anyone used a new grad nursing head hunter. If so, can you pm me the name.
I have heard from hospital recruiters to be VERY careful with headhunters. You are giving them your personal information and having them sell you to hospitals. The hospitals have to pay the head hunters if the hire you. Why would they pay someone to find them an applicant when they can pull from the pile HR has. Just some food for thought! It's rough out there so good luck!!!
HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD
Hospitals do not engage outside recruiting firms (headhunters) for jobs that have no shortage of qualified applicants. Recruiting services cost money. I have NEVER heard health care employers working with this type of "recruiter" (paid by the job seeker). Recruitment firms are contracted by employers to find candidates for hard-to-fill jobs. The recruiter is paid a significant amount when one of their candidates is hired... usually a % of the annual salary for the position that was filled.
I know that there are tons of people/companies out there that prey on anxious job-seekers. They offer all types of service, from polishing your resume to prepping you for interviews and giving advice on your appearance. You have to PAY for these services. Don't fall for it. It's a scam.
KelRN215, BSN, RN
Head hunters don't typically recruit for staff nurse positions. New grads are a dime a dozen these days and hospitals typically have their own nurse recruitment departments.
Do you know what skill set or credentials new nurses need to have?
CrunchRN, ADN, RN
A nursing degree, preferably BSN, CPR. Others like ACLS, PALS, may help, but not required.
I've only heard of "headhunters" being used for top-level adminstrative positions or very advanced, specialized clinical positions, not general staff nurse positions, and, as already noted, don't see why there would be any need for new grads since the market in most places is full of them actively looking for jobs.
For credentials, you need to have a license and, in my area, a BSN. New grads honestly don't have a "skill set" and hiring managers know this. What you learned in four years of school pales in comparison to what you will learn in your first four months on the job.
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