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Specializes in L&D. Has 10 years experience.

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As a NP, is it worth the time? Do NP’s normally secure employment via this route or is it more of a place for humble bragging; ideal for non healthcare industries?

adventure_rn, BSN

Specializes in NICU, PICU.

I can't speak to NPs, but as an RN with a pretty strong profile (compelling 'about me' section, specialty certifications, a bunch of connections) and I have recruiters ask me to apply for decent job opportunities at least a few times a month.

I don't know if it actually makes me any stronger of a candidate, but it helps me learn about job opportunities I wouldn't know about otherwise.

I also include my linkedin link on my resume (with my contact info) since I like my 'about me' section so much--it's kind of like my personal cover letter.

I also included my specialty credentials (CCRN, RNC-NIC) in my 'Last Name' box. That way, when recruiters are sorting through a bunch of names, yours will show up as "Upgrading Status MSN, NP", instead of just "Upgrading Status." It should help you stand out, helps you come up first in NP searches, and clarifies your role.

djmatte, ADN, MSN, RN, NP

Has 7 years experience.

People recruit there. It’s good to have a solid profile. But never personally gotten s job through there despite lots of people reaching out. 

umbdude, MSN, NP

Specializes in Psych/Mental Health. Has 4 years experience.

It's just one of the means to staying connected and potentially leading to an opportunity. 

I did get a job (not nursing) indirectly through LinkedIn years ago when I reconnected with a coworker/classmate I had met when I was in high school. He introduced me to his friend and I landed a job through that connection.

As an NP I get 2-3 connection requests a month from recruiters via LinkedIn, but most are staffing firms and not jobs I'd want. I did get an invite to interview from physician recruiters for an attending position at an ivy-academic hospital and also from the US army.

It's worth setting your profile up and include your academic credentials and experience. If you have an impressive profile, inevitably certain people in your circle will think you're bragging. But recruiters do not view profiles this way. They're just looking for a possible quality match.

I don't have a linkedin account. Good question though. Let me follow this thread.

Nope. I got all my job leads from keeping my Indeed profile updated and applying that way. 

All I get on Linkedin are messages from school recruiters who didn't read that I already have an MSN, and spam from financial planners.

EBinsfieldRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Med Surg, Geriatrics,Hospice/Home Care, Wound Care. Has 23 years experience.

Find LinkedIn groups in your specialty or clinical interest. Network with members, respond to posts. LinkedIn is a viable resource for just about any career in any industry. The old adage “you get out of it what you put it to it” rings true here. The more you interact on LI, the more visibility you’ll get. And more often than not, that visibility turns into potential job opportunities.

Sure, you’ll get messages from recruiters that likely aren’t of interest to you, but eventually you’re likely to make contact with principals at entities with whom you’d be interested to work. I think of it as an investment of time/effort that often pays off. And you’ll make plenty of worthwhile connections.

sleepwalker, MSN, NP

Specializes in Occupational Health. Has 17 years experience.

Nope...never found linked in to be of that much use

However, I have found and accepted positions from Indeed.com 

As a side note...I've received a few recruiting offers for positions that I started to fill in the initial application on-line and then backed out of the site because the process was too cumbersome and it was asking for everything already contained/present in my CV. Got the emails one to two days later from a direct recruiter contact who then, magically, only needed my CV😃

28 minutes ago, sleepwalker said:

Nope...never found linked in to be of that much use

However, I have found and accepted positions from Indeed.com 

As a side note...I've received a few recruiting offers for positions that I started to fill in the initial application on-line and then backed out of the site because the process was too cumbersome and it was asking for everything already contained/present in my CV. Got the emails one to two days later from a direct recruiter contact who then, magically, only needed my CV😃

Same. 

Upgrading_Status, BSN, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in L&D. Has 10 years experience.

13 hours ago, EBinsfieldRN said:

Find LinkedIn groups in your specialty or clinical interest. Network with members, respond to posts. LinkedIn is a viable resource for just about any career in any industry. The old adage “you get out of it what you put it to it” rings true here. The more you interact on LI, the more visibility you’ll get. And more often than not, that visibility turns into potential job opportunities.

Sure, you’ll get messages from recruiters that likely aren’t of interest to you, but eventually you’re likely to make contact with principals at entities with whom you’d be interested to work. I think of it as an investment of time/effort that often pays off. And you’ll make plenty of worthwhile connections.

Thank you, I appreciate your help. I will certainly look into the groups and participate.

aok7, NP

Has 12 years experience.

I found a preceptor through LinkedIn and later have established job opportunities through LinkedIn.  There is a sense of ongoing professional connections with LinkedIn, a sense of networking rather than simply being a job seeker.  I also used Indeed, found success there but definitely a numbers game.  I like to narrow my interest where I can, for example if you belong to specialty professional organizations there are usually areas for job openings and here you can really lessen the applicant pool. 

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My current employer only posts on LinkedIn, indeed and the hospital site. I've had some really great recruiters message me on LinkedIn as well