If you are new nursing graduate actively looking to get your foot in the door,
here are a few tips to help you stand out it in today’s highly competitive job
market. The ANA Nurse’s Career Center is a great place to start your job search.
There are several things you can do before, during, and after your job search to
make the process a success. A successful search takes preparation, persistence,
time and most importantly patience.
Know What You
Create short and long term career goals and objectives.
This will help narrow your online search and let you focus on the jobs that
match your salary expectations, relocation interests, and career
Update Your Resume and Cover Letter
yourself in your resume and cover letter. Make sure you highlight all relevant
experiences and certifications. Remember you are up competing against other
qualified applicants. Set yourself apart and customize your resume and cover
letter for each position you apply to.
Streamline Your Job
Start by searching with keywords related to your
education, specialty, or hospital setting. This will help eliminate unnecessary
listings that don’t match your requirements.
Use Your Networking
To find the job that fits, you need to develop additional
contacts and relationships with others online. Participate in relevant
discussion forums, join professional groups, and reach out elsewhere.
get the most out of your involvement, practice the Golden Rule of Networking:
Give as good as you get. Share your knowledge and expertise with others in these
online discussions, so that they will be inclined to share their knowledge of
job openings and connections to the nursing workforce.
and Don’t Give Up
The job hunting process can take anywhere from
6-12 months. Stay positive, with time and patience you will find the job you
Job search, post or update your resume at the ANA Nurse's Career Center.