You may have heard recruiters tell you that you have to pay your dues… that you have to work your way up from the bottom… to slug it out before jobs get better. But really? What if we told you that you could have the job of your dreams right out of nursing school? Why wait?!
Landing your dream job
Recruiter relationships often require both management and grit. There are exceptional recruiters out there who are on your side. We know. We’ve met loads of them. But there are also many recruiters who have pretty tough positions to fill: jobs in less attractive locations, without awesome pay or benefits. Some recruiters may adopt dubious strategies to target nurses with less experience to fill these undesirable positions. Do you need to take this job to get on the ladder? In short: no.
“Your dream job is not as far away as you might think”
Sure, it would be easier to land a less attractive job simply because fewer nurses will be interested in it. But it doesn’t have to be you. There is a healthcare shortage in many states and this can work to your advantage, especially if you are willing to travel. Your dream job may not be the first job you’re offered, but it’s not as far away as you might think.
Strategies for aiming high
To stave off the low fruit you may be offered, here are our three top tips: define your job criteria, market yourself and get the right search tools on your side.
Before you look for a job, define what you’re looking for. How do you describe your dream job? Sort your job criteria into two categories: “make or break” and “preference”. If a job in Southern California is vital to be close to your Gran, that’s “make or break” for you. For others, it’s the sort of facility, pay or particular specialty. Decide what’s firm and where you can be flexible.
“Define it: what is “make or break” for you?”
Once you know what you’re looking for, get ready to sell yourself. Be your biggest fan and put yourself out there! Think about what unique qualities you have to offer and what makes you an awesome employee. Network and mine your personal connections for links to job possibilities. Do practice interviews with friends to build your confidence.
“Be your biggest fan and put yourself out there!”
Finally, all nurses – but especially new ones – need the right tools for the search. With HealthcareWings on your side, you’ll have access to 100,000 healthcare jobs in seconds and 2,000 more every day. Our smart platform gets to know you, can make incredible matches and deliver targeted job possibilities directly to your inbox. We also have personal career managers to help you get the most out of the HealthcareWings platform. You’ll land your dream job in a heartbeat!
You deserve it!
Nursing school was a slog – don’t let the job search or prospects get you down! You deserve to find a job that you love and be respected as you search for it. HealthcareWings is on your team! Let’s do this!
Sign up now for free and aim high!