Find Nursing Jobs Easily With These 5 Tips
There are a lot of different tools and tactics to help you find nursing jobs, but that doesn’t mean it’s ever been an easy feat. That’s why we here at connectRN has put together a list of tips to get you on your way!
Use Your Network to Find Nursing Jobs
Nursing school friends, mentors, professors, family friends. People who know you are always the best source for job introductions and referrals. Also, hospitals typically have referral programs so there are incentives in place for your network to make an introduction. There is no harm in letting people know that you are job hunting and what you are looking for. I recommend scheduling monthly casual check ins via phone, text, or for coffee to stay top of mind. People are always busy and may forget about an opening in their organizations that might be a perfect fit.
Find Per Diem Shifts
Working Per Diem at an institution can be a great introduction to the job and the culture you will be exposed to with no long term expectations. As defined by Allnurses.com, Per Diem basically means working on a day-by-day basis. You get called in as needed (like when another nurse calls in sick or is on vacation and the hospital is low on staff) and are usually the first one to leave once the rush quiets down. You will get the opportunity to show your skills and build relationships with hiring managers. There is new technology out there that is connecting hospitals with nurses looking for this kid of work. We here at connectRN aid with this very type of work. All you have to do is build a profile to see what options you have open in your area. It gives both sides flexibility and a chance to get to know one another.
Use Hospital Job Boards to Find Nursing Jobs
These are a great way to see what the hospital has for needs. However, it is tough to rise above everyone else in the resume pile. A lot of times it feels like you are sending your resume into the never ending space only for it never to be found. Hospital HR is typically swamped and it can be tough to get through. I recommend following up with a phone call to HR to introduce yourself and see if they are open to informational interviews. Also, leverage your network to see if anyone you know works there that might be able to get your name to a hiring manager.
A staffing agency can be a great intro to a job you may love and use someone else to find nursing jobs for you. Agencies typically have good relationships with hiring managers and can help you get in front of the right people. If you can commit to a longer term contract this may be the way to go. They are also a great way to gain experience as a new nurse. However, there are a couple things you need to know about joining an agency. Agencies receive big financial payouts if the hospital hires you. Some hospitals may want you to work there but decide not to make an offer because of the contract. They can be a great way to break in and find nursing jobs, but make sure you read the contract to ensure you understand the contract length and expectations.
Job boards and recruiters are a good piece of the puzzle for helping you find a job. Recruiters can help you tweak your resume for a specific institution or position, and since they get paid when you get a job there is an incentive for them to find nursing jobs for you. They also typically get the inside scoop on what the institution is specifically looking to hire.
Job boards can be helpful as well. Typically boards like indeed and Monster will be tough to sift through because there are many positions and you can’t always tell who is posting and what they are posting for. However, it does give you a good sense of what is needed in a specific geography or institution. Hospital specific job boards can give you a sense of what the need may be at a specific institution. If you really want to work at a specific institution, these are a great way to see what they are looking to hire and what the required experience and qualifications are.
More importantly here are a few nursing specific job boards that you might want to check out: