The process of landing a job in the nursing field can be tiresome and strenuous, but there are ways that you can make it a much more pleasant experience. Whether you are applying for an entry-level position or supervisory role, there are always ways to make yourself stand out amongst the other candidates.
Though undoubtedly the medical industry is a highly competitive one, don’t worry; you are sure to get a chance by following these few suggestions. From tweaking your resume, to selecting the best references, using this helpful advice will increase the likelihood of you landing that dream job.
Cross Your T’s and Dot Your I’s
When writing your resume, you want to be sure to make your qualifications “shine bright like a diamond”. Double-check to ensure that all your grammar and spelling is correct, as the last thing you want any hiring manager finding in your resume and/or cover letter is misspelled words and outrageous grammatical errors. Being exceedingly thorough in your writing should be a top priority, and taken seriously, as most employers won’t even give a chance to candidates who make the slightest of mistakes on their resume.
When you are listing your awesome nursing skills and experiences, don’t forget to make sure that you capitalize when needed and use those bullet points correctly. A resume is essentially you introduction to your potential employer and speaks tremendously about your abilities and preparedness for the job to be.
Don’t let a grammatical error ruin your opportunity for getting that callback.
Cover Main Strengths in Cover Letter
Your cover letter can be another make or break deal as well. By simply regurgitating what you wrote in your resume, and not highlighting the vital skills and experiences that you bring to the table, that application of yours may likely stay at the bottom of the pile.
When writing a cover letter, really go all out and sell yourself! (Just don’t lie of course.)
Make your cover letter a brilliant showcase by mentioning what your greatest attributes are, as well as providing specific examples of how your previous experiences would provide you insight into the newly sought position. If you’re applying for a Nurse Practitioner job, highlight your best qualities, mention your passion for the field, and provide concrete evidence of your skills.
It can definitely be a useful idea to grab parts of the job descriptions and integrate them in your letter. Now of course don’t copy them word for word, but think about the manner in which you can lightly incorporate them into your writing.
Finally, when addressing your letter, do a little bit of extra research to try and find out who the actual hiring manager is. This sort of extra effort can showcase your willingness to go the extra mile and really impress someone in Human Resources.
Just as first impressions are important in life, they are also important on paper.
Experience and More Experience
When including work experience on your resume, you want to be as honest as your parents taught you to be.
Finally getting that call back for an interview, but then getting caught up in that web of lies you created, will surely make you look foolish and untrustworthy. If you are applying for an entry-level position, it is a best practice to simply list all of the experience that you have obtained throughout your schooling and training.
On the other hand, if you’ve been in the workforce for more than 10 years, think about only mentioning the most outstanding and relative jobs to the new position you are applying for. The idea should be to list jobs that provided you with experiences that correlate with what you seeking to do. How does flipping burgers in your teens relate to providing quality healthcare services to the elderly? Just be sure to think about the relation you are trying to express.
Also, consider listing all volunteer work that you have accomplished. This is effective especially because volunteer work can essentially prove that you are truly invested in the wellbeing of others. If you haven’t done any volunteer work, then make time for some to do some, as it can help you stand out from other candidates.
If you are unsure on how to list your experiences, there are many helpful sites that can assist in the process, such as www.myperfectresume.com
Regardless of what job you are applying for, you’ll always be asked for references.
Don’t simply take into account friends who will say nice comments about you, but rather, pick individuals who can attest to your work ethic. College professors, with whom you had a good relationship with, are a positively great idea if you are barely beginning your journey into the workforce. Kindly asking them to provide a reference letter is also exceedingly helpful.
If you are an experienced job seeker, pick and choose your references carefully to include peers and previous supervisors. Also, be sure to notify whomever you are listing, that you are going to be utilizing them as a reference. Try to provide them with as much relevant information about the position so they can have a general sense of what it is you are aiming to do. Providing them with the company name, position you applying for, and few of the job expectancies will help to make sure they aren’t caught off guard and unable to effectively answer questions on your behalf.
Failing to do so can make you look unprepared and thus not a qualified candidate.
Practice those Interview Skills
When you finally land that interview, the most important thing to do prior to the actual meeting is – PRACTICE!
If you don’t have anyone to help you, stand in front of a mirror, and ask yourself those tough questions you might be faced with. The Web is a great resource for preparing, as there are dozens of websites that can provide you with potential questions (and even ideas for answers).
Two of the most frequently noted questions are, “What motivates you to work in the nursing field and what is the most difficult part of being a nurse?”
Do your research and prepare, for a bit of confidence boost on that big day. Practice might not make perfect, but it sure can help you come close to it.
At NP PA Recruiters, we care about your future, and understand the pressures of searching for that perfect nursing job where you can showcase all of your abilities. We know how rigorous the work is that you have put in just to get into a job and that’s why we are here to help you in finding the best fit.
Visit our website at www.npparecruiters.com, or contact one of our offices at 956-772-1400 or 214-351-3880, to receive additional support for that job search. At NP PA Recruiters, your success is our goal.