Nursing school can give its graduates a wide range of experience in the clinical education it provides, from labor and delivery to triage, and any areas in-between. These skills and experience are important to note on a resume, giving potential employers a good basis from which to understand the strengths of a nursing school graduate. A resume, in fact, can be considered a “first contact” for many nurses, and it is important to highlight all skills and education gained throughout nursing school, in a concise and factual manner.
After a resume has been developed, searching for a job in nursing can be a multi-faceted endeavor. Many new graduates use job placement agencies within a college, university or online nursing school to secure employment, while others may register with businesses that “head hunt” for nurses. Many websites offer a wide range of open jobs that can be targeted within a specific location or area of expertise in nursing. Networking with nurses and other medical professionals can be a great way to discover job openings and even get referrals and references for a job.
Once a hiring manager or human resources professional receives a resume, the next step is interviewing. Preparation for the interview is the key to showing off a graduate’s skills, education and confidence in nursing. Practicing interview questions and researching the hospital, clinic or facility can all be effective ways to present a polished and educated nursing professional to those who make the final decision on which applicant to hire.
Finding a job in nursing may be one of the more intimidating processes facing a nursing school graduate. However, the process can be made much easier with the right amount and type of planning. Through building a resume, researching jobs and facilities and preparing for an interview, a new nursing school graduate can find that the search for a job in nursing can be easier than ever imagined.