As a nursing student, now that you have graduated from school having massive ambition and full of hope for the future. You may doubt if you will land your first nursing job because you have heard about the nursing shortage, and you know it isn't easy to get a nursing job right after graduation. And the more you understand this, the more concerned you get about your future. 

So now how do you land your job?

There are methods you may implement to make the most of your current circumstances. Whether you are an experienced nurse searching for work or a fresh nurse looking for possibilities, take the time to memorize the following job hunting advice.


  1. Put your best foot forward at all times.

Opportunities they say knock at once, but they can also come when you don’t expect them. To be certain not to be caught off guard always have your resume updated, show professionalism in things that you do, and apply good communication skills. You don’t know, maybe that person you met might be an HR representative to key you to that dream job you want. 


  1. Don’t be desperate

Landing a wrong job can be worse than not having one at all in most cases. For example, fresh nurse graduates are very impatient in landing their first job that they end up in a clerical position or get a job that doesn't befit their degree. But you plan to do them temporarily is still a good thing but accepting to do a long-term out of desperation of a job then you having to do to yourself more harm than good. 


This is also true if you are looking for a nursing career. If a post has been showing openings for an extended length of time, conduct a background check immediately.  It might be due to inadequate managerial abilities or something even worse. In any case, make use of your common sense and instincts while job hunting.


  1. Set out your priorities

If you cannot plan, then you are planning to fail. This also applies when you begin your job search. Just don’t apply for every vacancy you see. 

Remember, these three rules should be followed: Ready, Aim, and Fire. Begin by setting down your short- and long-term goals. After then, you can tailor your job search to your career path, your salary expectation, and other related factors. 


  1. Expand your network.

In a highly competitive field like nursing, who you know maybe more important than what you know.

In other words, separating yourself from your colleagues may come back to haunt you when you look for your next nursing position. This is why widening your network both within and outside of nursing school can assist your career in the long run.

The majority of the time, nurses find employment through recommendations or job alerts that they would not have received without the help of their networks. Joining online Nursing groups on Facebook and LinkedIn can also help you develop your professional network.

Just keep in mind that networking is all about "give and take"; no one will assist you to get work if you aren't willing to help them.


  1. Don’t give up

Finally, remember that perseverance and patience will get you through this difficult time. Nothing lasts forever, even nursing unemployment, which might last anywhere from 6 to 12 months.


So keep your chin up and a cheerful attitude at all times. For all you know, you may be a few steps away from landing your ideal nursing career.


June 20, 2021

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person

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