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4 Tips for Finding the Perfect Nursing Job

Once you earn your Master of Science in Nursing or a registered nursing license, there’s still one step before putting what you’ve learned into practice – finding the perfect job. Even though you’re qualified and ready, it isn’t always easy to find the right job so soon after completing your schooling. Here are a few tips that can help you find the best career path for you in a reasonable time frame.

1. Don’t get hung up on your ‘dream job’
One barrier to finding the right nursing job may be that you’re holding out for a dream situation that you’ve been picturing for years. However, Scrubs magazine explained that for the vast majority of nurses, waiting for the dream job is the wrong approach to take. Instead, look for a reasonable position that can help you develop your skills and learn something new while still building toward your goal.

So, don’t give up on your dream job, but don’t wait around unemployed either. Take steps to volunteer, work and improve your credentials to the point that when there is a vacancy at your ideal position, you’ll be qualified, rich with experience and the optimal candidate.

2. Constantly build your resume and improve your first impression
When you apply for a good nursing job, you’re likely facing plenty of competition. This underscores the importance of having all your application materials be ready to make a great first impression for you. For example, address your cover letter and resume to the person who will actually be reading it rather than “to whom it may concern.”
Make sure you submit letters of recommendation letters from professors, previous supervisors and even nurses who worked with you. Use your resume to state your goal while explaining your flexibility and qualifications. With any luck, these materials will show your potential employer that you’re the best choice for the job.

3. Be persistent, but not rude
It’s not in human nature to want to annoy anyone, but you might not get the job you want without making a little extra effort to ensure the person who’s doing the hiring sees your application. Follow up an application with an email and an interview with a phone call. Don’t pester or invade a potential employer’s privacy, but let them know you’re serious about this job and willing to put in effort to get it.

4. Keep getting experience
No matter how your job hunt is going, don’t stop learning skills that can help you be a better nurse. You will find the right job at some point, and everything you have done up until that point will help you excel at that position.

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