Advice on Finding a Nursing Job

Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 9:08 pm

There are some conflicting reports out there on the amount of nursing jobs available and where to find them. I’ve noticed a couple of comments on this site of people asking “Do you have any advice on how to find a job?” Here are some of my favorite websites and some suggestions that I’ve come across. If you’re an LVN or RN student, there are still jobs available for you.

I love the internet because it’s an amazing resource. You can spend your whole life with your best friend being your laptop and never have to step foot out of the house. From ordering groceries to finding a soul mate, you can find just about everything on the World Wide Web. That said, I think that this can be one of your greatest resources for landing a job interview.

I know of several websites that have helped me find a job. My favorite one is Craigslist. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles like some of the other ones but it’s local, eliminates a middleman so you contact the employer directly, and the net is smaller so there are fewer applicants. I love that it’s easy to sort through and timely.

I just typed in “find a nursing job” in my Yahoo web browser and there are at least four websites that are focused just on nursing jobs that are available. Include Monster and Career Builder and you’re off to a good start.

Although the internet is great, nothing can replace the human touch. Contacts are the best way to get your foot in the door. Last month my niece who just graduated with her BSN got a job on her first interview with her first hospital choice. Granted she had great grades and gives off a confident first impression, but one of her friends knew the interviewer. Now it’s not always that easy, but really think about who you know and the connections they have and back it up by proving you’re the right candidate for the job.

I would also look into the college where I earned my certification or degree and see if they have a job placement program or career counselor who could give me advice or point me in the right direction. Another option would be to schedule a meeting with one of your former professors and see if they would be willing to review your resume or if they know of any tips to getting your foot in the door. Try to meet with friends from your program and see if they have found jobs and how they landed their positions. Finally, I would physically visit my surrounding hospitals, check out their job boards and maybe even volunteer just to make connections and make my presence known.

Finding a great job isn’t about any one thing; it takes a combination of good grades, a stellar resume, making a positive first impression and contacting the right people. More students are entering nursing programs, but it’s because 1/3 of Americans deal with chronic pain, we have an aging Baby Boomer generation and the American diet and exercise regime are pathetic. We will always need LVNs and RNs in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the country, so don’t lose hope!