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Advice on Finding a Nursing Job

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!

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Can Facebook Help in Job Placement?

Who doesn’t have a Facebook or Twitter account by now? It seems like it’s as common as having a phone number or home address. Now social networking sites have become a major source of job recruitment. If you are a pharmacy technician student, the job possibilities have just increased as more employers are connecting via internet.

Nursezone.com editorial director Carol Burke writes that, “The trend toward using social media to connect employers and job candidates continues to grow. According to research based on a 2009 survey of employers, published by Career Builder, almost half of the employers surveyed reported that they used social networking sites to evaluate and research candidates. That number appears to be growing, as the popularity of sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter continues unabated.”

I must say that I found my first job through meeting a recruiter at a job fair, but my last three positions have been through Craigslist.com. Without the internet, I honestly don’t know how to find a job the old fashioned way. (I don’t even have a newspaper subscription to look through the Help Wanted section!)

Burke reports that, “In a 2010 survey of registered nurses, physicians, pharmacists and allied health care professionals, AMN Healthcare, the nation’s largest health care staffing and workforce solutions company, asked professionals about their use of social and mobile media for job searching. Nearly 1,250 clinicians responded, with 6 out of 10 noting that they have actively searched for a new job in the last two years …Not surprisingly, respondents noted that over the past two years, top job search methods have been referrals, direct contact and then search engines and job boards as the most popular methods.”

One of the best ways for hospitals and clinics to represent themselves is through social networking. This article states that over 900 hospitals have accounts on social networking sites and many are establishing blogs. “For many, Twitter and Facebook allow them to feature community and education programs, specialized health programs or expertise in a particular discipline. Others are using social media sites to promote their facilities as great places to work, with many posting jobs.”

If you are a pharmacy tech student in the San Francisco Bay Area, open that search engine and check out some hospital websites in the area, start a Facebook account and get ready to do some research. It’s never too early to start planning for your future.

To read the complete article mentioned in this post, please visit
http://nursezone.com/Nursing-News-Events/more-news/Where-Does-Social-Media-Fit-in-a-Health-Care-Job-Search_36772.aspx

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Finding a Job – It’s Who You Know

Finding the right job is never easy, and once you find it the competition may be fierce. Although health care jobs are among the most stable and available, the really desirable ones have the highest number of applicants. Sometimes the best way to enter into a job after you finish your medical assisting certification may be through who you know.

Wendy Kaufman writes on NPR.com that many companies are on the look out to find strong candidates to hire, but sometimes good help is hard to find. “Even though millions of Americans are looking for work, many employers say it’s too hard to find good help. So, many companies and organizations are encouraging employees to be on the lookout for talent and are offering cash bonuses for referrals that lead to a hire…Employee referral programs can be found in all kinds of industries, from technology to finance and manufacturing to health care.”

One good thing about health care is that we all seem to know at least one person who is working at a hospital or clinic. And if you don’t know someone, all you have to do is make an appointment with your doctor. (Please don’t get sick or injured for this purpose, though!!)

Jennifer Richards, the administrative director of human resources at the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle comments that “in the past two years, Virginia Mason, one of Seattle’s major health care providers, has hired a lot of people through its referral program including nurses, medical assistants, patient care technicians, managers and IT professionals.”

There are a couple of reasons why companies would rather hire someone who is based on a referral than researching an applicant who sends in a resume cold turkey. “Hiring managers say when they extend an offer to someone who’s been referred, they often feel more confident that they know what they are getting. ‘I think one of the things that we get by bringing on board somebody who’s known by one of our staff members is we have already begun to establish an element of trust,’ says Mary Pirnke, a nurse and a recruiting supervisor at the medical center.”

New employees also feel more comfortable and established if they have a connection with a current employee. They are more likely to make ties and settle into a job which leads to company loyalty and staying power.

If you are in a medical assisting program in the San Francisco Bay Area, it’s never too soon to start networking with others in the medical field. The relationships you nurture today may help you land a job tomorrow!

To read the complete article referenced in this post, you can visit
http://www.npr.org/2011/04/08/135218180/help-wanted-references-fill-jobs-and-pockets