Tips for making a job search easier
If you are in the final stretch of your training program or you have recently completed school, now is the time to begin your job search. You're excited to step onto your career path, and you feel ready to put the knowledge and experience you've gained to good use. But, if you simply open a browser and do a Google search on “nursing jobs,” you may find yourself quickly lost in an over-whelming and time-consuming vortex of clicking through the various links.
That's why we decided to compile this list. While we don't endorse one particular job search engine, job board or method, we offer these tips as suggestions for you to jump start your search.
Search engines, boards, and company web sites can all be useful when you are in the market for a job.
Job search engines
Job search engines have a broader range of job postings because they pull their listings from multiple sources.
SimplyHired and Indeed are two popular ones. LinkUP is another one, which only compiles its lists directly from company web sites, not other search engines or job boards, which means there is less duplication of postings.
Companies list specific openings on job boards. You can also often apply for the job directly through the board. You can register with job boards (some carry a few) and upload your resume.
Specialty job boards list jobs that are industry-specific. A health-care job board like HealthECareers.com or HealthJobsNationwide.com might be a good place to do some research if you are looking to work in a hospital, doctor's office, or other health-care facility.
Go directly to the source
Many companies and organizations have an employment page on their web site with current openings. If there are specific places you want to work, look at their web sites to see if they are hiring.
It's also a good idea to sign up for alerts. You'll need to do this on the individual job boards or on company web sites (many have this as an option). Once you do, you will receive email messages about job postings.
Get social to get networking
Getting to know people, in person and in the social media realm, can open doors to opportunities like forging professional relationships, finding someone who can act as your mentor as you start your career, and connecting you to potential employers. And somewhere in the future as you gain experience, you can then give back by sharing your experience. When networking, always remember to be professional and that it is about relationship building and a mutual exchange of knowledge, not just what leads or jobs the other person can give to you.
- Professional Organizations
Joining a professional association is always a good idea for ongoing opportunities for networking and professional development. Some may also offer a place on their web sites to search for relevant jobs.
Facebook also has groups to join where you can interact with people with similar professional goals. Simply do a search within Facebook using key words related to your field to find them.
While Twitter doesn't seem to necessarily be known as a job-search tool, according to this article, potential employers do tweet about job openings. It also states that you can sign up for alerts from Tweetmyjobs to stay updated on jobs that might fit your skill set.
If you don't have a LinkedIn profile yet, create one. Here's a recent article with suggestions on how to get started. LinkedIn offers you the space to highlight your skills and experiences, find potential job opportunities, stay current on industry trends, and connect with other professionals.
We hope this article has been useful for you as you begin your job search. We wish you all the best as you head out into the career world!
This post is part of the weekly blog of the Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health, located in Manchester, NH. Visit us online to learn more, or reach out to schedule a campus tour!