Just because travel nurses are sought after and in-demand, don’t think you have your next job in the bag just yet. With some preparation, polishing and self-reflecting, your next job search can be your most seamless yet. Read about five of the most common mistakes nurses make during the job hunt.
One of the first points of contact between you and a recruiter will be your resume. Because of this, it’s very important to make sure your resume is up-to-date and showcases your relevant skills in a clear and professional manner.
When it comes to displaying your experiences and background, use concise and common language. Make it as easy as possible for the end user and be sure to list all nursing credentials, education and your current position. If there is more than three months between two jobs, explain the gap.
Recruiter Sarah G. encourages candidates to show off in their resume.
“You’re the only one who knows your experience, credentials and accomplishments,” she said. “Don’t be afraid to show off and brag about yourself a little. Put your best foot forward.”
Limiting yourself to one work environment
From the fast-paced shift of an ER nurse, to working at a small rural community facility, there are a variety of facility options out there. One of the best parts about being a travel nurse is experiencing many work environments.
That being said, to take true advantage of the assortment of facilities available, keep an open mind. Don’t be too particular about your facility needs and be open to try new things. Take advantage of the options in the healthcare field and don’t be afraid to branch out to discover what exactly you like, or dislike, in a facility type. You never know what excitement or challenges a new environment will bring until you try it!
Sloppy online presence
In today’s world, it is very common for hiring managers or recruiters to check out your online space during the screening process. When your name is Googled or searched on Facebook, make sure the results yield a positive online presence.
It’s always best to make sure your social profiles have tight privacy settings. You don’t need a recruiter finding your Instagram page which contains photos of you in compromising settings or situations.
If your social profiles are not private, be sure to portray your best self at all times. Avoid offensive memes, oversharing, and conversations around religion or politics. Additionally, keep in mind that anyone on your current friends or followers list could potentially have an impact on whether or not you land a job. You never know what mutual connections you may have!
Lack of interview prep
Even though your training, skills and education is desirable, it’s still important to knock any phone screens or interviews out of the park. With a little time and effort, it’s easy to set yourself apart from other candidates with quality preparation.
Before speaking with a recruiter or manager, make sure you learn all you can about the position or facility to which you’re applying. If you have friends or colleagues who have experience in the role and/or company you’re applying for, pick their brain to gain insight and knowledge. A little research can go a long way.
Additionally, make sure all necessary paperwork is handy and ready to be distributed. The hiring process can move pretty fast. If and when you’re hired, you’ll thank yourself for having all licenses, resumes, credentials and certifications in one place. The recruiter will greatly appreciate it.
Unfocused on next opportunity
Another great bonus of working in the nursing industry is knowing it shouldn’t take long to find a new job. Whether you’re looking to relocate to another area of the US, or try out a new facility, your next opportunity is right around the corner. Always have your sights on your next gig because 13 weeks will fly by.
During your current travel nursing assignment, start thinking about what you want your next position to be like. Hash out your wants and needs, and determine the best next step toward meeting your long-term career goals. You will never regret being one step ahead. And when the time to move on approaches, work with a recruiter to start the process.
GHR Travel Nursing wishes you the best of luck in your job hunt!