Employers love to see brand new graduates applying for jobs, so get out and start the search as soon as you're eligible. By doing so, you'll show employers just how motivated and excited you are to start working as a nurse. You'll need to first get your resume in order and then get as much exposure as you can. Remember, the more exposure you have, the more opportunities will present themselves to you.
The key to getting ahead is to get started and not get discouraged by remembering that every job that is available might not be available to you because you won't yet have the experience that others do. And so at times you may have to consider different factors that might affect what job you take.
For example, if you're just starting a nursing career, you may have to make between taking your dream job, which is located on the other side of the country or the non-dream job that is just across town. There is no right or wrong answer but often job-hunting involves a bit of compromise. Once you have established yourself and have a great reputation, you will have more opportunities to work when and where you want. But every nurse must pay dues and gain experience just like in any other field.
The good news for nurses is that since there is a shortage, you should have literally unlimited job opportunities available to you, even if you have to take a job across the country or start in your second choice facility. But you have to know just where to look.
Where to Look
There are many places that you can look for nursing jobs by yourself, as well as people and organizations that help you. So, where you start?
If you are just finishing with school, you should always start there. Often nursing schools and colleges not only have career days and job bulletin boards with openings posted on them, but some work specifically with certain employers and are knowledgeable about jobs that are not open to the general public.
If you aren't sure what your school provides, make an appointment to talk with a counselor and ask them if they provide any services that could help you in your job hunt.
Believe it or not the newspaper is still a great way to find hospital and healthcare jobs in general. Hospitals will often post opening in local papers, on their bulletin boards at their physical location, and in online job posting boards.
There are many online job boards, and many of them specialize in certain types of jobs - such as nursing. That can help you to narrow down and focus your search - saving both time and money. Also look in trade magazines, where many employers post job openings when they become available.
Another very popular option is to go through an agency. You will have to take some time to register with the agency, which requires filling out an application and other paperwork, but once it's done, the agency will begin to search for a job on your behalf. Like school programs, agencies often have access to thousands of jobs that are never offered to the general public because those companies want to ensure they are getting high quality nurses who have been pre-screened by the agency. Some agencies will be located in your local area, while you can others online.
Once you're trained, your goal will be to put those skills to use by getting out in the field and helping people. But before you do that, you'll have to put in some research and time to find a job. Do that by taking the above suggestions and putting them to use. Now go on, the perfect job is just waiting for you - go find it.