By Kim Bassett
The hardest part of getting that first nursing job is convincing someone you have what it takes without having the experience to back it up. Hiring and orienting new graduate nurses is very expensive. How do you convince a healthcare organization to take a risk on hiring you?
Use the job description terminology. Spend time really reviewing the opportunity. Hone in on the keywords within a job description. A human resources department is specifically looking for those keywords in your cover letter and on your resume. I have several versions of my resume and cover letters that I use based on the position in which I am applying.
Think about your educational experience. I don’t mean lie. Never lie. What areas of your healthcare education did you excel in? What do you see yourself doing? Include a few bullets on your resume about these areas. Make sure you are ready to discuss these during the interview process. Look to projects you did in school that qualifies you for some of the areas in the job you are seeking. Talking to these projects will show the interviewer that you are conversant in the healthcare role in which you are seeking.
Research the Company. Learn as much about the position and the company as you can. Go online. Stop by the company and take a look around. Know something about the leadership. Think about what you have in common with the company and why you would be a good fit for them. Work these details into the conversation during your interview. [Read more…]