Finding a new nursing job can be a stressful process, especially if it’s been a while since you last switched roles. Between filling out nursing job applications, networking with potential employers, and coordinating interviews (not to mention working shifts at your current job and possibly battling nurse burnout), you can easily feel exhausted by the process. Even finding jobs to apply to can be time-consuming!
Even though the job hunt has a lot of moving parts, it doesn’t have to be painful. This nursing job application checklist will make sure you’re prepared for every part of the job search–and will provide free resources to make the process as quick and painless as possible.
Update your resume…or skip it altogether!
Before you go on the job hunt, make sure to update your resume. If you have an account on the HireMe Healthcare app, you can skip this section altogether! Your profile on the app essentially acts as your resume and allows you to update it whenever you want, as well as store images of your license and certificate(s).
Your resume is one of the first things an employer will see and will determine whether or not they’ll schedule an interview with you. In a highly technical field like nursing, a resume is even more important than normal because it showcases your nursing license, your level of education, and any other specialized licenses or training you have.
When polishing your resume, make sure to include:
Relevant experiences and skills
Action verbs at the start of each bullet point
Relevant education and training
Any BSN/ABSN/MN clinical experience if you’re less than two years out from nursing school
If you’d rather not go through the time-consuming process of updating your resume, consider using the HireMe Healthcare app instead. With the app, you only have to enter your information once! You simply enter your work experience, licenses, and certificates, and the app does the rest of the work for you.
Prepare for interviews
A resume is a laundry list of your past education and work experience. The interview is the narrative that fits all the pieces together. Make sure the story you’re telling about your professional and academic background is as polished and authentic as it can be.
How? Prepare for your interviews in advance.
Three of the best ways to prepare for an interview include:
Brainstorming potential questions an employer could ask and coming up with answers
Practicing the STAR method of responding to interview questions
Doing a mock interview with a friend or family member
Practicing self-care the day of the interview so you go into it feeling your best
Utilize free resources to complete your nursing job application checklist
Applying for jobs can be a long, stressful process—but it doesn’t have to be with the right help. Since there is a nursing shortage, there are plenty of free nursing resources available to help you land your next nursing role. One of the top-ranked resources out there is the HireMe Healthcare app, which lets you communicate directly with employers, reducing the amount of time spent submitting job applications and setting up interviews.