In honor of National Healthcare Recruiter Month, Nursing Spectrum asked healthcare recruiters for their advice on finding employment in todays tight economic job market. Read what some of them had to say. For additional advice, visit www.Nurse.com/NewYork.
Marian L. Rutherford, RN, MSN, PHR, Administrator for Clinical Affairs , Recruitment and External Relations, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health, Teaneck, N.J.
Since you are entering into a very competitive New Jersey/New York healthcare market, you have several options. Take any job that you are offered. Relocate; there are many places north, south, and west of the New York metropolitan area that are recruiting nurses. Further your education. Volunteer to work at a lower salary. Follow up with recruiters who have interviewed you. Get out there and network. Dont give up. The average age of the RN is approximately 48, so there will be jobs in the near future.
Karen Hanson, Director of Talent Acquisition and Retention, and Joan Orseck, RN, RN Nurse Recruitment Coordinator, Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center
Be sure to do your homework so you know about the organization and job prior to the interview. Second, make a list of the pros and cons of your current position so you are able to articulate why you want this new job or job change. Lastly, make sure this change is really the challenge you are looking for. Changing employment is a big decision. Listen to your heart and your head.
Gail L. Kronenwett RN, BSN, RN Recruitment & Retention Manager, Lawrence Hospital Center, Bronxville, N.Y.
You must try to find out as much as you can formally and informally about the organization. You can get this information from many sources, for example, from the Web site, from colleagues, staff, and former patients, and from talking with the recruiter. Inquire upon interview about the financial health of the organization, which would include annual RN raises, any recent layoffs, hiring freeze or chill, and hospital or company growth. Besides meeting the nurse manager, be sure to meet the staff members during the interview process since they are your possible future colleagues.
Maureen Giorgi, RN, BSN , Nurse Recruiter, Health Quest, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Dress to make a good first impression. For new graduates, do well in school. Yes, we do look at grades. Be flexible. We may not be able to offer you your dream job right away. When you accept a position, try to stay in that job for at least one year. Candidates who job hop are difficult to place. Apply early. In the current economy, competition is escalated. Do some research on the facility that you are applying to. There will be an opportunity during your interview to demonstrate that you have done your homework. Never burn your bridges. When changing jobs, always give the required working notice. Remember, you will need references from that job. Maintain a positive attitude. Your personality can be the factor that will secure you the position you want.
Nancy Kelly, Professional Recruitment and Retention Manager, Northern Westchester Medical Center, Mount Kisco, N.Y.
Be inquisitive. Find a hospital that encourages continuing education and that promotes from within. It is important for nurses not to become complacent. Nurses owe it to themselves and to their patients to be vigilant about improving their practice.
Nancy Miller, Nurse Recruiter, JFK Medical Center, Edison, N.J.
One professional approach is to make every attempt to obtain some training or a certification in a new area of interest. While in class, bonding and networking with the experts and education team is important. It is helpful to begin nurturing relationships and your reputation before applying for a job. When the position opens, you are able to walk into the interview with newly acquired credentials and with respected references. A selective specialty team is more likely to choose to continue precepting an RN already on a path of expertise. This individual has proven intent and motivation by investing time in self-development.