Recruiters share advice with nurses looking for employment in New Jersey and Hudson Valley, N.Y. For additional job advice, visit http://news.nurse.com/article/20090629/NJ02/106290023.
Carol Eichengrun, HR Staffing Coordinator, Hudson Valley Hospital Center, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.Carol Eichengrun
For new nurses especially, be open to working on units other than the one of your dreams. At this time, you would be better served gaining experience on a medical-surgical unit rather than holding out for the critical care position of your dreams.
Katie Miceli, Recruiter, Valley Health System, Paramus, N.J.Katie Miceli
Id recommend to the new graduate and the experienced RN to be open-minded, whenever possible. In this job market, the opportunities are going to vary by geographic region and industry. If you can be flexible with your residency, consider looking into the job vacancies in other areas. Keep your options open by not limiting your search to a hospital setting. For example, look into physicians offices, outpatient facilities, and home care. If you are looking for a change of pace, home care is a great option. Often home care offers a more flexible work schedule and more desirable hours.
Kellie Perucki, HR Generalist, and Heather Pellecchia, HR Generalist Saint Peters Healthcare System, New Brunswick, N.J.Kellie Perucki, left, and Heather Pellecchia
Our advice is to network with everyone you know professionally and personally. Given the current economic climate, there are more applicants out there than there are jobs. Many people obtain jobs through referrals and/or professional associations. Recruiters are inundated with resumes and applications and are more likely to interview someone who comes highly recommended. However, just dont use referrals when trying to secure employment. When sending out your resume, make sure it is easy to read and concise. In your cover letter, state what makes you the best candidate for the position. Be flexible, but know what you want and just dont accept anything or appear desperate. Remember to provide an alternate number, like your cell phone, in addition to a home number.