I have an MSN and more than 20 years of nursing experience. I recently was laid off and am having trouble finding a job. How do I go about reinventing myself? What new career choices are there?
Dear Donna replies:
Getting laid off can be devastating, but it also is an opportunity for a new start. For starters, read How to Handle a Lay-Off at http://news.nurse.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200990324001.
You don’t mention what youre interested in generally (what you’ve done) or what you’ve been applying for. You have so many possible options, especially with an MSN, I barely know where to start. Consider attending my Career Alternatives for Nurses seminar to fully explore your options, identify transferable skills, and get your self-marketing skills up to date. See where I’ll be at http://events.nursingspectrum.com/event.cfm?EID=755=Seminar. It is the perfect jumping-off point for you. Its also available in a home-study version at www.Nurse.com/ce/DVD1/Career-Alternatives-for-Nurses/ and www.Nurse.com/ce/CD6/Career-Alternatives-for-Nurses-2/.
In the meantime, have a business card made for yourself and start doing a lot of networking. Networking is a great way to explore options and find and get a job, so get out to nursing professional association meetings such as your state chapter of the ANA (www.ana.org) and the AONE (www.aone.org). If youre not a member, attend as a guest. You also should attend nursing career fairs and speak to prospective employers there. Youd be amazed at the ideas and information you can get at these events. You never know where the spark, idea, or opportunity will come from.
Finally, Read Ten Steps to a Successful Job Search to www.dcardillo.com/articles/tensteps.html.
My best wishes,