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I was laid off and am having trouble finding a job. How do I go about reinventing myself?

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Dear Donna,

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?

Joyce

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Joyce,

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 you’re 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. It’s 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 you’re not a member, attend as a guest. You also should attend nursing career fairs and speak to prospective employers there. You’d 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,
Donna

By | 2009-11-03T00:00:00-05:00 November 3rd, 2009|Categories: Blogs, Nursing careers and jobs|0 Comments

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