I signed a two-year contract at my job. My contract is up in four months, and I plan on moving to a new state. When should I start applying for jobs? I don’t want to seem unavailable to prospective employers, but I also don’t want to be scrambling for a job at
Plans to Move
Dear Donna replies:
Dear Plans to Move,
Now is the time to start making preliminary contacts and inquiries. Contact the state chapter of a related professional association such as the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (www.amsn.org) or any other specialty. Contact the officers, who usually are listed on the chapter website and ask for recommendations about the best places to work.
Connect with some recruiters from your soon-to-be new state on LinkedIn and ask them the best timeframe to apply to their facilities. Call some nursing agencies in your new state, too, and ask the same thing. Every employer is different and has different needs and requirements.
Start making contacts, building relationships and gathering information. As the time gets closer, you’ll have a head start and be able to hit the ground running. Also, read Get ready to relocate (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Relocate).