I love where I work but I am ready for a change. I am interested in a specific hospital that is very reputable, and difficult to get into. I’ve applied online to multiple positions but have not received any calls. I don’t know anyone that works there. I am a good candidate, but I don’t know what else I can do to get an interview.
Ready for a Change
Dear Ready for a Change,
Most hospitals are only hiring nurses with current hospital experience, with the exception of a limited amount of newly licensed nurses. So when you say you are “a good candidate” I presume that means you meet that criteria since you don’t mention what you’re currently doing.
Either way, networking is well known to be a very effective way to get interviews and job offers. That doesn’t mean that you have to personally know someone who works where you want to work. But you do have to talk to enough other people until you find someone who does know someone who works there. That means you should start letting everyone in your world know what you want to do and where you want to work. This could be friends, family, neighbors and others in healthcare. The power of networking is that people know people who know other people.
You can also make professional connections online via LinkedIn. If you don’t already have a profile there, create one. Then search for others who work where you’d like tobe employed. Connect with them and express your interest in working there. Ask for their assistance in making an introduction with a decision maker or hiring agent there.
You should also attend local chapter meetings of nursing professional associations such as the American Nurses Association and/or the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses even as a guest if not a member. When there’s something you want to do, it makes sense to rub elbows with those doing it.
Attending career fairs is also a great way get face time with area recruiters. See what career fairs are coming up in your area. Read “How to get the most out of attending a career fair.” When what you’re doing isn’t working it’s time to try a new approach.