I am a new nurse trying to find a hospital job. Is it appropriate to show up at a hospital in person to drop off my resume to human resources?
Dear New Nurse,
It is generally not advisable to show up in-person at a hospital without an appointment. For starters, you may not be permitted to go to the human resources department without an appointment, depending on the facility, for security reasons. Some HR departments do not look favorably on drop-ins. They can’t interview on the spot and usually need resumes submitted online.
Go through the customary mode of applying online at any hospital that you wish to work at but then do some targeted networking. That means you should contact anyone and everyone you know to let them know what you are looking for and where you’d ideally like to work. Ask them if they know anyone who works in those facilities and if so, ask for an introduction. Everything happens through networking.
You should also be getting out to local chapter meetings of the American Nurses Association even if not yet a member. When there’s something you want to do it makes sense to rub elbows with those already doing that thing. At these meetings you’ll meet other nurses who work at various local facilities and you can express your interest to them and make valuable contacts. There are even often decision makers at these meetings with whom you can speak with about possible positions.
Read “New nurse, new job strategies” for additional tips and advice on finding your first job.