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Nursing Job Checklist

When preparing to search for a nursing job there are many key items and important tasks to complete to be prepared. In searching for a nursing job it is important to research the type of position that will be searched. A career in nursing can be very rewarding, but it is essential to be as prepared as possible for the interviewing process once a job has been applied for. The following check list can be extremely beneficial to landing the perfect nursing job.

o List all relevant skills and all training in school or through any other method.

o Be as specific as possible when listing skills. This can come in handy and is very resourceful when looking for specific nursing jobs.

o Special skill sets can impress potential employers so be sure to think hard about all the small or large amounts of experience. Sometimes adding a small amount of experience can be beneficial.

o Have a list of skills available and jot down all relevant information and recollections of times that these skills were used.

o It may be beneficial to rehearse the interview with a friend or family member. This will provide a second set of eyes that can be helpful.

o Studying your strong skills and achievements before an interview will alleviate some of the nervousness that accompanies interviewing with potential employers.

o Make sure the cover letter is one page or less.

o Personally sign the cover letter and make sure to only use black or blue ink.

o Make the letter as clear as possible specifying which job is being applied for.

o Be very positive in the letter and never put anything negative in a cover letter.

o Use original cover letters because they make a better impression than copied cover letters. It shows the potential employer that the applicant took extra time.

o Be sure to express your unique qualities and how hiring you will be beneficial to their organization.

o Only use standard letter paper and not legal size or any other awkward size that can draw negative attention.

o Using good quality paper for the cover letter and resume is a good rule of thumb. Also make sure they are the same type of paper.

o Try to keep the length of the resume down to one page by only including experience that is relevant in the past ten to fifteen years.

o Choose either an objective or a mission to state what you stand for and can bring to an organization. This is also a good place to add what you are looking for in an employer.

o Listing skills and key experience under accomplishments or highlight of qualifications. This is meant to highlight certain aspects that are pertinent to the specific job that is being applied for. This may need to be tailored for each job depending on what they are looking for.

o List previous employers from the most recent and work backwards remembering to summarize. Just list the most important and relevant experience to avoid being too lengthy.

o Adding a note at the bottom that references are available upon request. Be sure to have a reference sheet available when providing a resume in case this is asked for on the spot.

o Making it easy for references to be verified, it is important to provide contact information. Having an email, physical address, home phone and cell or work phone is good.

o Use a mixture of personal and professional references to show versatility. If there are too many personal references, there is typically not as much weight given to the references.

o Be sure to advise the people or businesses used as references that they are listed. This way they will not be surprised and will know how to answer when they are contacted.

o Using a set of questions that reflect both positive and negative responses is a good idea to rehearse.

o Going over potential negative questions and answers can help with being on the spot. This can make a person nervous and performance during the interview can decline.

o Asking questions about past experience is always a rule of thumb when interviewing.

o Some interviewers like to ask if there was ever a difficult experience that has been encountered and how did that get resolved.

o Questions about specific job related duties may be asked so anticipating what may be asked is a nice way to practice.

o Include any diplomas or degrees received and any special designations upon graduation as well as any licenses.

o Also include memberships to any associations or networks in the nursing field.

o If seeking a position where immunizations may be of importance, have this documentation available.

o Many hospitals and clinics require full background checks because of the sensitivity of the job.

o If a background check was previously run, be sure to advise the potential employer when and who ran this.

o It is just as important to interview the potential employer as it is for them to interview you. To make sure that the position and company is a good fit for all parties.

o Ask about their history, procedures and rules. Also a good question to ask is what a typical day in the life of this position would be like.

o This can include any intern or residency that has been completed. Be sure to notate experience and skills in critical care, Obstetrical nurse, newborn or pediatrics, emergency room, telemetry nursing, psychiatric, operating room or any other type of experience that would be helpful. Making sure to mention what type of cases were worked on. If the experience is with neurology or in cardiac, it should be mentioned. You only have one time to make a first impression and it is important that the best preparation is made for a potential career.