I'm sure you've heard the phrase "it's not
what you know, it's who you know".
And this is so, so true when it comes to
finding jobs in healthcare.
Networking is going to play a huge role in
acquiring a lot of your
nursing jobs in particular.
And you might be thinking, "well, that's a
really huge bummer, Liz, because I don't
actually know anyone in the healthcare
system to be my network.
So thanks for that useless advice." And,
I just want you to stop right there!
Remember how we talked about your clinical
experience and how it was supposed to be
like a job interview?
You have those people.
Those nurses and possibly management on the
units that you did clinical on.
See if they know of any jobs or would be
willing to write a letter of recommendation
for you. Even if you aren't applying for a
job on the unit you did clinical on at
all, maybe that unit manager knows a nurse
or knows someone who is hiring and they could
send over a "hey, this person is a legit
person" along with your resume.
And it never ever hurts to ask.
And in reality, many positions are filled by
word of mouth before an official
position is actually posted on the website.
It's so much easier to hire the person who
you know is solid, than to cast your line out
into the pool of randoms and hope you get a
So who else can you network with beyond the
people that you met in clinical?
Right. You can talk about the fact that you
are graduating from nursing school and
looking for a job to literally everyone that
you find in the world.
Especially if you are seeking a non hospital
You never, ever know if the dental hygienist
knows of a clinic that just lost a
nurse and is actually looking to hire a new
one that her cousin's sister's neighbor works
at. You know what I mean?
You can also use your classmates as a
See if any of your classmates worked on a
unit while they were in school that was
Did they like that hospital?
Did they have a good experience on that
Let people in your class know that you are
looking for a specific type of job, and they
may know of a unit that is that type of unit
that would be a good fit for you, but
possibly wasn't a fit for them.
And last, but certainly not least, keep a
copy of your resume with you all
the time. It sounds nerdy, but you seriously
never know when during a random
conversation you have, you're at the
pharmacy or whatever, and you'll find someone
who might have a lead for you.
And then you can hand over your beautiful
newly updated resume to them.
And it's very impressive looking.
So talk to everyone.
I want you to push away the voice that says
you're being annoying and you're spamming
yourself. Because you are finding yourself a
job, and it requires a little self-promotion.
You got this.
You can do hard things.
Next, let us tackle the myth of "you should
start in med surg" because I
have... I have a lot of feelings on that