Graduation is in the air. Boards are on the horizon. The job search is in full swing. But, when was the last time you looked for a position? Has it been months, years, or is this your first time? Applying the right mix of professionalism and etiquette throughout the job search and interview process can give you the edge to land the job! Here are some tips to help you stand out from the crowd during your job search:
- No matter where you are in the job search process (from inquiry to interview), you will encounter a voicemail. Leave a message so they know who you are as well as your intent for the call. Recruiters and managers are very busy people, especially during this time of the year. You want to let them know the job is important to you but also that you can exercise patience in their response to your message.
- Double check your spelling and punctuation on important documents like applications, cover letters, and your resume. In this day and age of texting, grammar is of the essence in making a strong first impression. Avoid the usage of slang and emojis in any of your documents.
- Take a few minutes before heading into your interview to double check your appearance. Is your hair groomed? Does your suit or dress lay perfectly? Is your breath fresh and your mouth gum-free? Your appearance is a strong nonverbal that will also convey to the interviewer how much you want the job.
- Don’t underestimate the power of the “thank you.” Those recruiters and managers have given you the opportunity to interview for a position and have taken time from their busy schedules to hear what you have to offer. An email, or even better, a personalized “snail mail” card speaks volumes about your appreciation and respect for the interviewers.
Finding a job can be a challenge at times, but it is one that, through conscious effort, can put you a step ahead of others. As you begin down a new road with your nursing career, why not start off on your best foot possible? Good luck, and if you would like more assistance with the job search, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’m happy to help!
Veronica Goodwin, also known as V, started with Aureus Medical Group as an Account Manager in September 2011. In May 2013, V stepped into the role of Nursing Student Outreach Coordinator. Prior to Aureus Medical, she worked as a Branch Manager with Enterprise Rent-A-Car. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design and Minor in Problems of Philosophy from Creighton University, V has a creative outlook on the world and enjoys sharing that with others. In her downtime, V can be found with friends or family, traveling, playing games, and learning about various wellness theories.