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Where to Start Information provided by Kaplan Test Prep Looking for a new job is never easy. But searching for one when you have no significant experience can be a nightmare. So make sure to leave enough time to look for work. If you’re just changing jobs, begin your search a minimum of two months before you plan to start in your new workplace. If you’re a new graduate, it’s best to start your employment search one year before your date of graduation. Do Your Homework Attending job fairs and career days is a great way to look for nursing-specific opportunities. You should also visit college career placement offices and read ads in newspaper and telephone yellow pages, healthcare publications, and professional journals. Network with friends, faculty, relatives, and co-workers. Attend professional meetings for practical advice and for referrals for job opportunities. Once you’re interested in a particular organization, phone their recruiting offices or personnel department requesting information about the hospital or organization, an application, and a job description. Start a folder on each employer you are considering. Gather all the information about a prospective employer and evaluate it carefully. Ask Questions About Possible Employers Investigating potential employers before you send out resumes or show up for the interview gives you a competitive extra edge. You’ll know in advance whether the company deals with the area you’re interested in, whether there’s room for growth and promotion, and what the company’s growth potential is like. Based on these facts, you’ll be able to evaluate the companies for yourself, ruling out some employers, and creating a list of favorite companies. You’ll also be able to incorporate this knowledge into your cover letter or interview, which will no doubt impress the potential employer. So what types of information should you know? Try finding out the answers to some of these questions: – What is the location and size of the institution? – Is it a community based or national corporation? – Is it affiliated with a university and is it research-oriented? – What specialty areas are available? – What services are provided to consumers? – What is the organizational structure, that is, the lines of authority? – What is the financial status? – Is this a profit or not-for-profit institution? Check Out the Annual Report and Mission Statement Another aspect to investigate during your job search are the values of the organization. This is especially important in several sectors of the healthcare industry. For instance, if you’re a devout Catholic, you may not want to take a job at a health clinic that is pro-choice. Make sure that you don’t have issues with the values, management style, or benefits of the organization you are investigating. Some issues to find out about are: – the institution sickness or wellness oriented? – What does the institution value most? – What is the management style? – What is the philosophy of nursing? – How is patient care organized: primary care or the team concept? – What are the work schedule options? – What is the salary? – What benefits are available? – What is the basis for raises? – Do they have tuition reimbursement, retirement plans, or profit-sharing programs? – Are there career advancement opportunities?

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