How To Find a Job After Passing the NCLEX
Congratulations! You have passed and conquered the NCLEX which is a monumental victory. You are one step closer to fulfilling your dreams as a nurse! Many of our former students have shared their success stories and their tips on how they were able to get a job. Here are 5 tips you can use to find a job after passing the NCLEX.
Identify your passion
Although you know that you want to be a nurse, Nursing offers plenty of opportunities in different clinical settings. You could be a nurse in a hospital, a nursing home, a doctor’s office, or your local school. The first step before conducting your job search would be to identify your passion.
Conduct your job search
Search engines will be your primary tool to conduct your job search. You can start your search in Google. You could narrow your search using “job search websites,” such as Indeed.com or Nurse.com.
Take note of the qualifications needed for each position. Some positions may require at least 1-2 years of work experience. Others may require BLS/AED Certification or require a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN).
Prepare your resume
Preparing a succinct and clean resume is important as it presents your background and skill. It is used to communicate your value to potential employers. You must include the following:
- Contact Information
- Work History
You should also use key words that pertain to the position that you are applying for. Be sure to keep it clean and simple. Simplicity is key to perfection!
Apply for the position and submit your resume
Once you complete your resume, you are now ready to submit it. A common misconception is that a resume is the tool that lands you the job. Actually, a resume helps you schedule an interview. Keep your options wide to increase your chances of success.
Contact Staffing Agencies
Reaching out to staffing agencies can greatly alleviate your anxiety and frustration in your job search. Staffing Agencies will do the heavy lifting for you. Agencies such as RNexpress and New Staffing Agencies can help you land your first job. The main advantage is they will hire you without previous working experience. They will train you and place you in a Nursing home. This is a great benefit considering that most institutions will not hire you without working experience.