by Christine Whitmarsh
Whether the economy and closely connected job market is in a growth pattern or in a more stagnant and declining state like experts say we’re currently experiencing, it is extremely important to be proactive in your job searching. Whether the media is reporting a serious nursing shortage, in travel nursing careers or otherwise, or it’s one of those rare times when they’re not, it should not affect your job searching vigilance. In other words – no matter what the state of the nation is, it’s unlikely that nursing jobs will fall in your lap or even that travel nursing companies will show up on your doorstep offering your dream travel nursing job. It’s up to you to let your fingers do the walking, do your research, figure out what your ideal travel nurse opportunity would be and go after it.
Job Searching Tips for Travel Nurses:
• The most obvious tip I can think of is to bookmark this very website.
– From the home page, you can sign up for free job alerts so you are emailed immediately if a position opens up that meets your goals.
– Have a preferred specialty area? Travel Nurse Source has great travel nursing opportunities in coveted, higher paying areas such as ER and ICU.
– TNS is aligned with some great travel nurse agencies so technically you’re visiting several sites full of job opportunities combined in one when you make this site part of your daily online routine.
• Follow up! Don’t just hit send without finding out if anyone on the other end ever received your resume. Whether it’s by a friendly (brief) email or quick phone call, making human contact with the person you may be able to match you with your dream travel nursing job.
• One of the first things I learned as an RN was to never assume (you know the adage). In this case, never assume that someone is looking for your dream travel RN job, no matter how great the agency is. It’s important to view the job search as a partnership and you are the managing partner, directing the search based on your goals.
• Do your homework and find out which areas have the most demand for travel nurses. One of my goals for this blog is to help you in this quest (back to the tip to bookmark this site). Finding out where the supply is low and the demand is high is always a good job search strategy.
Attention travel nurses – experience and newbies: I want to hear from you. What are some job searching strategies that have worked for you, especially in the current job climate? Thank you for your feedback!
Christine Whitmarsh is a Registered Nurse with a BSN from the University of Rhode Island. She is a freelance health journalist and medical writer and a contributor to Travel Nurse Source and Allied Travel Careers.