3 Tips to Help You Land Your First Nursing or Medical Job After Graduation

Posted by Tim Teague on Jun 19, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Topics: Health Care Staffing

The U.S. job market is still very hot, and healthcare jobs are in abundance. However, that doesn’t mean you should take anything for granted. As a prospective or recent nursing graduate, there are steps you can take to improve your odds of securing that dream career.

These three tips can help graduates and other medical workers find new opportunities:

1. Networking

Leveraging relationships to secure a job is not a new concept. It’s as old as humanity itself. In the past, networking simply meant putting the word out among family and friends. Or, people may have relied on their college or social connections.

It’s still important for new or prospective graduates to work these traditional angles. However, it’s also smart to maximize online social networking. Although communities like Facebook can be helpful, LinkedIn is most likely your best resource.

LinkedIn job search functions are both active and passive. On one hand, you can solicit opportunities through inquiry postings to your network. You may also apply to individual positions through a job search function. On the other hand, you can passively alert recruiters to your availability via “settings.”

2. Volunteerism

People who seek to help others are rightly praised for their efforts. It is a great show of character for all employees, but it’s particularly relevant in healthcare. Medical workers and nurses are in the business of healing. So, activities that confirm a person’s altruistic nature are viewed favorably.

Pursuing charitable work will likely help your career. But, it should also come from a genuine place. There’s nothing attractive about being “fake.” Your passionate participation in that local disease awareness walk may very well grab the eye of a hiring manager.

3. Staying Flexible

Job seekers who look for reasons to say “Yes” are far better positioned for career success. Flexibility can take many forms. The most important manifestations are in terms of location and schedule.

Even if you’re a newer nurse, you’ll likely present as an attractive candidate if you’re willing to relocate for a great job. This is particularly true in regions with the most severe nursing shortages. Similarly, you can separate yourself from other applicants by keeping an open mind to working atypical schedules.

The beauty of staying flexible in the early days of your healthcare career is that you can get pickier as you gain experience. Once your resume is more impressive, perhaps you will only agree to weekday shifts and opportunities in desirable cities. But, keeping an open mind certainly levels the playing field when seeking your first break.


Ultimately, you’re in charge of your future. Nursing graduates and healthcare workers who actively pursue their next opportunity and think outside the box will achieve success. People who wait for their dream job to come to them only stunt their careers. 

Healthcare companies seeking top-quality nurses and workers should also consider implementing industry-leading medical staffing software!

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