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How to Wade Through 200,000+ Nursing Job Postings

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On average, there are 5,000-6,000 nursing-related jobs posted on this site on any given day.

A recent study by Wanted Analytics found nursing to be the most in-demand job in America, with estimates of the number of U.S. nursing jobs open in a year reaching into the hundreds of thousands.

While Soliant adds the handy advantage of having access to a personal recruiter that can work with you on your job search, it’s also important for you to know who you are and what you want, in order to separate the job posting wheat from the chaff.

To that end, here are 5 tips for wading through one of the largest professions for job postings in the U.S.:

Decide what you want (and go after it)

How well do you think you’d do at applying for every job you qualify for?

Aside from the time it would take to do so, you’d probably be less motivated than if you had a clear goal: “I really want to work as an Operating Room Registered Nurse in Northern California.”

Have faith that by narrowing the field statistically, you’re actually increasing your chances of success.

By honing in on what you want in terms of facility, speciality, location and other important factors, you’re actually making yourself more motivated and more focused.

Make sure your resume ‘sings’

Journalists and authors often use this term when referring to text that reads so well it jumps off the page and changes people’s lives.

Whether or not you have any writing experience, your nursing resume can do this too.

Start by following nursing resume best-practices like presenting your “value proposition” in a qualifications summary, using search-friendly keywords relevant to the posting, and keeping it at a brief 1-3 pages.

Now, you’re ready to make this thing stand out. To take your resume to the next level, you want to always be writing in a way that constantly shows you’re a top-performer.

When it comes to job fairs, Play to win

Job fairs can be great for face-to-face contact with people you otherwise wouldn’t see until you land an interview

From the moment you walk into the room, make sure that your game is tight and you don’t let anything faze you.

Before you go, make sure you create a strategy for speaking with people (for expected and unexpected opportunities) and expectations as to what you want in your next nursing job.

Bring your resume, wear your best outfit, and follow a game-plan for converting conversations into follow-ups, and follow-ups into interviews.

Here are two of the best nursing job fair guides we’ve come across:

Don’t be afraid to break the rules

Having said all of the above, if there’s a job that sounds interesting outside the factors you’ve identified, go for it.

If there’s something interesting in a city you’ve never considered, check it out.

If someone approaches you with a prospect you hadn’t considered, consider it.

What do you think?

Did this help? Have a piece of advice we didn’t list here? Wondering how long it would actually take to apply for 200,000 jobs? (Roughly 6 years, assuming you it took you 5 minutes to submit each application and planned to sleep and eat for 8 hours a day.)

Weigh-in via the Comments section below.

Contributor Tera Rowland

Tera Rowland is the vice president of Soliant and has worked in the healthcare staffing industry for almost 20 years in public relations, social media, marketing and operations. In addition to Soliant, Tera worked at the Mayo Clinic as an internal communication manager and for the Children’s Miracle Network. She is a member of the American Marketing Association and the American Staffing Association. Also, Tera has served on the board of directors for the Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum as part of the communication committee. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations as well as a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of North Florida and has been published in the Huffington Post, Healthcare Finance News, Healthcare Traveler Magazine, and Scrubs Magazine. Make sure to read the rest of Tera's blogs!