Publish Date: July 12, 2017
We all know taking that first step of a new job search can be daunting. These four tips will help make it easier for those who haven’t hit the pavement in a while. Or even if you’ve been out there searching recently, these may help freshen your perspective and help you land that perioperative dream job.
- Update Your Resume to Current Standards
When updating your resume, include more than just the duties you performed—be sure to add your accomplishments, too. When you put your name at the top of the resume, also put your credentials (degrees, certifications). If you hold the CNOR, be sure to feature that fact. No need to put “references available on request” at the bottom of your resume as that is understood. Use that extra space to add more of your accomplishments. Also, it’s no longer necessary to add your street address to your resume, but be sure to include your city, state and zip code. Employers will search the resume database by zip code to find you, so it’s important to include it.
Use Social Media to Your Advantage
When researching your potential employer, check LinkedIn to see if anyone in your network is employed there. If so, reach out to them to get an insider’s look at the facility’s culture. And, if they know the hiring manager, maybe they’ll put in a good word for you. If you don’t have a lot of connections on LinkedIn, joining the AORN group is a great way to quickly expand your network, with more than 13,500 members. Also, Facebook isn’t just for funny cat videos, update your profile with your work history and use its search feature to find friends who work at a specific facility.
Connect with Your Professional References
Check in with your professional references, and let them know you are looking for a new perioperative opportunity. When it’s time for a potential employer to contact them, let them know ahead of time to expect a call or email from a potential employer. Consider emailing them a list of your accomplishments to remind them of your successes, and tell them about the position so they’ll know how to best describe your achievements, skills, and abilities. Follow up with them, thank them, and let them know the outcome, too.
Continue your Education
In addition to keeping up with your CE credits, pushing yourself to attain industry-specific credentials will benefit you when you start looking for a new job. It will alert your future employer that you’re driven and seek out challenges to better serve your team and patients. It will make your resume move from the “maybe” pile to the “must-hire” pile. One of the most useful credentials for perioperative nurses is the CNOR credential. It provides credibility as well as important perioperative skills that will make you stand out.
Most importantly, hang in there as finding just the right fit can take time. Also, utilizing perioperative-specific resources can save you time and effort. Visit the AORN Career Center and create a free job seeker account. With your account you can quickly set up a job alert and receive automatic notifications of any new job that meets your desired criteria. Get access to employers who are focused on hiring OR nurses. AORN members get exclusive access to new perioperative jobs 48 hours before the public. Let’s get started on creating the next stage of your perioperative life.