Nursing Career Success
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Career Success Guide
These 12 steps will help you to move your career forward, keeping in mind what your ultimate career goals are.
Links to information on resume writing and interviewing, career advancement and social networking. If you are a member of ANA, you may upload your resume.
Nurse.org asked thirty influential nurse leaders to share some of their best career advice for nurses.
Includes: Reference forms, Resume and Cover Letter information, LinkedIn tips, Networking, practicing interviewing techniques and follow-up information.
Along with guidance on resumes, cover letters and interviews, this website also includes action words, workplace competencies, follow-up information and sample interview questions.
Advice from starting your career to applying to graduate and professional schools.
This article is published in Minority Nurse and presents examples of the essential skills nurses will need to meet job demands at any career juncture. Topics include critical thinking, communication skills, keeping current in the field and more.
Resume Writing & Cover Letters
This is an extremely helpful Powerpoint presentation from a prestigious institution.
A four page document that has format and content, examples and tips.
Guide to preparing a cover letter. Also has a link to a pdf guide of examples.
Guides you through each section of a cover letter and the importance of each.
Guidelines and examples for a nursing student and recent graduate resumes.
Guidelines for nursing resumes and includes a pdf guide, worksheet and a new graduate checklist.
States purpose and guidelines in writing a resume. Illustrates sections of a resume, urges the SAR format, lists action verbs and two resume examples.
Interviewing Tips & Techniques
The interview is a challenge to say the least. Here are some guidelines to help you with forming your answers and how to conduct yourself.
The hardest question of the interview is: What are your biggest strengths?
Try to hit these points if you possess these abilities:
- problem-solving skills
- communication skills
- time-management skills
Another difficult question to answer is: What are your weaknesses? Everyone has weaknesses so...
- Be honest and authentic
- Don't throw yourself under the bus when describing a weakness
- Tell them how you handle or overcome your weaknesses in order to accomplish a goal
When you go to an interview, you are basically "selling" yourself. So, control the narrative. What do you want the interviewer to know about YOU! Talk about:
- Where your passion lies
- Past accomplishments and how they tie into the position
- Your special qualities that relate to the position or how these qualities can enhance the position.You may tell a story to illustrate these qualities
- What you are looking for in the position
- Always be engaged and ask questions!
Based on the advice of a nurse manager who interviews several job candidates a year. Each question is listed along with insight as to why these questions are usually included in an interview and what the recruiter is looking for in an answer.
Lists the “Do” and “Don’ts” for both men and women..
From RegisteredNursing.org this site lists the interview dressing rules, how to prepare for the interview, potential questions & answers in the interview, and the follow-up.
Enumerates possible questions with sample answers, advice on researching the organization, body language and being yourself.
updated April 2020