New grad nursing jobs are coveted and require an edge to ensure they secure both an interview and the position. Nursing expert, Beth Hawkes, has curated hear years of experience helping and mentoring nurses into an incredible resource that is a must-have for any new nurse graduate. We caught up with her.
The Ultimate Guide to Landing New Grad Nursing Jobs
What made you decide to write a book on the ultimate guide to landing new grad nursing jobs?
As a nurse leader with extensive hiring experience, I see new grads (and experienced nurses) applying for jobs in ways almost guaranteed to make sure their resume will not be read or that they will fail to impress during their interview.
Not because they aren’t going to make wonderful nurses- it’s because they have not been taught the basics and are making key mistakes throughout the job searching process.
In many areas, competition for desirable jobs in acute care is very high. But some new grad will land a job- and it’s the new grad who is savvy about their job search. I want to help applicants stand out by giving them the necessary skills along with insider tips learned over years of experience.
That’s why the book is called “Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job”. I honestly think these skills should be taught in nursing school.
At heart I’m a mentor and a huge fan of enthusiastic, smart and heartfelt new grad nurses who just need these tips and strategies to get started in their careers.
What kind of key mistakes do you mean?
So many! And at every step in the process. Here’s just a few:
- Listing long descriptions of clinical hours on your resume. Find out why this is counter-effective and does not help you to stand out. I show how to write a resume that does makes you stand out-even when you have no experience!
- Giving cookie cutter responses during interviews, such as answering “I’m a perfectionist” when asked “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?” Learn why you should not do this and see examples of compelling responses that will make the interviewers put little stars in their notes next to your name.
- Not knowing how best to answer “Tell Us About Yourself”. What do they really want to hear? You will learn a recommended three step answer to this question and how to confidently answer all behavioral and situational interview questions- because I know what they are looking for!
- Ineffective interview prepping for an interview- spending time prepping on the wrong things. I show you what nurse managers are really seeking in a candidate- and how to prep accordingly.
- Thinking HR holds the real power in hiring- it’s not HR. You will find out who it is and how to make a winning impression.
What will I learn?
As a job applicant, you will learn how to compose a winning cover letter, and an eye-catching resume; how to interview, where to apply, what not to do, creative strategies to make you more competitive and much, much more- all of it doable and extremely practical.
Filled with real life examples and testimonials, “Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job” truly is the ultimate guide to landing new grad nursing jobs or any nursing job!
Best wishes as you land the job of your dreams!
Nurse Beth (Beth Hawkes, MSN, RN-BC), is a nursing professional development specialist in acute care and blogs at nursecode.com
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