The Job Search Conquest

Have you reached a point in your current job where you are no longer satisfied, have little opportunities for advancement, or simply need a change of pace? Are you ready for a job search overhaul? Once you decide to make the switch, no doubt your heart will become antsy and you may become discouraged or lose your patience, so it’s good to have a plan in place when making this transition.

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Tips for surviving your job search conquest:

  1. Pray, pray, and pray some more. Once you know that God is leading you in a different direction, you will have more confidence and perseverance if you know where you are going when the going gets tough.
  2. Start planning a timeline. When do you anticipate giving your notice? Will you be responsible for training oncoming staff for your position? Are you planning on taking a vacation between jobs? When do you hope to have your new dream job?
  3. Set SMART goals. See my example below for application.S – specific, significant, stretching: I will transition to a new nursing specialty.

    M – measurable, meaningful, motivational: I plan to apply for two jobs per week until I attain my first job interview. 

    A – agreed upon, attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented: I will ask my co-workers and collegues for references and any job leads they know of. 

    R – realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented: Transitioning to a new specialty will give a fresh meaning to my career.

    T – time-based, time-bound, timely, tangible, trackable: In three months I will be established in my new job.

  4. Networking with those in your circle. Join Linkedin, Staff Garden, or Monster to start networking and finding jobs near you. Ask your Director of nursing for any possible opportunities if you have a good working relationship, hopefully they will understand and be supportive. Ask your most trusted colleagues to keep their eyes and ears open for you. You’ve heard before, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” So use this to your advantage!
  5. Finally, master you resume and nursing interview skills. Stay up to date with The Joyful Nurse in these next couple weeks for resume and interview tips!

Best of Luck,



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