As you’re all aware by now, job hunting today is a much more complex endeavor than ever before. Let’s review what we’ve learned about job hunting for nurse practitioners over the past several months. Here are some of the things you need to be doing to be competitive in today’s job marketplace:
1. Join both real world and virtual groups for networking and support.
2. Enlist the help of a mentor or career counselor.
3. Stay on top of current and emerging trends by reading nurse practitioner industry-specific magazines and blogs regularly.
4. Attend classes and workshops whenever possible.
5. Keep your resume up-to-date.
6. Be intentional about improving your personal character.
And finally, Google yourself to see what comes up! That’s right. I “googled” myself several years ago and was only listed 3 times in very obscure articles and websites. Totally harmless. Now my name is all over the place and some of the information is outdated and incorrect. Fortunately, there is nothing embarrassing or incriminating. More and more companies are requiring their HR people to research job candidates online, and though it may seem a violation of our privacy and our rights, the things they’re finding could affect your ability to get or keep a job.
- If you are on social sites like Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, make sure your profile pictures and biographical information are correct and current. If you have questionable photos, posts or friends, remove them. If your pages contain things you wouldn’t want your kids or your mom to see, you definitely don’t want it there for employers to see!
- Ask current or former co-workers and supervisors to provide recommendations on LinkedIn.
- If you find your online reputation to be seriously troubling you may want to enroll the help of a reputation management company like ReputationDefender.
Still think all of this stuff is just a passing fad that will go away with time and have no real impact on the way we do business/ Consider this: The Library of Congress will be acquiring and permanently storing the entire archive of public Twitter posts since 2006. It’s not going away!
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