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When should I start applying for jobs?

I'm in a 2 year nursing program, should I apply before I take the NCLEX? Or before I graduate? I know it is competitive. #nursing #student #jobsearch

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W Elliot’s Answer

Hello, I am not familiar with the requirements to become a registered nurse but believe a potential employer would require passing the NCLEX exam. My advice to you, and to anyone looking for work in a field that requires exams or licenses, is to start you job search early, even if you have not passed the required exam or if you do not have the required licenses. You can look research current job positions, find potential employers and build your network using LinkedIn or other platforms. By reviewing current job positions, you will be able to see what the requirements will be, as these are listed in the job requirements section. You could also contact current nurses that become connections about the requirements and their experience with the job application process. On your resume and LinkedIn profile you can list you are a NCLEX candidate or currently studying for the NCLEX. It is true that some finance positions require securities exams/registrations but you are not able to sign up for the exams without an employer sponsor. While I don't think this would be true for nursing you could contact companies about nursing job postings to inquire. Some may be willing to meet with you informally or start the interview process with you before take the exam.
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Ken’s Answer

Through my many years in Human Resources, College Recruiting, and Setting Up and Running a program to help laid off workers find suitable jobs, I have found that it is never too early to start inquiring about how you can apply your skills, abilities, experience, and training. 80% of people who find jobs find them through networking which involves total personal interaction: face to face and phone conversations leading to face to face conversations, both of which involve complete communication involvement and the opportunity for two way communication and dialogue. We are becoming too dependent upon the internet and such impersonal means which are less effective, and we need to return to basics.

Ken recommends the following next steps:

The How: Networking: ## https://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-job-search-strategy-thatll-make-you-15-times-more-likely-to-be-hired ## Networking for Introverts: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/an-introverts-guide-to-networking ##
The Who: Although you should tell everyone about your interest and pursuit of information about your entry into your career field of interest, it is best to concentrate your networking with people with whom you have a natural common connection those might include: - Graduates of your school or training organization who are doing what you think that you want to do, who can be located by talking to the person who tracks and works with graduates - People working in positions that are in your career area of interest, who can be located by finding professional organizations to which these people belong and attending meetings as a guest. Here is a link that will help you to find such organizations: Professional Associations ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ##
The Follow Up: It is extremely important that you show your appreciation for the time and effort that people take to allow you to do networking. This contact also indicates to the people which whom you have established a connection your seriousness about your inquiries. Here are some suggestions: - Follow up each application and interview. Use a simple fold over thank you card that you can get at a drug store to hand write a thank you note for each person you have met when going through the application and interview process. Mail the card soon after the session and make a follow up call three days later. A. The card: - mention something meaningful that you remember from the meeting - emphasize that you feel that you could use your skills, abilities, and experience to help his/her company achieve his goals - state that you would like to follow up with a phone call in a few days to inquire about the next step in the interview process (always assume that there is a next step) B. The follow up call (you can get - thank him/her for the opportunity to talk about helping his/her company - ask if there anything else that he/she would find to be helpful to know about you - ask about the next step in the process Here are some follow up tips. Remember, if it talks about using email, I have found face to face interaction (or secondly phone) follow up to be far superior, because it allows for dialogue: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-following-up-can-help-you-land-the-job ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/pleasantly-persistent-5-rules-for-effectively-following-up ## When ever possible, make the follow up a phone call, as that is the best way to allow for a dialogue and a pursuit of the next step in the process - always assume that there is going to be a next step!
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