By Christina Orlovsky, senior writer
The future looks bright for college students and new
graduates—especially in health care fields—as the time comes to begin their job
search. In fact, recent statistics from Internet job site CareerBuilder.com
report that 85 percent of health care companies are looking to hire new
employees in 2007 and 80 percent are looking to hire recent college graduates.
“It’s an exciting time for nurses,” said Theresa Chu, career
advisor with Career Builder. “For us, health care positions are always in strong
demand, especially nurses, radiology techs, pharmacists, medical assistants and
other support staff. Nurses should feel good about that.”
Similar findings from Monster.com indicate that 76 percent of
more than 900 employers surveyed plan to hire new college graduates this summer,
with 38 percent saying they’ll hire more new grads this year than last year.
Not only are the jobs out there, they’re also a lot easier to
search for, thanks to the age of the Internet and the abundance of job Web sites
that exist to introduce employees to future employers.
More and more job seekers are going online to send prospective employers their
résumé and to post their résumé on Web sites that can be searched by other companies in their field.
The process of Internet job seeking has become so popular, in fact, that
statistics from Recruiters Network, the Association for Internet Recruiting,
reveal that on an average day 4 million people search out new job opportunities
on the Internet.
But just because there are job sites aplenty, from large sites
like Career Builder, Monster and Hot Jobs, to smaller specialty sites by
occupation, it doesn’t mean you can throw all caution to the wind and abandon
all good job-searching tactics.
“The Internet has definitely made it easier to find these
opportunities, but the same challenges in job searching still exist—making your
résumé and cover letter the best they can be, sounding professional and urging
employers to call you,” Chu said. “Those challenges are all still there and you
need to make sure you’re brushed up on your skills.”
First among those skills is creating a clean, effective
“You don’t know how many people you’re competing against, so
you want to stand out and be unique, but also balance that with
professionalism,” Chu recommended. “Keep the résumé simple, bold and
professional. Instead of focusing on flashy formatting, employers appreciate a
clean and polished document with simple headings and bullets.”
Also, be sure to use strong action words to describe your
experience—even if you aren’t sure you have any marketable experience coming
straight out of school.
“Do not take any previous experience for granted,” Chu
continued. “While you may not think you have real world experience because
you’ve been in the classroom for four years, you do; you just have to look for
it. If you volunteered or were active in a student or professional organization
where you had to manage a set of 20 volunteers or a budget of $10,000, you might
take for granted that it was just a student activity, but hiring managers are
looking for that, knowing you were in a leadership role.”
Because most job sites allow both employees and employers to
search for each other, it is a good idea to not only be proactive and send your
résumé to companies that interest you but also to make your résumé searchable to
other companies as well.
“By allowing them to search for you, you’re opening yourself
up to opportunities that you may not have found on your own,” Chu added. “For
this reason, you really want to incorporate the hot words in your industry in
your résumé—if there’s a certain software nurses are using that you’re
proficient in or other things people are talking about in nursing—so that if an
employer is searching for that keyword, your résumé will pop up.”
Finally, remember that your résumé and cover letter should not
have a one-size-fits-all approach and that the Internet is useful for essential
research as well as your job search.
“Customize your résumé for each job,” Chu said. “Look at the
health care organization, do some research and find out what their company
culture is and the size of the organization and then tailor your résumé to fit
that sort of culture.”
For an even more tailored approach to job searching, visit
NurseZone’s Design Your Ideal Job section to search for jobs that fit your
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