Tip No. 3: Get comfortable with selling yourself
With fewer available jobs and tighter company budgets, students need to exude confidence—through their dress, résumé, speaking abilities and overall actions, Jones said.
“They need to take every opportunity they have to get their name in front of a recruiter,” she said.
If there is an application online, Jones advises her students to follow those directions, but also to hand deliver a nicely printed hard copy of their cover letter and résumé when possible. This allows students to have their names associated with a professional-looking document.
Jones said she shows her students how to transform skills developed in outside jobs, even though they may not apply to their field.
“The reality is most [students] don’t have experience in nursing,” Jones said. “We teach them how to look at what skill sets they have developed in those other jobs that could be useful in nursing—transferable skills are always important.”
The National Association of Colleges and Employers’ hiring projections have vastly changed between 2005 and 2010. After the economy turned sour in 2008, job opportunities decreased drastically in 2009. According to local educators, students new to the workforce will need to be more aggressive in seeking out available jobs even though employers are expected to increasingly hire more recent graduates.
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