If you wanted a job in nursing 20 to 30 years ago, your options were limited. However, the world of health care has changed dramatically. Changes in care provision such as partnerships between health and social care providers and an increase in the role of the private sector have opened up new opportunities.
The global economy has led to changes in the international job market and this, coupled with the mobility of the nursing workforce, means there is now a great variety of opportunities for nurses to work overseas.
There are also changes in the way nurses go about seeking a job. Two or three decades ago it was common to simply have a chat with the nurse in charge of the area where you were interested in working, who asked about your career and why you wanted the job. If he/she thought you would fit in, a decision was usually made there and then.
Those days are long gone. You cannot now assume that an employer will just look at your employment and education history and decide you’ll be right for the job. You must be explicit about how your skills, experience, knowledge and personal qualities match the job requirements. This process takes a lot of thought and preparation. You need to be able to:
- articulate your strengths, experience, skills and development needs
- use convincing arguments, in writing and verbally, to encourage an employer to appoint you
- market yourself effectively.
This section will help you do all of the above, and more. You will learn how to write convincing application forms, resumés and cover letters and how to prepare and perform successfully at interview.