From the American Nurses Association Career Center:

You’ve probably heard a lot about the nursing shortage. But if you’re a recent graduate, you may be wondering, if there’s a shortage, why does it take so long for entry-level nurses to get hired?

Hiring managers told CareerBuilder that the gap reflects the difference between the skills entry-level nurses possess and the specialized training many employers need. The study also found applicants often lack proper training, strong communication skills and realistic salary requirements.

If you’re finding yourself frustrated in your job search, consider these four things recruiters are looking for in nursing job candidates.

In-Demand Skills
One way to stand out from the crowd of new grads is to highlight on your resume any in-demand skills that you may have. Shawnee Major, an account executive at Fortus Healthcare Resources, says some of the special skills in high demand include:

●  Bilingualism.

●  The ability to use specialized equipment, such as dialysis machines.

●  Computer skills, including EMR skills.

●  Quality assurance knowledge.

●  Leadership.

●  Critical thinking.

Entry-level nurses may need to be willing to try new things as they look for a job, says Lisa Kapps, an account executive at Fortus which specializes in the placement of direct hire and travel nurses. “Flexibility is key when getting your start. The larger the geographic area and the more disciplines you are open to, the greater your chance of finding an employer willing to train.”

If you do find an opportunity that looks promising but you don’t like the location, Kapps says to keep in mind that many large network providers allow internal transfers within six months to a year.

Polished Professionalism
As you move through the job-search process, it’s important to position yourself so you stand out to recruiters. Major recommends customizing your résumé to every position you’re applying for, and being responsive to calls, voice mails and emails from recruiters. Use the keywords from the description of the job you’re applying for.

In addition, you should strive to behave like a professional at all times, Major says. “A team attitude is a must, as well as accountability. Because we work with dynamic and growing health care organizations, we look for nurses who have a desire to grow in their careers, expand their skills and further their educations.”

Read the entire article: What Do Recruiters Look for in Nursing Job Candidates?

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