Life After The Allied Health Degree – Helpful Tips On Starting Your Medical Or Nursing Career

Allied health schools will give you the nursing training necessary to survive in the highly competitive medical and allied health fields. However, what’s the next step after obtaining your degree? How does a student safely take the plunge into the medical field? The following article will outline a few tips designed to help jump-start your nursing career.

Know where to look

In order to tackle the seemingly overwhelming task of searching for a nursing or allied health job, make sure you know where to look. Inquire about open positions with local hospitals, doctors’ offices, and medical centers. Job and career fairs are often hotbeds for potential healthcare and nursing assistant job leads.

Temp agencies and employment placement agencies can provide strong allies to you in your search; the human resources personnel there can uncover career opportunities that would not normally be available to other potential applicants. They are also able to submit your resume to multiple companies simultaneously, broadening your job search and maximizing your presence in the nursing or allied health job applicant pool.

The Internet will also be an indispensable tool in your job hunt �” but be aware that many job banks (including Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com), as a result of their widespread appeal, will have heavy competition for a few jobs. If you use a Web-based job search program, make sure to update your resume often. Each time your resume is changed, it will appeal to potential employers as a recently updated point of interest. Other Web venues that are worth investigating are nursing job boards and nursing-centric websites (i.e. “NursingJobs.org”).

Don’t fear part-time work

Don’t make the common mistake of setting your expectations too high. It is not beneath you to take a part-time or temporary position, because the potential always exist for full-time, permanent job placement. For most companies, starting out part-time or as a temp are the only ways to get your foot in the door. Additionally, temporary placement gives you a chance to make sure your new job is the right fit for you. Most schools will also provide career advisors to assist you with your placement in the medical profession.

Explore all avenues

Aside from major companies and medical institutions, there are other avenues for job searching that are often overlooked by applicants. Don’t forget to explore the possibilities of employment as a school nurse; a position with a health insurance company; a resident position at a retirement home/assisted living facility; or as a traveling nurse. Traveling nurses are placed at different locations all over the United States, and are available for short-term assignments.

Networking is important in any field of employment, and it can be especially efficient in the medical and allied health fields of study. Don’t forget to keep in touch with your teachers and professors �” or any other person you’ve encountered during your education who might be of assistance to you in your job search.