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After all the education and advanced clinical and medical training it is time to begin the search for the perfect position as a nurse practitioner. You should have narrowed down the specialty or setting in which you prefer to work. There are hospitals, clinics, family practices or specialty settings, nursing homes or public health departments. All can offer the specific needs that one is looking for, but it is completely up to the individual. Deciding on a specialty can be a daunting task. The pediatric field is one that is booming and also adult gerontological with the ever-aging population and decrease in available primary care coverage. Consider what your career goals are at this point in the start of your practice. For example, if you one day want to work in a surgical practice specializing in the field of cardiac, try to get an externship or rotation that will provide you the initial skills and, thus, increase the changes that you will be selected for a position over someone without these skills. Make yourself marketable. Show your best aspects and also make sure that you have all the necessary certifications in the field selected prior to applying for the position. Keep in mind it is all a process that takes time, patience and persistence to achieve the position of your choice. Don’t give up and keep trying if you are turned down at one position. The next opportunity may lie just behind the next door
Creating Your Resume

When considering how and what to include in your resume you needs to be aware of some basic things that the typical employer is looking for. When a job is posted or becomes available, sometimes your contacts can provide the foot in the door for that interview. Be aware that you should always have a plan of what companies, hospitals, practices, nursing facilities or clinics you may want to apply to. As a nurse practitioner you have many skills to offer and putting that all on paper to entice the employer is essential in landing the initial interview.

Here are a few general tips to consider when designing and writing your own resume. Write a brief outline of what you need to cover: contact information, education, relevant experience and past work experience. These are just a few items to include and there are others to consider adding, depending on the style of resume you want to create. You may choose to include special skills, certifications, awards and professional organizations as well. It is up to you to decide what you include in your resume, but be sure to include all the basics.

The content of your resume will briefly outline who you are and what you have done. Also include what you have learned. The content included in a resume is typically not written in complete sentences. The reader should be able to get to the point quickly so they don’t lose interest in you. Unless otherwise instructed in by the employer (or in the job posting), references do not need to be placed on your resume. Typically, if an employer wants to speak to a reference about your past job performance or skills, they will let you know at an interview.

When you’re writing your resume, if you get tired of using the same verbs repeatedly, then perform an Internet search for “resume verbs.” Review the options and be creative, but don’t go overboard. The copy you include should explain what you did and why it is important to the reader. Make sure you don’t forget whom the resume is intended for so that you can develop it with strengths that matter to the particular employer and position.

In the “Experience” section, be sure to include a section with the heading “Advanced Practice Nursing.” In this section, display the qualities that you bring to the field of nurse practitioning. You can provide and highlight what you’ve done here to help increase your chances at an interview.

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Nurse Practitioner Job Interviewing

The process of interviewing with a prospective employer can sometimes make the interviewee nervous and uneasy. When a nurse practitioner is contacted for an interview, he or she should get organized and prepared as soon as possible. As the saying goes, “If you fail to plan, then plan to fail.” Preparation is essential to knowing what may be asked of you during the interview.

The interview is an exchange of information that takes place with questions and answers. There is no correct answer, but the employer is looking for answers that best fit his or her or the company’s needs. The interview itself is likely to be structured and formal in order to cover certain material within a specific time period.

First, make sure you research the company you are interviewing with, including the physician practice, hospital structure and mission statements. The more you know about the company you are interviewing with the better the chances are that they will see that you took interest in learning about the company values, morals and mission in general. When you are able to relate to the organization and potential employer, the greater your chance of getting a call back with an offer for hire.

Practice your interview skills, and develop your skills by practicing your responses when you are asked certain questions. Stay relaxed when responding. Take your time preparing and think through the entire interview – from what you’ll wear to what you’ll print your resume on – and improve any areas that need brushed up on.

If it’s helpful to you, use a self- assessment tool to evaluate or learn about your strengths, weaknesses and other characteristics. The Myers-Briggs Test type can provide great insight into how you think and feel about areas and also how you respond as a co-worker. This and other assessment tools can provide direction and areas of improvement when nurse practitioners interview for a job.

Consider your weaknesses and strengths and how you will handle a question about these areas. Examine your skills and what you have accomplished as an employee and what you can offer long term to the nurse practitioning field.

Please take the time to consider your appearance. First impressions count and looking the part as a professional can go a long way. Remain relaxed and have an open posture at the interview. You want to convey confidence, but not arrogance. One potential area that may be overlooked is how you will question the interviewer. Write down a few questions that you want to know about the company. The interest you show will help to show your integrity and how you would fit with the team.

Finally, make sure you are prompt for your interview. This reflects your seriousness and how punctual you are also shows the employer that they are respected and that you want the job. Then sit back, relax and talk with the interviewer as planned to show them you are the best candidate for the job.

Supplying a Potential Employer With References

When considering whom you would like as your references, think about what you would like someone to say about you to a prospective employer. Think carefully about whom you would select to represent you to a potential employer. Contacting references are a part of the interview process and will usually only be requested when you are being considered for a position. References should not be listed as part of your resume, but should be quickly and easily provided to the employer if they are requested. Give plenty of thought to your reference list, and make sure when you select these persons that they will be an excellent review of your character.

First and foremost, ask the persons you’d like to list as your reference if it is OK to give their contact information to your potential employer(s). Explain the position so they can consider what they’d say to the employer. It is surprising how many people get a reference phone call and are completely caught off guard and have no idea that they were to give a job reference about you. When you choose that person to provide a recommendation for you consider who would best represent you. Consider your former supervisors and who best knows your accomplishments. Select persons who will provide various areas of reference. For instance, it is common to have a professional reference, an educational reference and a personal reference.

Next, select the individual who will write you a letter of reference. You will provide them with the details that you would like addressed in the letter. This provides them with a basis for their letter and helps them to discuss the proper points that you need addressed. The last thing you want is a lukewarm reference letter. If they agree to take the time to write a letter, the least you can do is provide them with the information that you would like mentioned. Not only will this benefit your reference letter, but it will also give them a better idea of what needs to be covered.

Finally, after the person or persons selected have written your letters of reference, please do not forget to send them a thank you letter. This is essential; they took the time to write a letter for you. If you do get the position, make sure you once again send them a note and tell them that you were offered the position and thank them for assisting you in the process. Simple kindness and gratitude goes a long way, and these are all characteristics of nurse practitioners, and you can start with a simple thank you for their dedication and assisting you in landing the new job.

Last Updated: 05/19/2014

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