Rasmussen College hosted a Career Chat on Mar. 10 in honor of National Nurses Week.
The Careers in Nursing chat used Google+ Hangouts on Air to connect participants virtually. Three Rasmussen College career experts were joined by Lee Bonds, a nursing recruiter with more than 20 years’ experience.
Highlights of the Career Chat included:
Importance of a nursing resume
Bonds discussed the importance of a well-crafted, focused resume. Your resume should look professional and that includes using a professional-sounding email address, she said. So you might want to rethink email addresses like firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and instead create one that uses variations of your first and last name.
“The resume speaks for you when you’re not there,” she said. Another point Bonds made: Don’t make your resume too long! That means leaving off jobs or skills that aren’t relevant to the nursing position you’re applying for.
Nursing job growth and job openings
Grant Tilus, Rasmussen College inbound marketing specialist, shared data about nursing job growth – and industries where you can find medical jobs.
Tilus’ research showed that LPN jobs are expected to grow 22 percent through 2020, and RN jobs are expected to grow 26 percent. Bonds attributed this to the fact that many older nurses have retired or will be retiring soon.
Another important fact Tilus shared: Not all nurses work in hospitals.
Many facilities that need healthcare providers aren’t ones you’d necessarily think of – like correctional facilities – said Ashley Eimer, a Rasmussen College career services advisor. “And they go to those nurses because not every healthcare facility can have a physician on site.”
If you are interested in something specific related to nursing careers, check out these other discussion points:
- Nursing salaries (Skip to 12:47 in the video to see this information)
- Skills nurses need (13:59)
- Volunteer opportunities for nurses (16:45 and 27:53)
- Tips for a new LPN job hunt (19:18)
- Sample nursing resume (22:14)