By Rachel Jones
Have you ever felt lost and alone while trying to find a nursing job? Sometimes it can feel like you’re throwing applications to the wind with no support. But no more. Meet: Incredible Health Talent Advocates. We believe nurses deserve better, so we’ve assembled a team of Talent Advocates to support you through the hiring process so that you can get the best job for you. They’re basically your personal career coach. Talent Advocate Molly took over the blog to share her tips for tackling the job hunt. Get to know her story, and learn how our Talent Advocates can help you make your next career move.
Tell us about yourself.
I started working in the ER in Baltimore after graduating from nursing school. I decided to move to Mexico after going on vacation and meeting my husband. In addition to helping nurses create a career they love, I own a small organic reef-safe sunscreen business.
What got you into nursing?
I got into nursing because I wanted to do something that would help make a difference in people's lives. When I started working with individuals with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries, I realized that I had an interest in the medical field and found it very rewarding.
How would you describe your job as a Talent Advocate?
As a Talent Advocate I help nurses through the interview process, beginning with interview preparation for their first phone interviews. I help them keep track of where they are in multiple stages of the process with different hospitals. Many hospitals have different procedures and it can become overwhelming to navigate it all! I offer support and feedback all the way until they receive an offer, helping them weigh the pros and cons to ultimately find the best job for them. I love it! It is very fulfilling being able to assist and alleviate some of the nervousness and unknowns that happen when applying for jobs.
What do you love most about your job?
My favorite part of the job is telling candidates that they will be receiving an offer. There was one nurse who cried happy tears when I told her and thanked me for changing her life! I frequently hear from nurses: "I couldn’t have done this without you.”
What’s the most common thing nurses ask you?
The most common question I get from nurse candidates is “Can you help me with salary negotiation?” Often candidates think it comes down to only the hourly salary. While that is certainly a motivating factor, I encourage them to take other aspects into account, such as the location, benefits, sign-on bonus, and loan forgiveness.
What’s one thing you want nurses to know?
My biggest advice to nurses in the job hunt is remember the reason you became a nurse and remain confident during the interview process.
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