Networking is one of the most powerful tools that job seekers have. It is the most effective way to find a new job. Human resource authorities recommend networking, even when you aren’t searching for a job. Here are a few tips on how to get the most from networking as a travel nurse or an allied healthcare professional.
- Develop a strategy. To be effective, you need to organize your search and set goals. You should avoid a scattershot approach where you simply choose people at random and call them up. First, figure out who you are going to call and in what order – who can be of the most benefit to you – what you are going to say and what you want to accomplish with the conversation.
- Get moving. Planning is essential, but don’t succumb to paralysis by analysis. Figure out whom you want to call, when the best time to call is and what you are going to say. Once you do, make the calls. You may have reservations about whom or when you are calling, or about what you are going to say; don’t let that stand in the way. There is no perfect time to call or perfect pitch.
- Start with people you know well. Make your first calls to those you know well. This will help you to make a good start and help you build confidence. You can try out your speech on them – how you’ll sell yourself, your skills and accomplishments. Your contacts can then critique your presentation and give you ideas for improvement. Plus, they can give you names of other people you could call, in addition to job leads. Once you have perfected your pitch, begin calling those you don’t know to see what you can find out about what opportunities are available.
There are pluses and minuses to both approaches. Going with your favorites first allows more time for positions to open up as you continue your job search, while focusing on those further down your wish list gives you the opportunity to work on your pitch without as much stress.
If you are looking to advance your travel nursing or allied healthcare career, contact MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We are staffing experts who work to understand your unique skills and needs. We also have vast experience in the travel healthcare industry. We work with hundreds of healthcare facilities to place you in the best position. To find a great allied healthcare job or travel nurse opportunity, contact your recruiter today at 800-866-8108!