Finding your first Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant job
Being a new graduate is exciting and you’re ready to get started. But finding your first job can be a challenge. Catch 22 – to get a good job you need experience but you need the job to get the experience. So what can you do as a new graduate to find your first job?
First Job Basics:
Make sure your resume is well formatted and up to date. Be sure to list your clinical rotations and a sentence or two on what duties and any procedures you performed. Check and update your social media accounts. And if you don’t have a LinkedIn Profile, create one as more healthcare employers use them to locate potential candidates.
Tips to finding your first job:
START EARLY – start your search while you’re still in school, the last three months or so. And do well in school. It’s always a plus to note a high GPA or an award, etc. on your resume.
BE FLEXIBLE – you might not get your first choice or the specialty you dreamed of when you graduated. For example – getting a job in the ER is difficult without experience. Also consider working a less desirable shift (nights, etc.) to get your foot in the door.
CONSIDER RELOCATION – if you can, open your searches to areas fifty to one hundred miles out of your area. This can increase your chances of finding a new NP and PA job. Smaller cities or even rural locations can offer opportunities and a willingness to train new graduates. You may need to relocate to get the experience you need.
SOMETHING DIFFERENT? – other than hospitals and physician practices, there are other types of positions that might consider new grads like corporations, prisons/jails, retail clinics, cruise ships, etc. And don’t forget the government and military bases.
DON’T FORGET THE NHSC (NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE CORPS) PROGRAM – offering loan repayment, many of these locations are in mostly rural areas can be more open to new graduates. https://connector.hrsa.gov/connector/
STAY POSITIVE – it can be discouraging but keep at it and send your resume and short, well written cover letter. Don’t be shy and ask your clinical sites if they are looking or know of another practice/doctor that might need an Advanced Practice Provider.
Don’t give up! Be confident in what you can offer. You worked hard and you can do this too.
Check out our current openings here, a few will consider new graduates!