How to land that job

Getting in touch with a prospective employer before applying for a new position or attending an interview can help to make you stand out from the crowd

Getting in touch with a prospective employer before applying for a new position or attending an interview can help to make you stand out from the crowd.

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Job adverts for nursing positions in the NHS and elsewhere often include a name and number for potential applicants to contact for more information, and applicants are being encouraged to make good use of them.

Nursing careers experts say valuable knowledge can be gathered from a phone conversation, email or visit to the organisation where an applicant is keen to work. This is the type of information that can improve an application; it also helps a nurse decide if the job is right for them.

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust senior nurse for education, learning and development Anna McGuinness encourages applicants to contact future employers. She takes this approach herself when looking for a new post.

‘There is a lot to be said for ringing up for a chat and finding out a bit more about what will be expected from the recruit,’ she says. ‘It will help personalise the application. I always tend to organise an informal visit as well before I go for a post, so I can decide if this is the role that I want and an area I want to work in.’

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This article was first published in print in Nursing Standard: volume 30, issue 27

 

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