Career advice

Don't be shy, pick up the phone and ask recruiters what they're looking for

GIve yourself a head start by making personal contact with your potential future employer 

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.

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