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Lack of job opportunities

I am a qualified nurse, midwife and health visitor with orthopaedic nursing and family planning qualifications. I have worked in a variety of settings including a ward sister for two years, several years as a staff midwife two years as a health visitor.

I am a qualified nurse, midwife and health visitor with orthopaedic nursing and family planning qualifications. I have worked in a variety of settings including a ward sister for two years, several years as a staff midwife two years as a health visitor.

I became quality development officer for an NHS trust in 1990, a post that I held for about 4 years. I then retired on health grounds and had a break from work of approximately 9 years. During this time my registration lapsed, however in 2004 I returned to work as a regulation inspector for the CSCI. I have now completed my 3rd year.

We have now been advised that there are to be significant reductions in the workforce affecting all grades of staff. I would appreciate some advice as to what I could do now. I understand that there are shortages of midwives and health visitors although having perused your jobs pages there do not seem to be many opportunities at the moment.

Answer:

The jobs pages may not show many opportunities for midwives and health visitors but in a lot of professions only a minority of jobs are advertised. Thus you might quite easily succeed by making speculative approaches to local organisations hospitals, group practices and clinics/hospitals in the private sector.

Ascertain the name of a manager or other appropriate person and write a 'speculative letter' (a sample of one is attached). This could lead to a networking (or 'getting-to-know-you) meeting from which you would gain the following benefits:

  • Make a contact - and, most likely, get a referral
  • Profile myself and, hopefully, promote myself
  • Get information on:
  • the company
  • that industry/field
  • my suitability/prospects
  • that work environment
  • my possible contribution
  • Pick up 'vibes'
  • Get a foot-in-the-door
  • Perhaps get a job offer
  • Get interview practice

I hope all this is helpful. If you would like assistance with your CV or any other advice, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Tim Dotchin

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