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Landing Your Perfect Nursing Job

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Title: Landing Your Perfect Nursing Job

Author: Lisa Mauri Thomas

Publisher: Sigma Theta Tau International 2013

Reviewer: Carol Singleton, Queen’s nurse clinical project manager, end of life care, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

What was it like?

This book is written by an American author, who is currently dean of Education in Minneapolis but also a job search strategist and resumé (CV) writer, to help you “successfully navigate today’s nursing market” whether you are newly qualified or looking to move on in your career.

What were the highlights? 

There are 11 chapters covering job searches, networking, resumés and cover letters, goals, interviewing, how an interviewee should market themselves and nursing culture and how it impacts on the job search. There are also a  further five short sections in the appendices containing interview resources, templates, tools and an index.

Strengths & weaknesses:

The section of “Interview Resources” provides useful ways to prepare for an interview including questions interviewees may be asked and ones for them to ask during the interview and a list of “What not to do”.

Throughout the book, there are “Land that Job!” boxes with questions to the reader on how they are feeling, tasks to carry out and things to think about.

The language and style is American, which I found quite annoying at times but if you can ignore this, the exercises are thought provoking. Each chapter ends with a “Best Candidate Checklist” and limited references but starts with a quotation relevant to the chapter ahead.

Who should read it?

The author states, and I agree with her, that “experienced nurses should always be on the lookout for opportunities for professional growth and development” and not only when they are experiencing “short term moments of desperation”. This book leads the reader through the process in a logical manner, providing the opportunity to think about their future career direction and plan for it rather than reacting to acute problems.

Any nurses interested in reviewing how they search for new job opportunities, complete applications and prepare for interviews would find this book a useful resource and despite having an American author, is still relevant to UK nurses.

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