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The current job market for nursing is abit tight in the United States especially within the hospital setting. Therefore a nursing graduate has a better chance getting the kind of job they are looking for if they expand their search out of their home state. Nursing graduates should change their job strategies and mind set for them to advance in their career. This means that they should not just seek employment in the traditional hospital setting but expand to other areas such as outpatient treatment centers, alternate care setting or travel nurse (Kosicek 2014)

During an interview it is important for the nursing candidate to ask a few questions so that they can know if they are a good fit for the organization. They should ask questions like what the culture of the facility is, the kind of training they provide, if there is a probationary period and probably their tuition –reimbursement policy. They can also ask the organizations’ policy on overtime, how long the shifts are and the qualities and skills the organization is looking for.

The current job market in all fields is very competitive.  It is therefore very important for one to truly own their career. When applying for a job, one should think about their skills, qualifications and attributes that they believe are their greatest assets, and consider this when researching their career options. It is also essential for one to demonstrate their skills and experience during an interview (Kosicek 2014. An interviewee should show some enthusiasm for pursuing their chosen career path. They should try and make their application stand out by thinking on how they can demonstrate their skills specific to the job they are after.

Work experience is one of the most valuable things that one can use to boost their chances at employment, it can also give one a lot of examples to draw on during the interview. Aspects of one’s studies, Voluntary work, and extra-curricular activities can also feed into one’s skills inventory. Some employability skills include soft skills, hard skills, knowledge-based skills and transferable skills. Soft skills include personal qualities such as communication skills and problem solving skills. Hard skills are those skills that are taught such as numeracy and writing. Having specialized knowledge skills is also crucial for employability (Wendleton .K 2013). It is also important for an interviewee to demonstrate that they have acquired some transferable skills at a certain point in their lives. When applying for a job the candidate should pay special attention to the “job spec”. A job spec is also known as the blue print for the job. It outlines that qualifications, skills, experience and work attributes that a company is looking for.

 Employers expect the interviewees to demonstrate that they have the skills that they want. One way that an interviewee can do this is to gives examples of when they used a particular skill during their previous work experience or studies. It is therefore necessary to already have a few examples that they can use in their application form. A candidate should also focus on their achievements when being interviewed, this shows the employer that the candidate can be a great asset to their organization.  Career advisers have also recommended the STAR (situation, task, achieve then result) approach when restructuring answers during an interview. Situation means setting the scene, task is about setting to achieve the desired goal, actions stands for what was done to achieve it and results is the outcome of the interview. It is also advisable for a candidate to be as specific as possible. It is true that employers prefer high academic achievements but equally important is the ability for one to demonstrate the key competencies and skills that are needed in the work place.

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