LinkedIn is the Facebook for working professionals. At 225 million strong, it’s a top source for connecting with colleagues, finding jobs and showcasing your career skills. How can you use the site to build your nursing career in Las Vegas? Here are 3 tips:
1. Connect with classmates from your cohort.
Forming relationships with members of your cohort can significantly impact your success in Roseman’s nursing school in Las Vegas. Students who study together, excel together! At the start of classes, connecting on LinkedIn can be a fun way to see what your classmates were doing before they switched to nursing and determine what you have in common. As you get to know each other better, obtain recommendations from a few close friends so that future employers who read your profile (and they will read your profile) can get a sense of your reputation and work ethic. After graduation, keep tabs on your peers as they find jobs, hone their skills and pursue more education. “Like” relevant status updates and congratulate them as they move up. Offer thoughtful feedback if they ask a question.
Keeping tabs on your nursing friends benefits everyone involved. We all want to work with people we like and respect, and finding opportunities through professional circles is much easier than wading through resumes and job listing from people and companies you don’t know. LinkedIn is one of the best ways to highlight your skills and keep connections alive.
2. Showcase your knowledge of the profession and the Las Vegas job market.
Staying abreast of nursing trends on a local and industry level should be a given for any nurse, but take it one step further and share what you find on LinkedIn. Not only does it show off your smarts, it provides real value to those who follow you, and it won’t be long before you become a top source for all things nursing-related in Las Vegas.
You can find content worth sharing in a number of ways. Follow the hospitals and healthcare facilities where you gained clinical experience as a nursing student. Join groups related to nursing trends and clinical specialties you’re interested in. Subscribe to a mix of news like Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Scrubs magazine, Nurse Together and Johnson & Johnson’s Nursing Notes. (Psst – you can also follow Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Nursing Accelerated BSN.)
3. Search for new grad nursing jobs in Las Vegas.
Don’t wait until graduation to explore the job market for nurses in Las Vegas. Nevada is recognized by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as one of the best-paying states in the country for nurses, so even if you relocated for our accelerated nursing program and plan to move back home after graduation, it doesn’t hurt to keep an open mind and see what’s available as you near graduation. You can customize searches by company, job title, geographical area and zip code and have e-mail alerts delivered to your inbox daily, weekly or monthly. LinkedIn will also highlight people in your network that have some sort of connection to a job posting.
Are you ready to learn more about becoming a nurse through our 16-month nursing school in Las Vegas? Seats are still available in Roseman’s February cohort – no wait list! Call us today at 877.885.8399 to learn more. You can also download our free ABSN roadmap to learn everything you need to know from advising to application.