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Nurse Recruitment Day

Thursday, October 19, 2017
11am-3pm

Location: Health and Behavioral Studies (HBS) Building Room 5040

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What to Expect

The purpose JMU Nurse Recruitment Day is to learn about employment opportunities available, talk with employers representing different organizations, and network. Employers will have information about internships, externships, and nurse residency programs. View tips from students attending one of our fairs to get a first-hand look. Here are some other things to expect:

Employer set-up:

  • Some organizations bring several recruiters. Focus on one recruiter and be sensitive of their time if it seems like they are wrapping up the conversation.

Noise:

  • Since so many people are concentrated in one area, you can expect a lot of noise.  
  • If you’re a naturally quiet speaker, be conscious of an employer’s ability to hear you.

Giveaways:

  • Employers will have giveaways to help promote their organization to you.  
  • Remember to focus on talking to the recruiter; not getting the giveaways.

Some employers leave early:

  • Depending on an employer’s distance to travel home, they may leave a little earlier than the official end of the Fair.  
  • With that in mind, arrive to the Fair as soon as you can.

Interviews:

  • Most employers will want to schedule an interview with you after the Fair, so be prepared for this possibility.
  • Read more advice about interview preparation and ways to practice like Practice Interviews and InterviewStream.

How to Prepare

Resume:

  • Recruiters will see a lot of students, and your resume is a paper representation of you and your experiences that recruiters will review at the end of the day to determine who to follow-up with.
  • You’ll want to have copies of your resume at the Fair; bring 10 to 20 copies at least.
  • Learn more about the basics of resume writing and ways to have your resume reviewed in the resume section of our website.

Your Introduction:

  • You’ll want to practice a brief introduction prior to the Fair. 
  • You will only have a few minutes with a recruiter, so you want to prepare a succinct statement to introduce and sell your professional self.  Include where you are now (your name, your academic programs, your year), where you have been (prior experiences that qualify you), and where you are going (the type of experience/position you are looking for).  
  • As the conversation with the employer progresses, you can also mention what excites you about working in this field in the future, how your interests and skills align with what they might be seeking, or what you’re passionate about. Think about what might set you apart.
  • You can practice your introduction and record a video of yourself to review using our InterviewStream service.

Prepare Questions to Ask:

  • As you research organizations, there will be questions that arise and you should write these down so you remember them at the Fair. You can use employer websites, sites like CareerBliss, and Recruit-A-Duke, to do your research.
  • There’s nothing that makes you look less interested in an organization than not having any questions for them, so do your homework!
  • It’s okay if you have some questions that you ask all employers, and other questions that are for specific employers.
  • This is not an appropriate time to ask questions about salary, but it’s a great time to ask questions about organization culture, training, and the selection process and timeline. 
  • Bring questions that you’ve compiled to the Fair. Glance at the questions you want to ask before you arrive at the employer’s booth so that you can maintain eye contact throughout your conversation.

Dress Professionally:

  • Wear a suit if you have one, but if not don’t let that keep you from attending the Fair. 
  • You want to dress professionally and respectfully, which includes ironing your clothes.
  • It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed.
  • If you have sweaty palms, bring a tissue to help keep your hands dry between handshakes.
  • Wear comfortable dress shoes, because you’ll be standing awhile. 
  • Read more professional attire tips for men and women.

What to Bring:

  • You’ll want to have a padfolio, binder, or folder to keep your resume and prepared list of questions organized.  You can also store materials you receive from employers here.
  • Resumes (10-20 at least)
  • List of organizations, notes, and questions
  • Pen
  • Tissues
  • Breath mints; not gum

Talking with Employers

Employers send recruiters who can speak to students about the organization and available positions. A recruiter’s job is to meet, recruit, and screen potential applicants, so don’t be intimidated. They want to talk with you. Many recruiters are also JMU alumni, which can be a point of connection. Here are some pointers for your conversations with recruiters.

Introduce Yourself:

  • Offer a handshake, and maintain eye contact as you provide your introduction (as described above).

Listen to the Recruiter about organization and opportunities:

  • After you introduce yourself, the recruiter will describe and provide literature about their organization and opportunities.

Dialogue:

  • The employer will expect that you ask questions, and they will ask you questions.
  • You want to demonstrate confidence, enthusiasm, and interest for the organization.  Don’t say anything negative about previous employers or experiences in college.

Offer Resume:

  • Always introduce yourself before offering your resume.
  • An employer who attended one of our Fairs commented, “Students were walking around sticking out their resumes.” This shouldn't be the first thing you do, and should at earliest come after you’ve introduced yourself and listened to the recruiter about their organization and opportunities.  
  • Often an employer will ask you if you have your resume.

Before Leaving, Ask Employer:

  • For a business card or contact information.
  • The best way to follow-up with them.
  • A time frame of their hiring process.

Interviews:

  • If an employer has opted to stay, interviews will be conducted immediately following the career fair portion of the event. Most will interview at the same table, but some may have additional interviewing rooms.
  • During the career fair portion, employers will invite students to return for afternoon interviews. Not everyone will receive interviews on-site. And, not all employers will offer afternoon interviews.
  • Interviews will be conducted in 20 minute increments. When scheduling interviews, you may want to schedule in a 20-30 minute “cushion” to assure availability and time to prepare for the next interview.

After the Fair:

  • Send thank you emails to recruiters that you spoke with if you are still interested in their opportunities.  This can easily set you apart from other candidates!
  • Develop an organizational system to track all of the recruiters and potential job leads you find at the Fair and in your job search in general.

Questions?

Contact Cassidy Lawson at lawsoncj@jmu.edu or 540-568-6555.

Check out our calendar for upcoming workshops that can help you prepare.

Career & Academic Planning staff will also be available to answer any questions you might have during the fair. Look for us at the CAP table in HBS Room 5040.

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