It probably goes without saying, but students should start thinking about their first healthcare gig well before they graduate. Even though the field of medicine continues to grow at an astonishing rate, there is still quite a bit of competition for the top positions. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure you land a great job shortly after you graduate.

Start Building Relationships Early

Even students who have an excellent work ethic might still have trouble finding a job after school. Networking is an important part of one's education, and it is never too early to start building up a great reputation. In addition to your professors, you should also try to forge a bond with other students (especially the ones who will be graduating before you) that might be able to help you once you are ready to enter the workforce.

Become an Assistant While You Take Classes

Many organizations love to hire proactive and driven students for positions that do not require a degree or certifications. At the very least, you should contact your local hospitals and outpatient centers to see if they have any entry-level positions that they are looking to fill with students.

Pad Your Academic Background

A bachelor's degree is a great start, but it might not be enough if you are battling for a top position. All nursing students should consider continuing their education as soon as they receive their bachelor's so they can stand out from the competition. Graduates can even complete an RN to MSN online degree while they are working.

Be Ready for an Interview

Anyone who is actively hunting for a job or plans on searching for a job in the near future should be ready for a formal interview at all times. This includes having a nice outfit to interview in, an updated resume, unofficial transcripts, and references. Hospitals and medical centers that need to fill a position immediately will not wait multiple days for you to prepare yourself.


If you cannot find a job or you are getting ready to take your boards, then you might want to consider volunteering. Not only does this help your local community, but it also looks great on your resume. Many hospitals look to their volunteer staff when it comes time to hire for new positions.

The final step is to maintain a positive attitude at all times. Staying confident, patient, and prepared will give you the best chance of landing your dream job in the field of medicine.

Author's Bio: 

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.