A true recruitment based story written by our very own Jonathan Reichman.
Imagine a field, full of flowers and sunshine. When it comes to our career, this is where we want to be. As a child, growing up, we had hopes and dreams of what we were going to do when we chose our career. Sometimes as adults, it is easy to forget our childhood dreams. I work as a recruiter, for Registered Nurses and other healthcare professionals, and have learned to greatly respect these unsung heroes.
Helping people, saving lives, has to be one of the most rewarding professions out there, and I believe in the nurses we help. I believe they can maximize their desire to help those who need them, when given the best organization and environment in which to flex their nursing muscles. There is a story I want to share.
I had the pleasure to work with, and help get a job for a great nurse just a few weeks ago, but I am getting ahead of myself. This was a nurse in whom I saw her potential, as did our clients. However, something happened after she met with the hiring managers, and she was never offered the role to which she had applied. I didn’t want to give up on her, because I knew how much she wanted to work at this particular organization and I knew her potential. After two interviews for different roles within this organization, she started doubting her chances of ever working there. I listened, and although it sounded as though she was ready to call it quits and give up because she had “failed” the interview, I listened to her heart instead.
I felt what she was not saying, that she really wanted to work at this organization, but just didn’t know how to get a job there. A few days after she had been informed she had not gotten the position yet again, a third job came in at the same organization that I felt she would qualify for. She wanted it, but had reservations of being disappointed. I assured her that we would work together and we would do everything to figure out what the issue was- because I was confident it was not her, just some external influence.
Sure enough, after 45 minutes of a third interview preparation, which we offer to all of our candidates for no charge (along with everything else we do for our nurses), we found the issue. During the interview, she would get thrown a curveball question about her experience, lose confidence, and then apologize for her “lack of experience” but would say something about being able to “work really hard”. The other thing we learned was that she had to be more proactive during the interview, and so we went through countless simulations. This time, after the interview, she called me happily and confidently, claiming she felt it went very well this time-and she was right.
The company told us that very day that they wanted to hire her, and while I held her hand throughout the rest of the offer and starting process, she was on top of her game. She was very thankful, but I was more thankful to her, because I knew her potential and that I had the chance to work with such a truly outstanding candidate. I hope you will read this and join our nursing family too. If you, or someone you know, is looking for a step-up in their career, or feels the need to explore a better employment option, call or e-mail us your resume. We will be here with you. Thanks in advance for being such a great nurse!