There is a high demand for registered nurses today, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for registered nurses is predicted to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is much faster than other average occupations. This prediction is based on many contributing factors including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services for the baby-boom population.
The financial burden of hospitals having to release patients quickly may result in a higher need for RNs in long-term care facilities, outpatient care centers, and for Home Care Nurses versus other nursing specialties.
Although RNs are in high demand, there has also been an increase in new nurses entering the labor market which means that there may still be some competition for various nursing jobs.
Are you a Nurse?
Here are 3 companies in the Greater Boston area offering discounts to all nurses with valid work ID.
Chipotle: Nurses, mark your calendars for June 5. With a work ID, get a buy-one-get-one-free on burritos, bowls, salads, and orders of tacos.
Cinnabon: Through May 12, nurses get one free Cinnabon Classic Roll, MiniBon Roll or a four-count BonBites when they show their badge at participating locations.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop: Through Saturday, show your medical ID or wear your scrubs for a free fountain drink or cookie with the purchase of a sandwich or salad. Limited to one per customer.
*Sources from USA Today & Bureau of Labor Statistics
What is temp-to-hire?
Temp to hire, also known as a contract to hire or temp to perm, opportunities are roles in which you work through a team like Moore Staffing, are placed on a temporary assignment with a company. If both you and the company find and confirm that the position is a good match, then you may be hired on as a permanent employee.
Will I definitely become a permanent employee?
While there is no guarantee to becoming a permanent employee, the goal from all party perspectives is for it to be a long-term, permanent role.
What about health insurance and other benefits?
On contract, Moore offers a Health insurance plan through Tufts Medical after 30 days of employment, in addition to sick-time and a 401k match program. Once an employee goes permanent, they assume the benefits offered by their long-term employer.
What are the benefits of choosing a contract-to-hire role?
- Get your resume on top – you have the option of applying for all opportunities on your own, however, with Moore, we are able to send your resume directly to the hiring Manager’s desk. Thus, your resume is separated from the many sent in via their company website.
- Try before you buy – on contract/temp you can try out a company and position to see if it’s a good long-term fit for your career goals and lifestyle.
- Keeping busy while on the search – if you’ve been on the job market for some time now, you know how it can be exhausting. Fill the gaps in your resume and stay sharp by considering temp-to-hire or temporary roles.
- You get your foot in the door with employers, but also a Staffing Manager – Maybe this temporary role wasn’t a fit! That’s okay. If you did a great job and proved yourself to be reliable, your staffing manager will be excited to help you find a new and even better role! We can share our professional connections with you.
Does Moore Staffing only offer temp-to-hire opportunities?
No! We offer direct hire and temporary opportunities as well.
Dress to Impress
Interview Rule #1: Many say ‘dress for the job you want’, but also you should ‘dress for the company’. Best tip: Inquire with your staffing manager on the company’s dress code. Always remember: An interview is one of the most important first impressions you will make!
- A business suit in solid colors, preferably black, grey, or navy blue
- Long-sleeved shirt; color coordinated with your suit
- Dark socks with leather shoes; again, coordinated with your suit
- Leather belt
- Neat, trimmed hairstyle
- Business pantsuit in solid colors, preferably black, grey, or navy blue
- If interviewing in warmer weather, some women may opt for wearing a business suit with a skirt, as opposed to pants. If choosing the skirt route, ensure the skirt is at least knee-length
- A blouse that coordinates with a business suit
- Subtle/conservative footwear; some women prefer to throw on some heels for this important occasion
- For jewelry – less is better
- Light on the makeup and perfume
- Neat hairstyle
- Briefcase or office-appropriate bag
- Khaki pants or black slacks
- Cotton long-sleeved, preferably with buttons or short-sleeved polo shirt
- Sweaters are okay, too
- Leather shoes
- Tie optional
- Khaki-colored pants or black slacks
- Dress skirts (still at knee length or longer here!)
- Sweaters or blouses
- Heels, flats or other conservative-style shoes
- Wash and iron your clothes
- Avoid loud colors
- Take out piercings (an earring on each ear is okay)
- Cover up any visible tattoos
- Women – keep it light and casual on the makeup
- Men – show up cleanly shaven
What Not to Wear – Men & Women
- Ripped clothing
- Sneakers or flip-flop sandals
- Short skirts
- Low-cut shirts
- Any piece of clothing that reveals too much skin
- Clothing that reveals tattoos/body piercings
- Low-rise or tight pants
- Clothing that reveals undergarments
Did You Know?
Some say blue clothing radiates confidence and trust – Need extra confidence on interview day? Cue the blue!
Interview Preparation Tips
Recruiters and hiring managers expect a candidate to know a good amount about their company and their industry when the candidate comes in for the interview. If a candidate asks basic questions about a company in an interview, it shows lack of preparation.
It can also present the perception that a candidate does not have a high level of interest in working at that company. The information candidates garner in pre-interview research will help candidates come up with smart questions that not only impress the hiring manager but will also aid the candidate in deciding if this is the right place for his/her next job.
There are many useful online research tools available: the company website, press releases, earnings reports, LinkedIn, Google News, company prospectuses and employer review sites such as Glassdoor and Google. Simply typing a company name in Google can lead to lots of valuable information about a company.
So what specifically should you identify about a company before you interview?
• What are their products, services, and industry?
• Who do they sell to or provide services to?
• Who do they compete with?
• Where are their facilities and offices located?
• Who owns the company?
• Are they private or public?
• If public, how are their earnings?
• What are the challenges they and companies in their industry are facing?
• How many employees work there?
• How do their employees describe the company?
• What benefits do they offer? (if published on the website)
• How do current employees in the role you are applying to describe their position on LinkedIn?
• How do hiring managers at the company review their employees? This could give you some indication as to the attributes hiring managers like to see in their employees.
The job seeker should make sure they are familiar with every aspect of a company’s website. The more company research a candidate does, the more they will be perceived as intelligent, interested and on-the-ball by the hiring company. Benjamin Franklin famously said, “the investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Those words could not be more applicable when describing the importance of preparing for an interview!
Resume Writing Tips
Before you are able to dazzle a hiring manager with your in-depth knowledge of Lean Six Sigma procedures or your expertise in QuickBooks, you need to be invited to interview. A sharp, well-written resume is necessary to receive that invitation! Here are a few tips to help:
- Spelling and grammar matter! Be sure to spellcheck your resume. Run it through Grammarly.com. Have a trusted friend or family member look it over. A spelling error or glaring grammar mistake could easily get your resume transferred to the “no” pile.
- Be concise. Resumes for most positions should not run longer than two pages and, if you are newer to the workforce, it shouldn’t be more than a page. 4-5 bullets are sufficient in describing your job responsibilities. Include only the last 10-15 years’ experience. The hiring manager is extremely busy and, more than likely has received a slew of resumes for the position. They simply don’t have the time to read lengthy resumes so they will not do so.
- Do not include references, letters of recommendations, salary history/requirements, a photograph, marital status/children, or personal info beyond your name, address, email address and phone number. I would also avoid including hobbies/interests unless you are a student applying for an internship. Including these bits of info could open you up to subtle discrimination.
- Unless you are applying for an artistic role, avoid adding graphics, watermarks, or different colors. The “look” of your resume is very important. White space within the document allows for easier reading. Use one font throughout. You have 4-6 seconds to grab the reader’s attention. A wordy, dense resume makes it much harder for your experience to stand out.
- Be sure to include keywords for the position you are applying to in your resume. This will help if your resume is being fed into an automated applicant tracking system. It will also help if human eyes are reading it first. Hiring managers want to know that you have the basic qualifications at a quick glance.
A resume is your sales sheet. It gets your foot in the door and provides recruiters and hiring managers with their first impression of you. Make sure it represents who you are and what you can offer! If you would like more tips, please feel free to email Stephanie at Stephanie@Moorestaffing.com.