Be an NP 'Networkee'
Last week I mentioned that the holiday season is the perfect time to do some networking. If you are looking for a job, holiday gatherings often give you the opportunity to see and talk to people you might not ordinarily cross paths with during the other months of the year. It's a great time to reach out, spread some holiday cheer and make some new connections.
That was last week, this week I want to talk to you folks out there who are not job seeking or necessarily looking for "connections." I happen to be of the opinion that those of us who enjoy long-term stable positions still have a responsibility to network. Have you considered that in this stage of your career you may not be the networker, but the "networkee"? You may be the NP in a position to help out someone else.
If you are fortunate enough to be a seasoned NP who has been at the same job for awhile, take this time to consider how you might help a newer NP transition into the working world. Take that student or new grad NP under your wing. Take some time to reach out and encourage an RN who may be considering becoming an NP. Introduce your NP friends to other NPs in your circle. Be that connection maker. If there is an opening in your clinic or facility, make some calls and get the word out. Chances are even if you don't know of an NP looking for a job, someone you know does. If you don't know of a job but know a quality NP who is looking, you can still lend your support by offering to provide a reference for them.
Networking and word of mouth is still the top way most NP's found their new job. This still holds true even with all our high-tech online job ads and email applications. In the age of the internet ultimately nothing trumps the personal human connection.
Remember, it's better to give than receive. Give the "connection" gift this year. ‘Tis the season!
PS: Tell them the "Career Coach" sent you.