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Should nurses be using LinkedIn?

Written by Chelsea Idzior on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 Posted in Travel Nurse Tips

Is having a LinkedIn presence necessary to get a job?

While more and more non-healthcare professionals turn to the social media site to network and display their skills and abilities, professionals in the healthcare field have yet to fully embrace it.

Whatever the reasons may be, nurses and other healthcare professionals who haven't yet embraced the power of LinkedIn should seriously consider building a professional presence on this powerful networking site.

Read below for some reasons why a LinkedIn presence is beneficial and for some tips on using the website:

LinkedIn is the world's largest professional networking site, with more than 200 million members as of January 2013. More than 73 million of those members live in the U.S.

In other words, if you want to get a hold of hiring managers and decision makers, LinkedIn is the place to find them and network with them.

But what about privacy concerns? These can be legitimate and you should be very careful regarding what you reveal in any posts or updates you place on LinkedIn.

Yet your professional profile is where you shouldn't have to worry too much about privacy concerns, since your profile–naturally–is all about you.

Here are some tips for using LinkedIn:

  • Ask for recommendations. Send formal requests to members of your LinkedIn network. Ask them to write a recommendation for you (or you can offer to write it for them and then send it to them for editing and so they may post it). Offer to write a recommendation for them as well (wait two or three weeks to post the recommendation; otherwise the recommendations come across as tit-for-tat).
  • Go to the top of the LinkedIn page, select “network” at the top, scroll down a bit and then click “companies.” This will show you which companies (hospitals, etc.) are in your network. You can also do a search by industry and then start looking for hospitals and medical centers that pique your interest. Evaluate your connections and see if you know someone who works there and may be able to help you get an interview or contact/connection.
  • Find out where you rank for your particular skill. Pick two or three keywords that describe your skills (oncology RN, for example), as well as your location, perform a search and see where you rank in the results. This can help you see how quickly recruiters will find you. You want to appear in the top 10 results.

If you've been working as a licensed RN for at least one or two years and are interested in exploring career opportunities as a traveling nurse, contact the recruiters at Health Providers Choice today.