Don’t Give Your Resume a Christmas Break

Friday, 18. November 2011


With Black Friday just one week away, and Christmas not far behind, it’s probably a good time to take a break from your job search, regroup and work on your professionally written resume, right?

Wrong!

Whether employed and looking to make a change in your career, or unemployed and looking for a job, the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is probably one of the most opportune times to look for a job, for many different reasons:

The first being, just because it is holiday season, that doesn’t mean business takes a vacation or employers stop hiring.

The common reaction to the holidays is to take a break, with most people putting their search on hold you will have less competition.

Between mid-November and the beginning of January many managers may have a lighter work schedule, making it easier for you to get in contact with them. They may even be more receptive to taking your meeting or engaging you in conversation.

The final reason why the holiday season is a great time to look for a job is that companies are conducting their year-end budgets. You can help them allocate some of those funds, which they are desperately trying to spend, on recruitment and training for your new career.

You won’t have to change your job search tactics for the holidays, but there are some opportunities that you can take advantage of to help you with your search. Here are just a few:

Christmas parties and holiday functions can be a great chance to use your networking skills. Whether they’re business related or friend and family gatherings, it’s a good idea to have a bit of a spiel prepared to let your contacts know what exactly it is that you are looking for in a job. Who knows, maybe Uncle Jack’s neighbour’s son, who always comes over to helps shovel the walk in the winter, works in the very same company that you are hoping to work for.

The holidays are a great time to do some impromptu follow-up to those managers that you have recently interviewed with. Send them a Christmas card wishing them a happy holiday and thanking them for opportunity to interview with them. Oh, and don’t forget to include your business card.

If you are unemployed, underemployed, or just have some free time during the holidays, taking on some seasonal work can help with your job search by build upon your skill-set and expanding your networking circle. Not only does retail see an expansion in their workforce during Christmas time, but many temp agencies will also see an increase in workforce requests due to companies looking for temporary employees to fill in for vacancies caused by holiday vacations.

In the end, you shouldn’t give your resume a Christmas break, because even though interviewing process may be slower during the holiday season, it doesn’t come to a complete halt and neither should your job search.

Top 36 Nursing Blogs To Help With Your Nursing Career

Thursday, 10. November 2011


The healthcare field is a demanding yet rewarding sector that is always in high demand, especially when it comes to nursing jobs. To start a career in nursing, you first need to acquire the appropriate education and training, followed by a professionally written nursing resume that will help you get your foot in the emergency room door.

In a previous post we discussed How To Write A Nursing Resume, however your nursing resume should also reflect the latest industry trends and address the evolving roles that nurses are expected to fulfill in today’s society.

The best way to keep yourself up-to-date is through constant research of the industry, and what better way to know the inner workings of the healthcare field than from the providers themselves.

This is why ResumeMag has put together this handy list of the top 36 nursing blogs. These additional resources will help aspiring nurses and veteran nurses alike to connect with likeminded people, keep up-to-date on current trends in the industry and build a sense of community online.

Without further adieu, in no particular order, here are the top 36 Nursing Blogs:

1. Bedside Manner
A conversation about compassion, communication and other issues in health care.

2. The Nursing Site Blog
Kathy Quan, RN BSN PHN, has been an RN for over 30 years. Most of those years have been spent in home health care and hospice. A published author, she shares her experiences on her blog TheNursingSiteBlog.com.

3. Salary Of A Nurse
Salary of a Nurse blog is just what you expect, news, advice and other pieces of information about a nurse’s salary.

4. Finding The Forty-Seven: Canadian Nurses Of The First World War
This blog is dedicated to reclaiming the lives and experience of those forty-seven Canadian nurses who died while serving overseas during World War I.

5. Nurse Uncut
Nurse Uncut is an online community site for Australian nurses where they share their tips and advice, good news stories and opinions on topics close to their hearts.

6. Nurse Nacole
NurseNacole.com is all about Nacole’s experiences becoming a Florida registered nurse, from nursing school (BSN) to starting out as a new nurse.

7. Nurse Academia
Nurse Academia is an amazing internet resource for nursing education, for both students, clinical educators, and faculty.

8. Lnc Stat: Legal Nurse Consulting Blog
Information about becoming certified as an advanced legal nurse consultant or an expert of medical legal specialties.

9. Diary Of A Trauma Nurse
Cory is a ER/Trauma/ICU nurse, and this blog is her public diary of her experiences.

10. Code Blog
Gina runs the Code blog; a site dedicated to medical stories, were readers can also post their own stories and share their experiences.

11. The Official Travel Nursing Blog
Nursing news and views, dubbed as the official Travel Nursing Blog.

12. 50 States Staffing
A blog that consists of very helpful information about nursing careers and nursing resources.

13. The Nurse Unchained
A great blog about one nurse’s unabashed opinion on all things nursing.

14. The Nurses Nurse
Rita Batchley, RN, aka The Nurses Nurse, is a healthcare activist who shares her opinions on her blog about the healthcare injustices that are occurring today.

15. Nurses And Hospital Stories
Insightful nurse and hospital stories by blogger, Penelope Rock.

16. One Nurse At A Time
A group of volunteer and humanitarian nurses run this blog with the desire to help other nurses get involved.

17. Nursingwriting
This blog is a resource for faculty and graduate students of the School of Nursing at the University of Connecticut. Prepared and maintained by Dr. Thomas Lawrence Long, associate professor-in-residence, the information in this blog can be helpful to any aspiring nurse.

18. Nursing Notes
Shirley Williams’s blog, Nursing Notes, shares information on everything from practical application in the healthcare field to nursing careers, schooling and even retirement.

19. Nursing Idea
A Canadian blog that shares ideas about research, innovation and leadership in respect to nursing and healthcare.

20. Nurse Story
A blog about nursing, nurse practitioners, and the healthcare industry in general.

21. Nursemanifest Blog
This blog’s goal is to promote discussion of ideas for advancing nursing’s contributions to healing and health, and the issues that all nurses face in doing so.

22. Nighttimenursing
A gathering of thoughts and stories from a 12-hour night ER nurse.

23. New Nurse Blog
The New Nurse Blog talks about the difficulties in gaining experience as a new nurse. The blogger hopes that by sharing her stories that she will also let other new nurses know that they’re not alone in feeling overwhelmed and intimidated.

24. Marie Manthey’s Nursing Salon
Marie Manthey spent 25 years in hospital nursing in almost every position. After running a successful consulting company she now shares her nursing experiences on her personal blog.

25. Lost On The Floor
One, not so new, nurse’s tale about being a Charge Nurse on a busy telemetry unit somewhere in metro Portland.

26. Correctional Nurse . Net
Lorry Schoenly blogs about the challenging profession of nursing in a correctional environment. The specialty practice of correctional nursing focuses on care for incarcerated individuals in jails, prisons, and juvenile facilities.

27. Just Call Me Nurse…. Eventually
Kat’ personal blog about her experiences in nursing school and she graduates on December 16th, of this year, so there is no time like the present to read her blog.

28. Infusion Nurse Blog
An informative platform for discussion and ideas related to Infusion nursing, vascular access and infusion therapy.

29. Fast Track Nursing Programs
Fasttrack.nu is your resource for nursing jobs and the Fast Track Program.

30. Diary Of A Child Nurse
This blogger is currently a student nurse at a London University and their blog is designed as much as a diary to record this experience as it is to be a public blog with some great insight into the life of a nursing student.

31. Johns Hopkins Nursing Blogs
This faculty and student run blog gives you a bit of insight into the Hopkins Nursing School through the eyes of its students.

32. Onward Blog Healthcare
The Onward Healthcare Blog offers news and advice on travel nurse jobs and rehab careers.

33. Ask The Nurse Practitioner
Laura is an experienced nurse in pediatric and adult emergency medicine, family practice, general medicine/surgery, and neonatal ICU. Her blog contains real and practical health information for you and your family.

34. Angelabrook.Com
Tips and information for nurses suffering from burnout, and for those looking how to avoid it.

35. Nursing Law & Order
Nursing Law & Order provides commentary on legal issues facing nurses.

36. Nursefriendly Nursing Directories
Nationwide Nursing Resources: In this Nursing Portal you’ll find information on. This directory has been
The blog is maintained by Andrew Lopez, RN and his team of Internet Nursing Guides and contains everything from information on nursing jobs to nursing schools, and everything in between.