Editor's Note: This story originally appeared on FlexJobs.com.
Tired of long commutes to start your shift at the hospital? Or, maybe you know someone who works remotely and have thought, “That’s nice, but it’s just not possible for me.”
It may surprise you that many jobs can be done remotely, including nursing jobs. Below, we share a few key tips for finding a remote nursing position.
1. Select Specific Keywords to Refine Your Search
Using the “Advanced Job Search” function at FlexJobs, narrow your search by including remote work terminology — such as virtual, work from home, remote, online — in addition to your ideal nursing title. For example, search “remote nurse” or relevant credentials to find active job postings.
Currently available remote nursing jobs include:
- Registered Nurse Case Manager
- Telemedicine Registered Nurse
- Hospice Registered Nurse
- Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
2. Research Employers
To find a remote nursing position, research companies that offer remote nursing jobs. Make a list of companies that best fit your needs, and apply to open roles.
You can also follow companies on social media. Sometimes companies will share if they’re hiring, but they also may post updates and events they’re hosting, which is information you can use in cover letters and interviews to demonstrate that you’re knowledgeable about the company.
3. Set Job Alerts
Some job board sites allow users to save searches and get notified of new jobs that fit their queries. On most job sites, you can save searches, such as “nurse, 100% remote, entry-level, Santa Cruz, California.” After setting the alert, you’ll receive regular emails alerting you of any new jobs that are posted fitting your requirements.
The jobs come to you, so you don’t have to hunt for them. If you see a job you want, don’t wait. The sooner you apply, the better.
4. Polish Your Skills
Continuing to refine and update your health industry skills and knowledge of nursing best practices isn’t just good for your patients — it can help you stand out to prospective employers. In addition to taking industry-related courses or certifications, you can also brush up your remote work skills with courses for remote workers.
Of course, certifications provide employers with proof of your skills. But you can also use skill tests that demonstrate industry knowledge and set yourself apart from other candidates.
5. Create a Standout Resume
Writing your resume for remote jobs is different from writing your average resume. To stand out, it’s critical to highlight any remote work experience, even if it was in another field.
You can also add any volunteering experience that was remote. Note any positions or tasks you performed from your home office and add relevant skills you’ve acquired from working remotely to your cover letters, such as the ability to work independently, technology skills, and time management.
If you need more resume help than an article can provide, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. A professional resume review can help you create a compelling resume that stands out from the competition.
Remote work isn’t just for tech jobs. Many health care professionals can also find remote work. By following these tips, you can ditch the long commutes and get the flexibility you need while working in a role you love.
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