Thinking about a CNA training class? You’ll also need to consider possible employment opportunities. The job market for almost anyone in the health care field is becoming saturated. Although job security and room for advancement is high, getting your foot in the door and securing a job as a certified nursing assistant can sometimes seem impossible. If you are just beginning your research and deciding where you will take your certified nursing assistant training, here are three unique idea that just might seal the deal when it comes to finding employment after your CNA training is complete.
1. Choose to Train With a Program That Guarantees Job Placement
Sometimes the tuition is a bit higher at these CNA training facilities, but the extra cost will be well worth it in the end when you are guaranteed job placement. Many adult education centers and medical training facilities use the “guaranteed job placement” perk as bait to generate more interest in their program. Often the “guaranteed job placement” is for a medical facility that has trouble finding employees. This may be due to the location, lower than average pay, unattractive hours, or some other reason. Don’t look at this as a bad thing. After you have completed your CNA training course you’ll have a job. That can be step one. While you are working at this first facility, getting a bit of experience under your belt, you can work on your resume and job hunting. Since you already have employment, even if it isn’t ideal, you’ll be able to relax and take a bit of time looking for your next job. Or, you may be surprised and actually enjoy the facility you are placed in. Either way, it’s a win-win situation.
2. Use a Temporary Agency to Your Advantage
Temporary agencies can provide an excellent way to “get your feet wet” in the health care industry while you are searching for the medical facility that is the perfect match for you. A temp agency can provide you with employment right after your CNA training is complete. A wise move might be to go ahead and apply with a couple of temporary agencies even before you have completed your CNA training course. That way, as soon as you receive your nursing assistant certification, you can contact the temp agency and let them know you are ready for employment. You’ll already have all the preliminary paperwork completed, so you’ll be ahead of the game. Temporary agencies can provide you with true temporary CNA work lasting anywhere from a few days to several weeks or months. Temporary positions can also lead to full time, permanent work if both you and the employer agree. Check your local area for temporary agencies as well as medical temp services.
3. Look for CNA Training from Your Local General Hospital
If your desire is to work for the local hospital in your area, check to see if they offer a CNA training class. If so, you may be one step closer to employment there. Getting your foot in the door at the facility you’d like to work for may not guarantee employment, but it can provide you with some possible inside information. Get to know the staff and ask questions about employment opportunities. If you make some friends with hospital staff members or develop a rapport with a couple of charge nurse’s, you may find yourself to be the first one they call when an opening becomes available.
Now you are aware of three unique ways to find employment after you complete your CNA training class and you’re on your way to success!