Not all CNA training classes are the same. Some guarantee job placement to students who’ve successfully completed the required course and received certification. Unfortunately not every CNA training class offers job placement. Generally, the more expensive courses are the ones that can guarantee job placement. They generally use the “guaranteed job placement” as a marketing tool to bring in more CNA training students. There are pros and cons to the courses which offer job placement. First of all, job placement doesn’t necessarily mean there will be choices or options. All “guaranteed job placement” means is there will be at least one hiring facility after graduation. That one facility may or may not be attractive to you and it may not pay much more than minimum wage. With that in mind, if you did not enroll in a CNA training course with guaranteed job placement and are finding yourself feeling overwhelmed about finding your first job as an official certified nursing assistant, you’ve come to the right place. The following information will provide you with a blueprint for employment success!
After CNA Training – Your Employment Blueprint
First things first…When you’re stressed or feeling overwhelmed about your job search, it’s going to show. You’ll have a hard time finding employment when you’re projecting the vibe of desperation. So, first of all, get your mind straight. You have the CNA training and certification you need, you know the material, and you are a highly employable professional. Believe that. This is truly the first step to your success. If you don’t believe that you can find employment or if you allow stress to overwhelm you, it’s going to be an uphill battle.
Okay, now that you’ve got the brain part under control, here are the rest of your tips.
After CNA Training – Your Employment Success
- Update your resume with your current CNA training. Yes, you should include your prior employment, even if it was a two year stint at the local bookstore. Your future employer is looking for more than just your newly acquired credentials. He or she is also looking for your diligence, dedication, and level of commitment. If you’ve held any job for at least a year, this displays that level of commitment, regardless of who the employer was. Never be ashamed of where you came from or where you worked before you enrolled in CNA training. It’s all part of who you are.
- Actively search for work in person. With the age of technology and the ease of uploading your resume on places such as Yahoo Jobs or Monster.com, we can get pretty lazy. You will increase the likelihood of finding employment after CNA training if you get dressed, have resume in hand, and hit at least 3 places per day (in person). Even if you are rejected or the hiring personnel isn’t available to you, the very act of getting out there and searching for work speaks volumes about your determination.
- Be memorable. Your CNA training records and certification are necessary, but keep in mind that these are just a small technicality in the hiring process. You’re going to have to present yourself in a very personable, engaging manner. After all, they are hiring a real person, not a certification. With this in mind, take a deep breath, relax and show them you are the one for the job. I’ve always said, “If I can just get in front of the hiring manager, I WILL GET THE JOB,” and I always did. You need to have the same attitude. Attitude is everything!
This may have sounded like some unconventional advice, but you probably needed it! Don’t rely on your CNA training alone to find employment. Get out there and make it happen!
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