How Your Smartphone Can Help Your Travel Nursing Career
By Melissa Wirkus Hagstrom, contributor
The days of simply applying for a job and hoping to hear back are long gone. Today’s successful jobseekers are proactive, diligent and ready to jump on an opportunity as soon as it opens up. Mobile-enabled websites, text alerts and applications are making the job hunt that much easier--especially for RNs.
A 2016 Job Seeker Nation Report by Jobvite found that approximately one third of jobseekers expect to be able to apply for a job from their mobile device, yet few sites offer that capability in the health care field. TravelNursing.com is one of the first in the industry to provide nurses with a quick and easy way to apply for a job directly from their mobile device. The newly-enhanced Travelnursing.com website boasts a variety of features including a fresh, easy-to-navigate mobile interface, with the mobile apply option, job alerts and other tools to help manage your travel nurse career.
“A jobseeking-nurse really only needs to come to Travelnursing.com to get access to travel nurse jobs, versus going to many different sites. It has a lot of valuable content, news and information that is relevant to nurses,” explained Carol Johnson, vice president of digital marketing and operations at AMN Healthcare, which operates TravelNursing.com.
TravelNursing.com’s mobile site recently added a News section that includes practical travel nursing tips and career features that help nurses keep up on the field, wherever their travels take them. But the most groundbreaking feature is the mobile-enabled travel nursing application.
“There aren’t many organizations that currently have a mobile apply option--across any industry--let alone health care,” Johnson explained. “This is the first we’ve seen where you can submit one application from your mobile device and apply to several leading nurse staffing agencies at the same time.”
What’s more, the travel nursing mobile apply process takes less than 10 minutes to complete, compared to a long and laborious process that job seekers often find on other sites. “We took a fresh look at our apply process and improved the experience and focused on those critical questions, enabled the ability to parse in social profiles and we will continue to learn and optimize based on our customer needs,” she said.
Top search-engine ranked, Travelnursing.com has become the industry’s “one-stop shop” for travel nurse jobs and information, and a pioneer in the mobile apply space. In their 2016 Top HR Stats report, Glassdoor.com found that a whopping 90 percent of Fortune 500 career sites do not support a mobile apply option. By partnering with the best travel nurse staffing agencies and health systems in the country, employers from all over the United States can post jobs on the Travelnusing.com site. Nurses who search for travel nurse jobs on the regular or mobile-enhanced website can be assured that they have the widest variety of opportunities available.
“Our ‘On the Fly, Mobile Apply’ opportunity shows registered nurses that they can search and apply for travel nursing jobs while on the go,” Johnson said. “Nurses can actually take pictures of their license and other certifications right from their phone and upload them to the application. This gives them that extra foot in the door and enables them to be travel-ready that much sooner, which helps applicants stand out from the competition.”
Additional mobile resources for travel nurses
As smartphones and tablets continue to grow in popularity, today’s mobile career tools will continue to grow, as well. Consider these other tools to help your career management/job searching:
JibberJobber is a new tool that can help you organize and manage your career by tracking the jobs you have applied to, your networking contacts and other career management information.
Travelnursing.com partnered with sister site, NursingJobs.com, on a NurseJobs iPhone app, which allows nurses to easily find travel nurse jobs from multiple agencies, along with permanent and per diem/local jobs, all from one application. You can find the NurseJobs app by visiting NursingJobs.com.
Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are a way to connect with companies for jobs. In fact, visitors to Travelnursing.com can use their Facebook or LinkedIn profile to sign up for an account on the site.
According to research from TechCrunch, 40 percent of jobs viewed on LinkedIn are seen from mobile devices, and leveraging LinkedIn and Facebook to your advantage just takes a couple of tweaks and add-ons. You can set up job alerts on Facebook, Twitter, Google and LinkedIn, for example. LinkedIn also offers a résumé-building tool that can help you craft the perfect CV.
Travel nurse jobs, however, are more likely found on a national, nursing-specific career site.
“Mobile-enabled websites like Travelnursing.com are critical right now because technology is really enabling today’s career search,” Johnson concluded. “Our one-click application is a quick and easy way for nurses to get connected to a wide range of jobs offered by a variety of different employers.”
Adventure awaits! Get connected with more travel nurse jobs in more locations. Apply today! Or apply with your smartphone on TravelNursing.com’s mobile-enabled website.
Updated October 31, 2016
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