Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Keeping a Portfolio Approach to your Temporary Nursing Jobs

Working for a healthcare staffing agency could put you in any number of jobs throughout the years, and in any number of places. As you further your career in temporary nursing positions, remember to keep track of your professional portfolio. It might seem like a lot of work, but having a professional record of where you’ve worked, lived, who you’ve met, and what courses/workshops you’ve taken, can come in very handy.

Once you get in the portfolio mindset, you’ll realize that it’s really all about having a compilation of your professional life at your fingertips. Being able to sum up your career in a concise, articulate manner might come in handy when you’re on an interview for the job of your dreams. To keep track of your career, use these tips:

1) Whenever you start a new temporary nursing staff assignment, grab a shoe box and add to it throughout your assignment. This might include certificates from any training you take, letters from your employer, paystubs, etc.

2) At the end of your assignment, use whatever notes and documents you have to come up with a narrative about your experiences during this assignment. Nobody else has to read it. This is just to solidify your own strengths, weaknesses, and future goals. Having it on paper makes it more real.

3) Keep a binder or some other method of filing your narratives. Make sure to file away any receipts, pay stubs, etc., for income tax purposes.

The idea is to keep track of where you’re going, where you’ve been, and what you might like to accomplish in the future.

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