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The nursing job offer – what next?

Posted by: Lynn Sedgwick

You have a selection of fantastic job offers on the table, all you have to do is choose the one that suits you. After your hard work drafting your CV, making applications and interviewing, it’s a weight off your shoulders. Imagine how disappointing it would feel to have only one average offer – or none at all!

Tailoring your CV to each application, applying for more than one job, and being clear about what the ‘best’ job offer looks like to you will land you in the fortunate position of multiple offers. So how do you get there and what comes next? This guide has the insight you need. 

Communicate with your nursing recruiter

A specialist who is familiar with the intricacies of the nursing profession will be your greatest ally throughout the recruitment process. But in order for them to help you, you need to help them. That means making sure your CV is up to date and tailored for each position you apply for. Be honest with your recruiter about what you want to achieve – personally and professionally. What will you compromise on and what’s a no-go? Relaying this information will give you the chance of receiving the very best offer for you.

Giving your notice and handling your ex-employer

Some mutual respect and diplomacy on your part should avoid a tricky situation. These tips will help you manage the process:

  • Be respectful when giving your notice. Have a face to face conversation with your direct manager and follow up in writing. Avoid the temptation to talk down the negative aspects of the job and always give at least your minimum contractual notice – the Royal College of Nursing has guidelines on notice periods
  • Help prepare for your departure by doing a thorough hand over. This is especially important if you are in a managerial position or if any systems or processes fall under your responsibility. It will make the transition smoother for your employer and shows you to be the professional you are.
  • Keep on being a team player. Your patients, colleagues and management will need all of your skills, focus and attention right up until you clock off at the end of your final shift. Don’t let colleagues pick up your slack, keep supporting them as you usually would.  

Remember, it’s a smaller world than you think and you don’t want any unsavoury news reach your new employer’s ears. 

Counter offers: what to do if you receive one

Changing jobs is a stressful process and giving your notice can be nerve-wracking. Receiving a counter offer from your employer once you have resigned can add to the stress and make you feel pressured to make a rushed decision. 

In a world of skills shortages, employers sometimes try to hold onto talent, rather than replace it. Of course, money in the NHS is tight, with public sector workers set to receive their first pay rise in nearly a decade. Therefore, it’s unlikely that any counter offer would see the large figures bandied around in other professions. So, is a counter offer the answer to your prayers?

Only you can answer that. Think long and hard before accepting a counter offer. Will this counter offer help you achieve your personal or professional goals? Will it remove the doubts you had about your future with your employer? If your answers to these questions are not hard and fast ‘Yeses’, it may be better to politely decline. 

Preparing for your next challenge

Arriving at your new job rested, positive and ready is vital to getting the next stage of your career off to the best start. Whether you have a holiday between roles or just a weekend, it’s important that you allow yourself time to mentally check out of your old job.

Spend some time thinking through your achievements and skills and remind yourself how they fit with the job description. This will boost your confidence and help put any nerves at ease. Do the practical things like ironing your clothes and planning your route to work the night before. This will take the stress out of your first morning. Arriving with a positive, can-do attitude will make all the difference to your first day and beyond. 

The best job offer is the one that’s best for you

Landing the best job offer possible is about landing a job offer that best meets your needs. Does it provide the salary you’ve asked for? Does it allow you to work three days a week? Will it move you closer to a professional goal? You are in the best position to answer those questions and find the right path for you. A specialist nursing recruiter can be your guide to getting you there.

So, if you’re struggling to get the offers you want, why not download our latest guide or give us a call on 01772 259 121 - we’d be happy to help. 

And if you’re still at interview stage, why not have a look at our interview checklist for some top tips? You can also register your CV with us online. 

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