The qualities required to bag a nursing home job are empathy, concern - the wish to know and understand what suffering the patient is going through and take measures to alleviate the suffering, diligence, punctuality, patience, selflessness and the ability to provide loving care.
It is not difficult to find hospitals but nursing homes are a little hard to locate.
You need to find out the names of all the nursing homes in your city.
These can easily be found on the internet.
Start searching for nursing homes in your city or locality by entering the keyword, "nursing homes in ______" and fill in the name of your city or locality in the blank space.
Once the results pop up, check out the websites of the nursing home.
Usually there should be a link on the home page such as "Careers" or "Job Openings" containing information on the vacancies that need to be filled.
See if any of them are suitable for you.
Even if no openings seem to be available, it does not harm to telephone the establishment and inquire about job openings.
During such calls, be polite and make your questions as brief as possible.
Tell them your qualifications as briefly as possible, mention your interest in a nursing assistant job and ask if they are willing to accept job applications.
Now the next step is to make a resume, mentioning your career aim, educational qualifications, extracurricular courses and activities, working experience, if any as well as your name and contact information.
Be careful not to brag or be too humble.
Brevity is the key, so that important information is not lost in the jumble of words.
Next, mail your resume to various nursing facilities.
It doesn't matter if they are offering jobs or not.
Take your chance and try your luck as a seat may eventually be vacated.
Be proactive and confident.
If possible, do visit the nursing homes before applying in order to get a firsthand experience of the environment and assess whether you would be comfortable in that particular workplace or not.
Do not make the mistake of sitting idle after submitting your resume.
If you do not get any response after four months, get in touch with the home, inquire about the job status and ask if they would like you to send in a new resume.