Make the Most Out of AWHONN's Virtual Jobseeker Fair

Published on: Sep 11, 2023

Are you attending AWHONN’s Virtual Jobseeker Fair on September 20? We have prepared essential tips to help you make a lasting first impression and increase your chances of getting hired.

Here are steps to help you get ready:

1. Update Your Resume

Review and update your resume to include your most recent qualifications, certifications, and experiences. If you have taken any continuing education courses from AWHONN, list them as well. AWHONN is the recognized leader in obstetric education and provides evidence-based education for nurses.

2. Research Employers

Find out which health care organizations will be attending the virtual job fair. Learn about their values, mission, and job openings that match your skills and interests.

3. Practice Your Elevator Pitch

Prepare a brief, compelling elevator pitch that introduces yourself, your qualifications, and your career goals. Share your experience in labor and delivery, postpartum care, neonatal care, or women’s health. Practice delivering it confidently and concisely.

4. Share your Values

Stress your commitment to providing compassionate, respectful care to expectant patients, newborns, and their families.

5. Teamwork and Collaboration

Nurses often work closely with obstetricians, midwives, neonatologists, and other health care professionals. Discuss your ability to collaborate effectively within a health care team.

6. Update Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is often the first an employer will go to learn more about you. Ensure that your LinkedIn profile is complete and up-to-date. Connect with professionals in your field and join relevant nursing groups.

7. Test Your Equipment

Ensure that your computer, internet connection, and any necessary software are in good working order. Test your camera, microphone, and speakers to ensure clear communication during virtual interviews.

8. Prepare Interview Q&A

Anticipate common interview questions and prepare thoughtful, concise answers that highlight your skills and experience. Be ready to discuss your strengths and weaknesses with real-world scenarios.

9. Practice Virtual Etiquette

Practice good virtual etiquette, including maintaining eye contact, speaking clearly, dressing professionally, and being punctual for virtual interviews.

10. Follow Up

After the virtual job fair, follow up with potential employers by sending personalized thank-you emails. Be sure to express your continued interest and gratitude for their time.

Bonus tip: Stay Organized: Keep track of the organizations you've spoken with, their contact information, and any follow-up actions needed.

Virtual job fairs can be a great opportunity to connect with potential employers, so being well-prepared is crucial to make a positive impression and advance in your nursing career. Also, you want to be prepared for technical issues, have a plan in case of technical difficulties, such as a backup device, or be ready to contact the employer immediately to reschedule.