PNP Networking

Successful Networking for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

If you are in a position to let people know you are searching for a new opportunity or if you are a new grad, you can cast a wider net to the people you are connected with in your network.  People want to help you; you may be pleasantly surprised by their positive and helpful responses. Personal contacts are an effective source of job leads; every time you add a job you are interested in to your list, add a list of your potential contacts. If you are working with a recruiter, do not duplicate efforts by sending your resume to your network yourself.  If a hospital receives your resume from two sources, it does not reflect well on your application.

Formal networking works too – try attending a local NAPNAP chapter meeting or attend the annual NAPNAP conference or an event to help you learn about new jobs and work environments, as well as build your network and provide opportunities for professional development.  Ongoing career and professional development is the best way to be ready to make a move when the time comes.

Consider the following potential networking resources:

Professional Contacts

  • Past and present employers and supervisors
  • Coworkers
  • NAPNAP and NAPNAP Chapter members
  • Members of other professional associations or committees
  • Alumni relations and faculty

Although your ultimate goal is to find a job, use your networking opportunities to gain background information first. Learn more about the person you are speaking with; whom do they know, where do they work, what committees are they on or organizations are they involved with? What is the culture like where they work? Do they know of any opportunities or do they have any ideas for you to help you reach your goals? Try to leave each meeting with either a contact for a job possibility, a lead for someone else to talk with, or a promise of a follow-up call.

Your networking approach should fit your personal style. If you find networking uncomfortable and don’t like asking for help, follow these suggestions:

  • Start with the people you know best.  Success builds confidence in approaching others.
  • Write down and then practice what you will say to your network contacts.
  • Work with a recruiter.  They do not charge you a fee and will help you create your road map, review your resume, pair you with jobs you are interested in, set up your interviews, coach you how to prepare for interviews, and follow up with you after interviews. This site is sponsored by Melnic Consulting Group. Melnic is one firm that provides these services for those looking for NP Jobs and PNP Jobs.