How to Land A Job After CNA Training

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It’s no secret; everyone wants to be able to find the best job possible after CNA training. In fact, many of us spend hours after we graduate from CNA training scouring through help wanted ads online and the classifieds. What many of us don’t know is that many of the jobs we qualify for after CNA training aren’t advertised at all. You aren’t going to find them on a job board or in a newspaper. They aren’t promoted.

What does this mean? For starters it opens up a world of possibilities. If positions after CNA training aren’t advertised, it means you have the potential to find a position you want, at the medical facility you want, simply by applying.

CNA Training: Finding My Place

To help you understand exactly how easy it is to find a job after CNA training, even when the position isn’t advertised, I’m going to let you in on the story behind how I entered CNA training and found my first job.

Eight years ago, I decided to make a move from Indiana to Arkansas. Back then, I had no idea what a CNA was, but in Indiana I had worked at few group homes, caring for mentally challenged individuals of all ages. At the group home, my official title was PSA, or personal service assistant. I had no formal training, but the group home itself offered me several weeks of training before I began working, along with supervised in-home training and continued monthly training. I loved my work, so when I moved to Arkansas, I was hoping to find a similar position.

The problem was, I had no idea where to begin. So, when I passed a nursing home one day I decided to stop in and ask if they had positions for PSAs. I talked to the business manager briefly, who had no idea what a PSA was. When I described what I had done in Indiana, she had me fill out an application and took me to see another woman, who I would later discover was the DON of the nursing home.

The DON asked me several questions about what I wanted to do, my past, and explained to me what CNA training and being a CNA was all about. I listened, expressed my interest, and she let me know they would be in touch soon. I walked out of the building and drove the twenty minutes home wondering if life as a CNA would be as rewarding as my job working in the group home.

Ten minutes after I pulled in the driveway, the DON was calling me. She had checked my references as soon as I had left her office, and was ready to not only offer me a job, but was offering to pay for my CNA training and provide me with part-time work in the kitchen until I was able to graduate and earn my certification.

Finding Your Place After CNA Training

Some might call it luck, but for me, it was a sign. I might not have found the position via a newspaper or online advertisement, but it was available, just waiting for me to walk in and take it. It can be that way for you as well. You don’t have to wait for a desired position to be advertised. You can take action and ensure you receive the job you want after CNA training. Not sure where to start? Here are a few secrets you can use to land the best job.

  • Create Powerful Connections- It’s all about who you know. In other words, make sure you’re networking, building and maintaining relationships with individuals who can help you (and vice versa) with connections and resources after CNA training.
  • Verify Your References- It took thirty minutes for my DON to check my references and become convinced that I would be a fantastic CNA, worth her time and effort to put through CNA training. Why? Because even though I hadn’t planned to stop at the nursing home, when I filled out the application I knew I had the correct phone numbers for each of my references and that they would be available and willing to take the call. In a day and age of caller ID screening, this is essential.
  • Take a Chance- Don’t just rely on the classified to tell you what jobs are available after CNA training. Take a chance and apply where you want. Remember, some companies don’t always advertise unless they are in desperate need. They would rather hire individuals who are actively seeking employment.

Are you looking for a job? Take action now and find the job of your dreams, even if it isn’t advertised. With the right attitude and a bit of luck, you too can find the position you want after CNA training.

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