The Current Unemployment Rate and CNA Training – Finding In Niche Careers

cna trainingUnemployment Rates and CNA Training

So, you’ve chosen CNA training to get you out of that dead end job (or possibly the lack of career options) and now you’re facing even more difficult circumstances. The unemployment rate is still high, especially in your area, and you’re finding that open positions are hard to come by. Even worse, the jobs that are open are offering low wages. Before sinking down into a defeated attitude about your CNA training and wondering why you chose this path, you’ll want to read this article.

CNA training doesn’t have to end up being yet another mistake. Instead of looking for work in the employment ads and on medical staffing forums and job boards, why not try a niche approach?

Discovering Niche Positions With CNA Training

The best careers are always found in a niche market. The mentality is simply this: The more focused you are on one specialty in your career path, the more you will be qualified for higher paying positions. While everyone else is trying to be mainstream (or simply looking for any job opening they qualify for) you can take the time to assess not only your CNA training skills, but the other life experiences and skills you currently have which may qualify you for a better position. Here’s some questions to ask yourself:

Key Questions When Choosing a Niche Career After CNA Training

Before you enrolled for CNA training, what type of employment did you have? If this is your first career path, you can still ask yourself this question, just rephrase it: What was your passion? Here are some thought provokers:

  • Do you have a love of cooking or were you previously employed in the food industry?
  • Do you have an entrepreneur spirit or have you ever worked for yourself?
  • Do you have a sales background?
  • Have you ever worked as a maid, a maintenance person, handyman or cleaned homes?
  • Have you ever worked with children or a special populations group?
  • What types of places have you volunteered? Have you worked with the Red Cross, Big Brother / Big Sister, or with the Youth Group of your church?

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you may be able to think of a niche career where only you would fit. Going through a mental exercise such as asking yourself the above questions serves two purposes. It establishes in your mind what your other interests may be and also helps you to determine or discover additional qualifications which would set you above the rest of the applicants for a particular position.

Now What?

Armed with the information and additional clarity you have after taking a look at your additional skills, take a look at what you have to offer others in addition to your CNA training. If you’ve worked in the food service industry or as a maid, you may want to search specifically for a job as a home health aide after CNA training. Use the other skills you have to capitalize on the fact that you are well rounded and have more to offer than the other applicants. If you’ve worked with your church youth group or with Big Brother, you may want to use that to secure a position with a Children’s Hospital or pediatric department after CNA training.

Bottom line? Don’t stop with just your CNA training. Take a look at your other skills and put together a winning resume that will prove to employers that you have CNA training plus so much more to offer.

Good luck in your job search and be sure to let us know what skill set you used to secure a position after CNA training!

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