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Tuesday November 19, 2013
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Dear Donna,

I signed a two-year contract at my job. My contract is up in four months, and I plan on moving to a new state. When should I start applying for jobs? I don't want to seem unavailable to prospective employers, but I also don't want to be scrambling for a job at
the end.

Plans to Move

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Plans to Move,

Now is the time to start making preliminary contacts and inquiries. Contact the state chapter of a related professional association such as the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (www.amsn.org) or any other specialty. Contact the officers, who usually are listed on the chapter website and ask for recommendations about the best places to work.

Connect with some recruiters from your soon-to-be new state on LinkedIn and ask them the best timeframe to apply to their facilities. Call some nursing agencies in your new state, too, and ask the same thing. Every employer is different and has different needs and requirements.

Start making contacts, building relationships and gathering information. As the time gets closer, you'll have a head start and be able to hit the ground running. Also, read “Get ready to relocate” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Relocate).

Best wishes,


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://www. Nurse.com/Events.