When searching for a nursing job independently, it can be a challenge to identify the hiring manager at the facility you wish to work. At the same time it is important to address all correspondence, such as resumes and cover letters to a specific person. You will also want to follow-up with these individuals directly after about three or four days in an attempt to obtain an interview appointment.

The challenge in obtaining these names arises from the fact that this information is usually not provided with job postings. Due to the proliferation of Web-based job search, little information is provided aside from an email address or fax number. The company email address may, in fact, be hidden when an employer chooses to use an autonomous address, as with many Craiglsit.org ads. On those occasions when a name is provided it is usually that of the human resource contact. Should a job posting only provide an email address or fax number, typing both into the Google search bar may result in the name of the company from which you can resort to the steps mentioned below.

In spite of these seeming roadblocks, there remain a few strategies that job seekers can utilize that will uncover the names of hiring managers. In most cases, these strategies boil down to a bit of persistent sleuthing.

  • Call the company. The most direct strategy is to simply call the company and ask for the name of the hiring manger for your particular department or specialty. You do not have to necessarily mention that you are conducting a job search but could mention that you need some assistance with research.

In the majority of cases you will not be provided with the name of the hiring manger but that of a human resource contact who you may address your résumé and cover letter. Be politely persistent and try to get the name of a specific HR staff person with so that you can refer to it for future use.

  • Use your Network. Networking should be a significant part of every job search. Utilize professional networking sites such as LinkedIn.com to perform some research into your target facility (facilities) and its staff. Peruse the job listings and take note of who placed any ads of interest and contact these people. Other options include doing a search by professional organizations to learn the names of executives in target facilities and joining relevant groups and becoming an active participant. You can discuss your job search in these groups but don’t make it your only contribution.
  • Research Companies. Take some time to engage in research regarding your target facilities. You can do this by perusing facility Web sites or by conducting research at the public library.

Web sites may provide a listing of management staff from which you can determine the decision makers of your particular department. If the site does not provide such a list it will, at a minimum, provide information regarding its   services , departments, and contact information.