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Adrian recently graduated from his certified nurse aide (CNA) training program.  He enjoyed his classes and is looking forward to getting his first job but knows that before he can get a job, he needs to pass the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program Examination. Adrian has already registered for this test, and he has taken a practice exam. After he passes the test, his name will be added to the Minnesota Nurse Aide Registry, a list of names of people who have met the requirements to work as CNAs in the state of MN.

Adrian has talked with his instructors, and he knows that it is important to have a plan when beginning a new job search. He has been asking himself some important questions so that he can determine what type of job would be the best fit for his schedule and interests. Adrian has thought about what type of health care setting he would like to work in. He can sometimes get bored easily, so Adrian is thinking about working in a hospital setting where the patients and needs would vary daily. In a hospital, Adrian would get a chance to care for lots of different types of patients, and he would be part of a care team. He likes the idea of having supervisors and co-workers nearby in case he has any questions.

Adrian has also been thinking about his ideal schedule that would allow him to work in the afternoons and evenings. He has children who he helps to get ready for school in the morning, and he might also want to continue taking some classes after he starts working. He thinks that a hospital would have a variety of shifts to choose from. Adrian also wants to be able to take the bus to work, and he knows that the large hospital about 3 miles from his house is on several bus routes.

Since Adrian is starting to think about the type of job that might be right for him now, he will be ready later when the right opportunity comes along.

Planning for a Successful Job Search

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Project made financially possible through grants from:

Southwest Initiative Foundation, Marshall Community Foundation, Southwest Regional Transition Partners, Southwest Adult Basic Education, Marshall Healthcare Partners