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Is it ever OK to cold-call walk in to a Nurse Manager’s office for a nursing job?

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Is it ever OK to cold-call walk in to a Nurse Manager’s office for a nursing job?

Question: Is it ever Ok to walk in to a Nurse Manager’s office, resume in hand, to apply for a nursing job?

You may have considered it, but you’re not sure if it’s such a wise move. Not to mention, it’s scary!

So is it bold and brassy but OK? Or risky and regrettable?

Answer: Yes. It is bold, brassy, risky and can be regrettable. Or wildly successful.

Is it Ok to walk in to apply for a job? Is this bold and brassy but Ok, or risky and regretful?

Is it Ok to walk in to apply for a job?

Like most risky moves, it could pay off big-time…or backfire big-time!

Is it ever OK to cold-call walk in to a Nurse Manager’s office for a nursing job? The Nurse Manager’s view

Some managers will see walking in to apply for a job as circumventing the process and be irritated. They may pointedly inform you to apply through HR like everyone else, and dismiss you while looking down at their desktop. That’s the risk.

But even managers who are irritated in the moment may inwardly admire your spunk. And when your resume comes across their desk through the usual channels, they’ll remember you.

Other managers will size you up when you walk in to apply for a job, and give you a moment. If so, be brief, respectful of their time, and thank them. Say that you are aware there is a position for which you qualify, and you wanted to drop your application off in person.

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They may be impressed enough with your initiative and  presence that they expedite your application process and hire you. That’s the benefit.

My thoughts about walk ins to apply for a job

My thoughts? As a previous manager, this happened to me a lot.

Most commonly, an employee of mine would bring someone (a friend, relative) in unannounced and I would have to deal with it graciously on the spot.

At times, yes, I did find it irritating that my busy day was interrupted. But…if it was a high-performing employee who I valued that was bringing in a friend, I tended to pay more attention, and extend myself more on their behalf. I absolutely did hire some great employees this way.

Walking in to apply for a job has a better chance of being effective when you have a connection with someone in the organization, but that’s not to say you can’t do it on your own.

If you are going to try this, aim for a Monday or Friday when meetings are predictably fewer and there’s a greater chance the nurse manager will be in their office.

At the very least, you can leave your resume, captivating cover letter, and contact information.

“Hello, I understand there’s an opening for new grad nurses. I wanted to drop off my resume in person and face to face.”

Difficult times call for bold moves.

note: another point is that in some organizations there can be a disconnect between HR and the targeted nurse manager. Somehow, someway, resumes get lost in a black hole. Hard to believe, I know.

What do you think? What do you have to lose? Would you  ever do this?


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Until next time friend,

Nurse Beth

Author, “Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job…and Your Next!

Come visit me at Ask Nurse Beth career column at for all kinds of  entertaining and informative career questions and answers, and to submit your own question :)



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Nice to meet you! I'm a Nursing Professional Development Specialist in acute care, a writer, speaker and career columnist.

2 Comments on Is it ever OK to cold-call walk in to a Nurse Manager’s office for a nursing job?

  1. It reminds me of ‘cold calling’ in sales. It works, but often fails, especially if one is unprepared to do an effective job of it. It pays to improve the odds by doing homework first about an employer, finding promising leads, networking, etc. It has been said, by a very successful expert in such endeavors, that social media is the new cold call. If you find a promising target and prepare well, you’ll have vastly improved your odds of success, and reduced the odds of alienating people.

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