Along with your cover letter and résumé include a business card. This offers something small the person can hold onto. I had one place that I sent a letter to 5 times over ~6 months. Turns out the program director really wanted me, but kept forgetting to call. She kept my business cards on her desk and, when she finally called, thanked me for continuing to send my card.
Which brings us to the most important point:
If you don't hear from anyone or can't make contact just send your information again. Try different people or departments. If there are multiple units or levels of care than send multiple sets of information. Do not assume people will share your info or talk to one another. Assume that it will take several tries to find the right person and that every 6 months to a year staffing could change, so you should send your marketing information again to places that turned you down before.
Persistance will pay off.
Where do you find places?
Just a reminder that you will have to create most of your own positions because many people do not know how much they can benefit from hiring you as a contractor. With that in mind, you can send your information anywhere. It doesn't matter if there is a job advertised or not. I like to go on google maps and focus on the area around where I live. Then I just type in key words that apply to populations I work with
Adult day care
Nursing and rehab
It can be anything and once started the headers or categories that pop up might give you more words you hadn't thought of. Than you just copy and paste the addresses plus any contact names you find. If a place has a website, go to it and do more research.
I suggest sending info to 30-50 people and facilities at a time. Think of it as letting them know you exist so they can hire you.
PS after a week or two you can follow up with phone calls. Be open and prepared to set up a meeting or group.
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