How To Land Your Dream Job As Certified Nursing Midwife

You’re a certified nursing midwife (CNM). You’re passionate about your work and want to continue growing in it. But how do you land the job of your dreams? The first step is knowing what that job is by asking yourself some key questions: 

What am I looking for? Who will be my boss and coworkers? Where do I want to live? To get answers to these questions, think about what motivates you as an individual and then take time to research the industry so that you have a clear idea of what’s available.

Be Confident

There are a lot of things to be confident about when you’re looking for a job as a certified nursing midwife:

Your ability to do the job. You need to be confident that you can do what is required on the job, no matter how challenging it may seem at first. The more skilled and knowledgeable you are, the more likely it is that someone will want to hire you as their next CNM.

Your knowledge base. Being confident in your knowledge base means being able to speak confidently about each aspect of your field of practice.

So that others know that they don’t have any unanswered questions about what it is that you do or how exactly how far back those skills go (a skillful nurse-midwife should have at least 18 years of experience under her belt). 

This includes being able to answer questions ranging from basic facts like “What’s normal?” all the way up through complex concepts such as “How does drug therapy work?”

Your abilities and personality traits as they relate directly towards this career path (e.g., if someone asks whether or not they would enjoy taking care of newborns all day long). 

Asking yourself these types questions will help ensure confidence levels stay high while also allowing potential employers get an idea where along those lines fall within their own companies criteria before ever even stepping foot inside one another’s offices!

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. This is a good practice for any job, but it’s especially important when you’re learning about a new field or looking for a new position. 

Don’t be afraid to ask questions of your boss and colleagues, as well as patients and family members who might know more than you do. 

At first these questions may feel uncomfortable you might worry that they’ll make you look stupid or uninformed but in the long run they’ll help establish trust with others and show them that you’re committed to making the most out of the position offered.

Be Open To New Opportunities

You never know when the next opportunity will come up, so be prepared to jump on it. If a position pops up that you’re interested in and your dream job is not available yet, go for it! Don’t be afraid to change your mind if something new comes along or feels right at the moment.

Being open to new experiences allows you to learn from others and gain valuable insights into yourself as well as others. It could also mean taking an internship or job offer that’s not necessarily on your radar but sounds like an exciting challenge in itself. 

Being open-minded about what might lie ahead for you can lead to some amazing experiences and maybe even a few surprises along the way!

When considering which opportunities are right for you, remember that saying no isn’t always about shutting down something completely; sometimes saying yes means letting go of something else so it can work out better somewhere else (or just leave room in life). 

Staying open-minded also means recognizing when things aren’t working out so they can be addressed accordingly before they become too serious or negative consequences arise because of them (which usually leads down ugly roads).

Make Sure You Can Do The Job

The first step to landing your dream job as a certified nursing midwife is to make sure you can do the job.

To start, make sure that you have the right skills, training and experience for this role. Do you have an undergraduate degree in nursing or midwifery? Are you ready to get licensed in one state, or are there multiple states where you need certification? 

Does your employer require certifications that aren’t offered through traditional education programs (like NARM certification)?

Also take into account any education requirements for hospitals or other employers who want their staff certified by a particular organization (such as ACNM). 

And if it’s possible for someone else in your workplace to provide backup coverage during maternity leave or personal illness and/or if there’s no room for advancement then think twice about taking this role!

Finally, consider whether all of these prerequisites align with what employers are looking for when they advertise job openings online:

Stay Organized

You might not know how to stay organized, especially if you haven’t had a lot of practice. But it’s really simple: Make a list of all the things you have to do and do them in order. 

You can also use calendars and planners to keep track of your responsibilities, but listing what needs to be done is the most important part. 

If there are certain things that are due at certain times, be sure not only to remember them yourself but also remind others when necessary! 

And if something changes, make sure that everyone knows about it otherwise, people will wonder where their project went and then get mad at you when it doesn’t show up on time! 

It’s better just being upfront about “Oh yeah sorry forgot about this thing” than having someone else find out later because then they’ll have questions about why they didn’t hear from anyone earlier.”

Avoid Gossip

This is probably the most important piece of advice I have to offer, and it’s not just because gossiping is the most annoying habit ever. It’s also potentially dangerous: you never know who you might be talking to when you talk about someone else behind their back. 

You could be talking to someone that person knows or that person’s boss. Even if they don’t care, they will likely remember what they heard and tell the person being talked about and then it can get messy very quickly! 

If a coworker asks me my opinion on something, I’ve learned not to say anything unless I would say it directly to them if we were face-to-face.

Develop Your Own Professional Style

  • Develop your own professional style.
  • Be yourself and be authentic. You can’t be a phony in this line of work, because other people will see right through you. 

If you want to succeed as a CNM, it’s important to be confident in who you are and what you stand for and that means being true to yourself. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t things about yourself that you’ll want to change over time (we all do). 

But if they’re not things that matter deeply enough for someone like me or my family members or friends [specific examples].

Be open-minded about new opportunities. The world of health care is changing rapidly, which means there will always be something new and exciting coming along just around the corner whether it’s some kind of medical device or treatment method no one has even heard about yet! 

The best way to make sure these opportunities don’t pass us by is always to keep an open mind about what may come next; then when something does come up we haven’t seen it.

Before we’ll know exactly how much potential it has because we’ve given ourselves plenty of time thinking about what could happen if we did pursue those options instead.”

Be Authentic And Yourself

Being a CNM is a very personal calling. You have to be ready to listen, learn and help other people in the process. The most important thing you can do is be yourself! Being an individual is critical because it helps you stand out from your peers. 

Don’t try to mimic other CNMs or other people in the field because it won’t work for you or anyone else that way! Here are some tips on how to be authentic:

  • Be honest with yourself and others
  • Be a good communicator
  • Be a good listener
  • Be a good teacher/learner (yes, I said both)
  • Be a good colleague/friend

Being authentic also includes being open-minded about everything as well as having strong communication skills. 

It’s important that you listen closely when someone needs advice from someone who has been there before them so they don’t make mistakes along the way which cost time & money later on down the road due too not knowing what needed done properly beforehand.

Show That You Are A Team Player And Can Get Along With Others

Remember that working with other people is an important part of being a C-NM. You will be required to work as part of a team and collaborate with other health care providers. 

It’s important that you show that you can get along with others and work well as part of a team. Usually, this means showing how you were able to accomplish tasks when working in groups or teams, such as school projects or extracurricular activities.

Showcase your communication skills by highlighting examples where you helped resolve problems within your group or community by communicating effectively and listening carefully to each person’s perspective before making recommendations for action steps. 

Discussing these situations in an interview will help demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively under pressure while also showing how much respect you have for the opinions of others

Learn From Your Colleagues And Encourage Them To Share Their Knowledge With You

  • Learn from your colleagues.
  • Share your knowledge with them, and encourage them to share theirs with you.
  • Be open to learning new things, even if it means admitting that you don’t know everything about the field of midwifery.
  • Be a good listener, communicator and team player. You may have a lot of experience under your belt already but remember that everyone has something to offer!

Follow These Steps To Get The Job You Want

  • Be confident. You have the skills to do this job, so don’t be afraid to ask questions and share your knowledge with others.
  • Be open to new opportunities. There’s nothing wrong with changing jobs or careers—just make sure it’s what you want!
  • Make sure you can do the job before applying for it. Do research on the role beforehand, and know what is required of you in order to ensure success on day one (and beyond).
  • Stay organized throughout your search process by creating a resource library filled with resumes, cover letters, references and more that are specific to each position you apply for; 

This way if an opportunity arises unexpectedly it will be easy enough just grab whatever materials were already prepared instead of scrambling around trying figure out which ones might apply best under those circumstances


If you’re ready to start your journey as a CNM, it may seem like a daunting task. However, with these tips and tricks in mind, you can be sure that your experience will go as smoothly and successfully as possible. 

You will also find that these tips are useful for any job search not just for CNMs! 

The more confident and prepared you are when going into an interview or meeting with potential employers, the better off you’ll be when making your pitch about why they should hire you over all the other qualified candidates out there vying for those positions too