"recent experience required"

  1. I have been searching for employment for the past 6 months, and have yet to receive a call back. I have over 20 years of NICU experience, but have been away from the NICU bedside for 10 years. Even though I have been working in outpatient settings for over 2 years, I can't get my foot in the door in any of the NICU's in the Phoenix area because I don't have "recent experience". Can anyone enlighten me as to how I can get "recent experience" if no one will hire me? Uuuurrrrgggghhhh! Every job description I see has "recent experience" as a requirement. I don't understand how robbing Peter to pay Paul is helping the jobless rate!
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    About luvazsun

    Joined: Mar '08; Posts: 66; Likes: 51
    Specialty: 23 year(s) of experience in Neonatal ICU


  3. by   Hoozdo
    It really is a tough world out there even for experienced nurses.

    Last week I went to a job interview for PACU. 750 nurses had applied for the job!
    Only 5 were chosen to interview. I was among the 5, but did not get the job.

    For every interview I go to at least 5 other candidates are interviewing. At least I am
    getting interviews.

    I have to LOL when people talk about "entering another recession." At least in Phoenix,
    the job market has not recovered since 2008 and shows no signs toward improvement.
    We never saw an end to the recession.

    I long for the "good ole days" when nurses WERE in demand.
  4. by   boru
    You were picked in the top 5 out of 750?! Wow, that's amazing! It's like loosing the superbowl (only their odds were better LOL)... but how impressive it was you got a look!

    I feel you, my friend... jobwise I don't think the recession ever left PHX. I was glad I was in RN school when it first hit... but as the semesters past the hiring stories got worse.

    I'm sure it's getting better... I just haven't felt it personally yet.