I want to start a support thread for us unemployed New Grads in California - page 17

Hey yall. I want to start a support thread for us unemployed New Grads in California. Iíve recently lost a lot of my hope and optimism for finding a New Grad position. I graduated in May with my BSN and Iíve applied for about... Read More

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    - If you've applied online (to any hospital), the hospital retains your electronic application for more than 10 years. Be careful about in consistencies.It is easily browsed by the hiring managers/unit managers and HR.

    - Be careful on submitting multiple applications: If it's a critical care unit (ICU, DOU, PACU etc), chances are it lands on the same RN Director/Manger for the critical care unit.

    - I know job is scarce but never sell yourself short. Many RNs are underemployed right now, risking their licenses to get a job. DON'T! Once you accepted a job offer, that starting rate will be the base of your whole career. (If you start at $30, you can only get a raise of 0.25% to 1.5%/yearly)
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    Quote from Nurse_
    - Once you accepted a job offer, that starting rate will be the base of your whole career. (If you start at $30, you can only get a raise of 0.25% to 1.5%/yearly)
    Never thought of that. Good to know & something to think about!
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    If you are unionized, which it seems like most major hospitals in California area, your salary will be based upon their union negotiations, not necessarily how much your previous job made. This is especially true if you move locations / states.

    Also, I actually disagree about not applying to multiple critical care units, you can't assume that the same RN Director / HR person manages all critical care units. There is nothing wrong with submitting multiple job applications to different units in the same hospital. One recruiter might pass on your application while others might not. In smaller hospitals there might be one HR person who manages all critical care units, but in larger hospitals there will be multiple people screening applications.
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    Quote from bbaileyRN
    I too am officially an alumna lol Just accepted a position in the ED Beyond excited & super blessed!
    Well look at us! Getting employed and everything!
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    Congrats to the nurses who recently got jobs. Definitely a huge weight off the shoulders. Crossing my fingers for the rest of you!!! 2013 is just beginning!!
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    Congratulations everyone! I'm hoping some of you luck rubs off on me!
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    Quote from RNinC
    Congratulations everyone! I'm hoping some of you luck rubs off on me!
    I hope so too!


    PS I love how the day before I got offered the position I got a million rejection/This position is full emails.
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    Quote from bbaileyRN
    I too am officially an alumna lol Just accepted a position in the ED Beyond excited & super blessed!
    Hi bbailey RN!! May I ask where you got hired?
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    Good luck, everyone! I know it's tough, but be persistent! Don't be afraid to network either - I only had two interviews (out of the 250+ applications). I had a great first interview but my lack of experience was what lead me to not get the job. I contacted the nurse manager after finding out that I didn't get the job. I thanked him for taking the time to interview me and asked him for tips on what I could do have a more successful interview and he was kind enough to tell me what I could improve upon. I took his comments to heart, and got a job offer with my next interview. Don't be afraid to reach out and contact nurse managers, nurse recruiters, anyone in a position of power. One of of my classmates actually suited up and went in person to a number of hospitals and asked to speak with a nurse recruiter. She came prepped with resumes in hand and actually got her first job this way.
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    @emmymaeeRN do you think there is a difference between who to contact between a nurse manager for the unit or a clinical nurse educator for the unit?


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