I participated in the New Grad Conference Call last Friday and here is what I wrote down..
Everything is electronic, post everything centura.org
Apply after you have taken NCLEX
Create a Centura online account
Apply for med/surg, telemetry, cardiovascular, oncology
Apply for Exp. preferred or less than 6 months experience
Do NOT show up on the floor with your resume, only if you are scheduled for an interview
Behavior based interviewing, they will send you an e-mail about the type of questions, panel interview with 3-5 people
You will either hear about the job offer from HR or the floor manager
Upon hire, orientation can be 6 weeks – 6 months, MediTech training
ASCENT Program, you are signed up once you are hired onto the floor. 6 week course work in addition to your floor orientation
They hire more often in summer months (budget changes in July so they can afford us)
Constantly apply to open positions
What do they look for in your resume or what makes you strong? More than page is perfectly fine, not 10 pages, use normal font, cover letter is crucial and tailored exactly to the position, degree and when you graduated, RN license number, certifications (only accept AHA), put very briefly your clinical rotations and the hospital and the hours and clarify that your rotations were in an acute care setting
-Make resume tailored to healthcare, do not make your past experience
-If they don’t respond to your application what do you do? Only 10 recruiters in the whole Centura organization so they can’t talk to anyone.
-They do not want you to do a CNA or a Tech position at their hospitals if you have your RN license.
-Every hospital has volunteer services, they want someone to volunteer for at least 6 months