i'm looking for some thoughts on how i should proceed with a job hunt and gaining relevant nursing experience. i am a student nurse, with one year left. i have been endlessly applying. i will take any position to gain experience with any hours (regardless of how desirable) but it's been impossible to even get in for an interview. i followed one suggestion to find contacts on linkedin and sent them a portfolio of sorts of my cover letter addressing why i want to work there, my resume, transcripts, phlebotomy certification and honor society award. that did nothing. i even did this at my hospital affiliated school, and that didn't result in anything yet. i have previous career experience (6 years in marketing) that i used to include on my resume. however, i took some advice from these forums and separated that (explaining it in the cover letter). i had one interview with a local hospital for a medical assistant/secretary where i was basically told that this position wouldn't be enough for me. this confused me because i'm not being fickle or crude about a position or stubborn in "what i want"... i literally just want to work and help and learn in any capacity. i feel like i'm being judged by my past experience? that interview actually focused on what i used to do... i kept trying to turn it back to nursing but she just wanted to talk about accounts i worked on?
i'm starting to worry about not finding a job now and ultimately when i graduate. it's nerve wracking as well because if i don't find one soon i will have to take a position in my previous career and i really would prefer not to. i really wanted relevant experience. i'm just curious if it's the state of things (economy) or the student-hospital ration in this area? i understand we are a dime a dozen and i'm not claiming i'm worth more than every other student, i'd just like a fair shot. just interested in others experiences... how is it at your hospital? should i be doing something else? is it because i don't know anyone to help me get in? i will appreciate anything at all