hi, i have to give some encouragement
to you new rn's for the whole job process. i looked for a job for 9 months before finally getting hired, and i learned what works and doesn't work.
almost never works: sending in application after application on line with no follow up.
what helps: call regularly for update on status of application. make your resume stand out. i had a small, almost invisible flower on the bottom of my ap that they would ask me about. (it was the same flower as my name) smile, act confident, when you're not. google nursing interview questions and answers before going in to meet. (specific to the unit you are applying to)
sometimes works: go to their personnel/human resources office. yes, they'll tell you on the phone to not come to office. but you know what? it does help! i would come by, with letters of recommendation, letter of introduction. i would find out the name of the nurse recruitor before i go, and then ask for her/him by name. they would try to weed you out sometimes by asking if you have an appt. i would smile, :d and charm,
"oh no, i don't, i just wanted to introduce myself to her/him since i know that you get soo many aps, so i wouldn't be just part of the ocean of aps. i'd like to have a face attached to my ap." or "i'd like to discusss the status of my application". the first one usually got me in the door. i must've applice for hundreds
of jobs online in those 9 months. i had approximately 5 interviews. all
of those interviews came about because i did a stop by...which of course, they told me on the phone not to do.
i hope this is encouraging to you. just to let you know, i am on the job market again, i lost the job i had finally gotten. so i am back in the saddle again, and not liking it. but what am i gonna do? i've got to start my "drive-by's" as i call them if i really want a chance.
also, if you need to just make some $ while you're on the hunt, try home health and flu clinics/shots.
god bless us all!