New Grad: 8 months later, a job offer

  1. 3 After months of searching, I finally got a job offer at a reputable hospital close to home (I didn't have to move out of state and this is in California, of all places!).
    I hope that this serves as a sign of hope for those of you NGs still looking for a job. It takes a lot of time, perseverance, patience...and networking.

    Honestly, I believe that's what landed me this job. It wasn't by a fellow RN, but by a health care worker in the facility. Graduated in May '09, passed NCLEX in June and didn't really start looking for a job until July. But from July to December '09 I had been applying online and in-person to hospitals, LTC facilities and a doctor's office. I networked with people where I volunteer, and even with friends of friends that worked in a hospital. All that just to get my name out there. I pretty much stopped applying to hospitals towards the end of December and haven't done so in the past 3 weeks (from today). Even so, I was surprised at how I was getting phone calls (be it from doctor's offices or from a person I had networked with) regarding possible job opportunities. Throughout all this, especially the darkest of moments, it helped to pray and hope. And, finally, today I got a job offer.

    I hope this helps. Good luck to all of you, especially during this difficult time.
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  3. Visit  Little_Mouse profile page

    About Little_Mouse

    From 'California'; Joined Feb '09; Posts: 148; Likes: 107.

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  4. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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    Congratulations! Your perserverance and faith worked.
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  5. Visit  ~♥Living2Learn♥~ profile page
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    Congratulations!!
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  6. Visit  prinsessa profile page
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    Congratulations!
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  7. Visit  Little_Mouse profile page
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    Thank you! It was made especially sweet since I was told the day before my birthday. What a present!
  8. Visit  willbern04 profile page
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    CONGRTULATIONS!!!!!!

    WHEREABOUT IN CALIFORNIA ARE YOU? I ALSO PASSED NCLEX JUNE '09.
    'BEEN TO 3 INTERVIEWS AND PROBABLY THOUSAND OF APPLICATIONS BUT NO LUCK SO FAR. YOUR STORY IS REALLY INSPIRING. I WILL START FILLING APPLICATIONS AGAIN WITH VENGEANCE
    GOOD LUCK ON YOUR NEW JOB

    PS: BELATED HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY....
  9. Visit  llg profile page
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    Congratulations!

    ... And thank you for shaing your story. It might help others who are still in search of that first job opportunity. I'm sure we all hope it is a sign of good things to come -- both for you and for everyone looking for work.
  10. Visit  Jboo510 profile page
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    I received my license in November and been applying everywhere but most place require a year of experience. I am getting hopeless ;(
  11. Visit  Little_Mouse profile page
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    To Willbern04: I'm in So Cal, Orange County area.
    To Willbern04 and Jboo510: Allnurses.com has a lot of good advice. Just search for it by typing "new grad resume", "new grad job search", etc. and it will come up with a lot of good advice. Much of the advice is really helpful. Keep applying, improve your resume, volunteer at a hospital or red cross, NETWORK with people, and keep your head up. When your down, the only direction now is up.
  12. Visit  BKCinNOLA profile page
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    um.. YAY! Congrats!!! I'm so happy you didn't have to move out of state!! You're going to do awesome! Congrats, again!!

    p.s. I finally got called for the picu interview today!! So excited/nervous!
  13. Visit  ♪♫ in my ♥ profile page
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    Agreed that networking is key. It is how I found my job... which wasn't even posted.
  14. Visit  fotero profile page
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    Congratulations. Although I am not a new grad anymore I am still looking for an entry level position in a hospital, I hope I'll have the same luck to you. What part of Cal are you located?


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