New grad job woes - question (long) - page 2

by Kringe38

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I do realize the job market is tough right now and employers have their pick of whoever they want to hire, yet I can't help but feel perplexed ever since I started looking for work. I have interviewed multiple times at the... Read More


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    Kringe38,

    When I was preparing for interviews...I did some research at the local library. Check and see if your local library has a program (free to patrons) that helps with improving resumes and interview skills. I found this to be VERY helpful. I also checked out books and reviewed different "snap words" to use throughout the interview to add that little bit of "pizzazz". It was all worth it, I made a good impression and ended up getting the job.

    At any rate, it's good to follow-up s/p interviews just to put that little extra buzz in the mgr's ear of your interest in the position.

    Best wishes and good luck!!
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    Quote from Kringe38
    After a while, I started getting really frustrated because I feel like I have a lot to offer but no way to differentiate myself from others, no idea of what I am doing or saying that is turning them off, etc.
    What are 4-5 things that you think are your strong suits in regards to nursing? Like, do you have strong analytical skills, a great memory for details, the ability to build a rapport with people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds, a proven record of high academic achievement, etc? Think of those things that you consider your biggest strengths (and try to be as specific as possible) and then find a way to explain how you can use these strengths if employed as a RN. Sometimes you have to spell out exactly what you have to offer and how it is going to benefit them if they hired you. The problem may not be that you are turning them off, just that you haven't turned them on enough!
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    I am not a nurse yet but when I went searching for my student nurse tech jobs the thing that I found that helped me the most was making a connection with the interviewer, smiling (genuinely), and remaining professional. Balancing those 3 things is key. If I walked in excited about an interview and formed a bit of a bond with the interviewer (your sense of humor can help you there as long as you keep it professional) it usually went well. I have been turned down for positions (by the nurse manager) but had an HR person search for positions for me just because she liked me. Their jobs can get boring day in and day out doing the same thing. If they have a bit of fun with you in the interview then they tend to remember that you broke up their day a bit and it makes you look like a good person to work with. I haven't always naturally been outgoing but when I was a single momma several years ago I just decided I didn't want to be isolated and figured out that I just had to get out there and talk to people. That carries over in many aspects of my life, including professionally. It's hard at first but I really think anyone can do it.
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    I feel your pain. I graduated May 2010. Still no job. I am 42 also. Had one job I was suppose to start last week, but a week before the start date I got a call that due to budget issues (they are in a building program) they had to drop my group and the September group. Very heartbreaking!! Anyway, before all this, I did ask some of the interviewing people what I could do and some gave feedback. This was helpful and yet I am still unemployed!
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    Quote from princess pickles
    I feel your pain. I graduated May 2010. Still no job. I am 42 also. Had one job I was suppose to start last week, but a week before the start date I got a call that due to budget issues (they are in a building program) they had to drop my group and the September group. Very heartbreaking!! Anyway, before all this, I did ask some of the interviewing people what I could do and some gave feedback. This was helpful and yet I am still unemployed!
    Oh no, that has got to feel like a punch in the gut! To finally be told you have something and then have it yanked away. This whole job search thing is very much a roller coaster. Hopes up! Hopes down! Hopes up! Hopes down! Sigh.


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