Any Job fairs in New Jersey for May or June?

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    It seems like everyone has gotten a job except for me. Im getting bored not working and i keep wondering when i will find a job. I have applied everywhere nothing is happening. A friend of mine who just finished just got a job and im still look what i am doing wrong? I fill out the applications online and send my resume to them, i have gone to some career fairs. Is there going to be a job fair in the NY/NJ area soon? and what can i do for the time being I need to pay for my student loans and I need to use my brain and help patients. I feel like Nursing has left me and I had no control of it. Please help
    Last edit by gradgirl1223 on Apr 29, '10
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    A couple of quick questions for you--when did you graduate, did you take the boards already, and do you have experience? NJ/NY markets are very very tight. Applying online isn't going to cut it and attending a few job fairs won't do it either. You need to really put yourself out there. Look at places with new graduate programs. People are so desperate for experience that I'll be precepting 2 unpaid nurse externs this summer. It sounds like I'm being harsh but the jobs are out there but you have got to do it all yourself. Good luck!
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    Graduated August 2009, took boards on February 24 2010, received license on march 2010. Should i go into the hospitals in person? I applied to the hospital that hired my friends and put them as references. I received a BSN thought it would help me but at this rate it doesn't seem to be an advantage. What do you suggest I do for now? Im looking into options every day.
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    Wow--that's a hard question because of your gap between when you graduated and when you took the boards. Do you have any related experience outside of clinical that you can put on your resume? A BSN doesn't mean anything to most hospitals--that's the minimum that a lot of places want now. It's the experience that helps more. Do you have any clinical references from professors or school that you can show? I wouldn't use your friends as references-I'm sure they write great ones but it isn't as meaningful. I think the main problem is the big gap that might be a red flag to some HR people. Good luck--
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    Graduated August 2009, took boards on February 24 2010, received license on march 2010. Should i go into the hospitals in person? I applied to the hospital that hired my friends and put them as references. I received a BSN thought it would help me but at this
    rate it doesn't seem to be an advantage. What do you suggest I do for now? Im looking into options every day.
    Start applying for other settings. Look at nursing homes,home health,subacute,halfways houses,corrections,....you get my drift. Check out loving care agency.com,they were a good agency that I used to work for. Its peds home health,and you may find a niche you didn't think you'd have.
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    [QUOTE=gradgirl1223;4272830]Graduated August 2009, took boards on February 24 2010, received license on march 2010. Should i go into the hospitals in person? I applied to the hospital that hired my friends and put them as references. I received a BSN thought it would help me but at this rate it doesn't seem to be an advantage. What do you suggest I do for now? Im looking into options every day.[/QUOTE

    Also check out advance rn,they have open house dates. Good luck!


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