Oh GonnaAmazeYou, I so so so feel your pain. I received my RN license a year ago after graduating with an ADN. I am currently in a BSN program with about 7 more months until completion. I have been applying for RN jobs since I received my license. I stopped counting applications/resumes that I'd sent out after the 100th one. I have applied numerous times at every local and not so local hospital, LTC center, doctors office, home health, hospice, outpatient clinic, dialysis center, psych unit, corrections, etc.....I have revamped my resume several times, even had a pro help with that, and I tailor each cover letter to the facility and position I apply for. In a years time, I have only landed two interviews and this was with the help of RNs that I know in these facilities. Both interviews went well and the interviewee told me that they would push me along to a second interview. After said interviews, I sent thank you cards and followed up by phone, where I was told that I was still going to be set up with a second interview. Well, second interviews never occured. After a couple of weeks, I called to follow up again and was never able to speak to the interviewee, and they would not respond to my phone calls. I even mailed letters telling them that I was still interested, and if they had chosen someone else if they could please give me feedback as to why I was not selected so I could learn and grow from that. No response to my letters either, nada, nothing, zilch. I have no clue why I did not get the second interviews that they told me I would get or what may have went wrong.
Lately I have been applying for nursing assistant jobs and medical administration positions and still no luck. In my state it is legal to work as a nursing assistant/PCA but various facilities won't hire RNs for this position due to the liability issues. I've heard back from a few of the places I applied at for nursing assistant work and they told me I was over qualified. So, I haven't been able to get a job as a nurse because I have no experience and I haven't been able to get a job as a nursing assistant because I have too much experience. AHH!! This last year has definitely proven to be one of the most frustrating years ever! I consider myself a positive person but I definitely get down about this sometimes, I mean how can you not. I sometimes wonder how much more rejection I can possibly take before I curl up into the corner and have a crying fest and nervous breakdown. I have cried but no nervous breakdown. Yet, I keep on trying, I have to. I want to work as a nurse and I do not see myself giving up!