Confessions of a Job hopper - page 2

by OnlybyHisgraceRN

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My name is OnlybyhisgraceRN and I am a job hopper. Sigh. I started working at the age of 14 years old, I've had probably 20 different jobs over the past 10 years. My job history goes as follows: Age 14- Mcdonald's for a year... Read More


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    My first job was at McDonald's too. I lasted three months before quitting.I too am a job. I have had seven jobs in the last three and half years and I just started a new job nineteen days ago. I hope to stick around for about a year before finding something new.Always have a new job before quitting an old one.
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    Quote from Orion81
    I am in a similar situation, only I'm a new grad and quit my first job after only two months? What have you done in the past to explain the "job hopping" during interviews. I have SUCH anxiety over this and I did it to myself :/ I don't know what to do
    When asked, I have a habit of attempting to explain each situation and probably being a little too honest and divulging too much information to my detriment because that's how they ask me in the interview (all ltc). I think now that I'm looking to expand my horizons outside of ltc, I think instead of attempting to explain it away, I'll just be respectfully honest and say that I've had enough time to realize that long term care isn't what I want to do and because I've gotten honest with myself, it has made me a better person, a better nurse, a better coworker, and most likely a better employee. I'm honestly figuring out after all this time that, it makes no excuse for me to attempt to explain what is most obvious. But with that said, I haven't been afforded the opportunity to share this in an interview to let you know how well it was or wasn't received. I'm just in a place in my life where I refuse to settle for what I don't want and pretending that I'm happy working in a place and a setting that I don't really care for and truthfully, I'm burnt out in. I've been in ltc since I became a cna in 1998. I'M LONG OVERDUE FOR A CHANGE! Getting a potential employer to understand this is a whole different beast.
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    I really wouldn't say that you have jumped around so much. Why do I say this? Because A). Yes, you job hopped in high school, but t that's not atypical for high schoolers, and you were young then. High school doesn't really count once college is over anyway.

    And, your experience is not atypical for nurses. Many nurses work for a year or a few years and then move on to something new, and usually for good reason. Unsafe staffing is usually a number 1 reason. Number 2 is burn-out d/t odd hours worked, time away from family, friends. Number 3: is burn-out d/t reaching their peak in a certain area, and wanting a change to learn something new.

    You're still working in the same PRN job, so that's good there. And, you left other jobs for unsafe staffing, and not being able to go to school. You wanted to stay in one of your jobs, but if they couldn't work with your school schedule, well, you needed to advance your education, and I don't blame you there, so....really, the CVICU job is your only short stint, and you discovered it wasn't a good fit for you. Tried your best, I imagine, to make it work. I would advise you now, though, to not make any quick decisions, and get a job and stay there for at least 2 years. Hopefully your new job is something you'll enjoy. What is your new job?

    I worked for a year in a job I had in a rehab hospital and left so that I could learn more. Liked who I worked with, but wanted acute care experience. So, you're not alone . We do what's best for ourselves and our families in the cases where that's applicable. I've been in the ICU for almost a year and a half now and counting. My philosophy is to give an employer a year at least (if a job is not unsafe) so that it's not a waste that they hired me regardless of my like or dislike for a job, but to each his own. You discovered your previous job wasn't the best fit, so that's different, and I know that must have stunk initially, but I'm sure you're feeling relieved now since you never really liked it anyway. Best of luck to you!
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    Thanks for all the encouragement. I have to admit. I'm not overly excited with starting in the ED next week, however I have to work somewhere to keep my skills up.
    This too shall pass. I'll do my very, very best. Although, I know it won't be easy.
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    Quote from OnlybyHisgraceRN
    My name is OnlybyhisgraceRN and I am a job hopper. Sigh. I started working at the age of 14 years old, I've had probably 20 different jobs over the past 10 years. My job history goes as follows:

    Age 14- Mcdonald's for a year or so. I gained weight off of big macs, fries, and shakes. So I decided to quit.

    Age 15- I worked as a dietary aide in a small community hospital. I left after a year for very stupid reasons.

    Age 16- A shoe store. I quit a year later.

    Age 17- I worked four different jobs. I worked at best buy for 3 months but was fired for letting a friend use my family discount. Then, I worked at marshalls for 3 weeks and quit due it being super chaotic and dealing with crazy customers. Next, I worked at michaels for 2 days... I honestly don't remember why I quit that job. My fourth job was as a student aid, I quit after 3 months because I became a CNA and wanted to work as such.

    Age-18 I worked as a school health aide, and lasted 2.5 years. I loved the job so much that I planned on staying as a nurse. However, everyone stated" No, go get your clinical experience". And so I did. After I received my LPN license I left the school system. In addition to the school job I worked for 2 nursing agencies as a float CNA/Sitter.

    Age-20 I worked as a LPN in an ALF. After a year I left, it was a new day on hell every single day.

    Age-21 I worked in a LTC, which I loved. I left after a year due to schedule conflict with school and they did not allow PRN.

    Age 22- I worked in subacute/LTC facility, another ALF, methadone clinic. The subacute and ALF were hell holes. I loved the Methadone clinic but I was PRN and they never had any hours. I also worked for 2 peds HH agency. I hated it because I felt like an over paid babysitter. My last job for this year was a PRN school nurse job for an agency that I'm currently employed.

    Age-23- I worked at a subacute facilty , I quit after three months when I received my RN license to pursue the "almighty" hospital experience. I then got hired into a CVICU. I lasted 7 months there( that is a thread all by itself, literally).

    Now I'm 24 years old and I find myself starting another job next week. All I can say is that I'm tired of job hopping. My long term goal is to find my home in nursing and stay there until I retire. Why is that so hard for me to do??? I feel so pathetic.

    Hopefully this year will be different, and I'll find my self at the same place by the end of the year.

    Child, really? (I say this with love, as someone old enough to be your mother.)

    When I read your post, my only thought was "What a go-getter!"

    You have worked CONSISTENTLY from a very young age. I only hope my own children are as hard working! I live to instill that kind of work ethic in them !

    You have a long work record, and have pursued education along the way. YOU ARE VERY YOUNG. No shame in your game. Work + education + self evaluation = success.

    Don't worry, you are doing a fine "job" of finding your path! :-) How much have you learned from all that?

    The PATH is not always so evident, take it from me. But keep looking, it is there. It twists, it turns, and sometimes it is darn right indiscernible, but keep looking...

    Best,
    Cheryl
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    I'm 51 and the longest I've worked for any one company is 5 years. I've been a nurse for 3.5 years and I've had 3 very different jobs. Even now I'm looking for something new, my current job is great but I'm looking for a union position with pension (I'm in Canada)

    You're young, you've got your life ahead of you. Don't box yourself in to finding that "dream" job to retire from. Give yourself opportunities for learning and growth. You'll go through many stages in life and might just end up changing careers later in life.

    Life is a journey full of twists and turns, enjoy it.
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    Yes, don't put all that on your resume. Nobody has the time to read all that unrelated stuff. Just state what relates to nursing/medical and leave it at that. If you were at a job short term, do not feel the need to place that on a resume also.

    Having said that, sometimes the resume is not read, but only scanned over, so it doesn't matter as much to a prospective employer as it might to you. There are places that can help you write the optimal resume if that is really your concern.
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    Sounds fine to me- high school and college jobs don't really count (I literally had 20 of those), and you had a few since
    your nursing career started a few years back. You're allowed to try things out and make mistakes- remind yourself that you
    are only 24. Most of the nurses entering the profession these days are in their 30s and 40s (at least where I live).
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    Thank you for your post. I am a job hopper as well. Guidance I've received has been to stop running away from bad jobs into whatever you get, but to only take a job that I really truly think will be a good fit.

    After college: 1 year internship, a few years of temp positions, then went to nursing school: 1 year ALF, 1 year in a lab, then after graduating: 1.5 years in ER, then left for pharma job...awful and stressful 6 months, left for a high paying contract job 8 months..awful, then worked a research job for 1 year 8 months, left for a higher paying job. now working somewhere that I also don't like, its been 3 months and I want out. I know part of it must be me, but I've had a lot of fellow co-workers who have had this same bad luck as me. Just looking for my nitch. Everywhere I've moved ends up having high turnover and lots of stress. I'm a hardworker and exhausted from moving around constantly. I had no trouble explaining my job hopping to get my current position...but now...after only 3 months...its a little harder. Hoping to make it to a year and transfer within.

    Thanks onlybyhisgrace...nice to know i'm not the only one. Wishing you the best of luck!
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    This is one of the reasons I enjoy the Float pool, the ability to go to different floors/specialties keeps me from getting bored


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