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Hi everyone, I know this thread is nothing new... I guess I'm just looking for some insight or something. I finished school in June, passed and all that and I'm registered. I have been searching... Read More

  1. Visit  crittytn profile page
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    Ah, sweetie, I'm sorry. Just keep tweaking it. I see resumes and cover letters as works in progress all the time. Tailor it for the job. Do you have an experience for that field that impressed you? Can you mention some facts you know about the practice? Keep sending it people to critique. Even the most shy will feel like they should give one suggestion.

    You said something about your teachers earlier. Maybe an appointment to go over your paperwork, resume and cover letter would help? Not a request for help, but call and require they set aside time. And if they don't, they have a dean or other person to go to next for help. My mother is a dean and I know she takes on the extra workload. Next after that is the VP.

    It's good for them to have you working. So don't feel like you're school as a resource is totally out.
  2. Visit  Newgrad_STAT profile page
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    gahhh :uhoh21: I'm not about to tear my whole cover letter and resume apart again... I've been told it sounds really good. I tailor my cover letter for each position. I guess it wouldn't hurt to have a few other people read over it but I'm not going to write a whole new one :S
    I'll just keep on keeping on and leaving it in God's hands.
  3. Visit  TheDreamJourney profile page
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    Hello, I am sorry to hear this but this has become very common here too. My friend graduated with her BSN and found a job at a hospital. However, the job is not as a registered nurse. I think she applied as patient tech or CNA and she got the job. She applied to many different hospitals around her home area and she was lucky enough to find a job to pay the bills. Now she is networking there until she gets her RN license. Or try applying to nursing homes or prisions. If this doesn't work try to get a job in retail to pay the bills and for references try volunteering in your spare time. Also, maybe it wouldn't hurt to have an expert or even a friend take a look at your resume. hope this helps and good luck!
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  4. Visit  Newgrad_STAT profile page
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    I've applied to numerous nursing homes.... faxed resumes etc and followed up. They don't answer and have yet to return a call
  5. Visit  TheDreamJourney profile page
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    I'm sorry to hear that. It took my friend years to find a job in the hospital and like I said before it's not even as RN. She applied all throughout her undergraduate years and her senior year she finally got a call back. This also reminds me of what happened to me with my undergraduate psychology degree. I applied for months and no response from employers. I did my resume in school at the career center and received an A for it. But I suspected that my resume was not making me stand out to employers. I started getting call backs when I completely changed everything about my resume. It was sad but I had to do it. But if this keeps happening try to find a job outside of your field to pay back the loans because loan default can hurt your chances of taking out loans in the future. Good luck with everything!
  6. Visit  Nierdo profile page
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    i feel the exact same way. its worse somedays and then some days i dont think about it at all and just have fun! I am a may '10 grad and about a year later i stumbled upon a new grad program... now i havent gotten any hours for MONTHS... i am a new grad again =( been searching and searching for ANYTHING new grad since i technically dont have even the 6 month experience requirement. loans came back full force... people asking if i even work giving advice i've heard for YEARS... its sad. i just sit on the computer most days looking for jobs. no hopes of moving bc i dont have money... somebody hire us!!
  7. Visit  Multicollinearity profile page
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    You may have to relocate. I would imagine some rural areas of Canada may have more of a need for nurses. What about the northern territories or Native areas?
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  8. Visit  carolmaccas66 profile page
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    Get tough.
    Network on a site like Linkedin
    (World's Largest Professional Network | LinkedIn)and ask re jobs, give specifics, put your experience/details on there. Put down ANY experience, ie: clinicals, temp jobs, volunteering. Contact all the nursing agencies and see if they can help out.
    Also if u have so many friends who have jobs, can't they help you?
    And HR are not nurses. There must be job ads with people's names on them. Tell them putting Dear HR isn't acceptable. I think they're trying to fob you off TBH.
    I'm not in the states or wherever you are so my advice won't be quite specific.
    I always advocate that young people now should not go into nursing. The job market is NOT secure anywhere now & they are not mature enough to handle everything we have to deal with. I'd look at doing a separate course that gets you a job. Also do ANY job that comes your way - not just nursing - as that will give u money & keep ur spirits up. Apply for all and anything, even if u don't think ur qualified & say something like: willing to train or stay back to be train/do training courses.
    I hope you get something soon.
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  9. Visit  carolmaccas66 profile page
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    Quote from Newgrad_STAT
    gahhh :uhoh21: I'm not about to tear my whole cover letter and resume apart again... I've been told it sounds really good. I tailor my cover letter for each position. I guess it wouldn't hurt to have a few other people read over it but I'm not going to write a whole new one :S
    I'll just keep on keeping on and leaving it in God's hands.
    Private email me. I worked nursing HR for 3 years, I CAN help you and I have a little time to do it b4 my holidays are over & I go back to work. Do not despair, there are people who want to help you.
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  10. Visit  joanna73 profile page
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    There are jobs in small Northern communities across Canada. I'm in Northern AB. We need 2 RNs, but no one wants to move.I miss my home and my friends terribly, but I'm learning a lot and making great money. I plan to stay a while longer, then move to a city. If you can relocate and tolerate the boredom in exchange for experience, it's well worth it.
  11. Visit  cityknitty_RN profile page
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    I definitely feel for you. Here are my 2 cents:

    First of all, this job shortage thing has been going on for awhile and while it may not have been told to you in classes, any kind of research into the field would show that while unemployment is down, hospitals are just not hiring any more nurses because of the economy right now. In MN, all of the major hospitals went through a downsize where they fired many of the less experienced nurses, but after that they just went on a hiring freeze. This was the case in most hospitals around the metro area. I will tell you though, I've seen a slight increase in their hiring... which seems like good news?

    I was going through the same thing. My sights were set on hospitals at first but as I realized that that route wasn't looking promising for a new grad, I applied to anything I could. This lead to working in a nursing home for 3 years to gain experience. While it was the last place I wanted to work (and I mean no offense to LTC nurses... Bless you for what you do! Whew! You're amazing!) it got me the experience I needed to land a great job in a hospital, which is ultimately where I wanted to be.

    Networking is so important. Searching for community events that may be lead by local hospitals or nursing organizations may be a great way to meet some important people. A lot of getting into a hospital is who you know... unfortunately sometimes. Things will turn around... but in the meantime, it really sounds like you may need to find a job anywhere, even in a non-healthcare related field, especially if your finances are in such need.

    I really hope you find something! Until then, my thoughts go out to you! I'm really sorry for your situation
  12. Visit  cityknitty_RN profile page
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    Quote from carolmaccas66
    Get tough.
    Network on a site like Linkedin
    (World's Largest Professional Network | LinkedIn)and ask re jobs, give specifics, put your experience/details on there. Put down ANY experience, ie: clinicals, temp jobs, volunteering. Contact all the nursing agencies and see if they can help out.
    Also if u have so many friends who have jobs, can't they help you?
    And HR are not nurses. There must be job ads with people's names on them. Tell them putting Dear HR isn't acceptable. I think they're trying to fob you off TBH.
    I'm not in the states or wherever you are so my advice won't be quite specific.
    I always advocate that young people now should not go into nursing. The job market is NOT secure anywhere now & they are not mature enough to handle everything we have to deal with. I'd look at doing a separate course that gets you a job. Also do ANY job that comes your way - not just nursing - as that will give u money & keep ur spirits up. Apply for all and anything, even if u don't think ur qualified & say something like: willing to train or stay back to be train/do training courses.
    I hope you get something soon.
    I think LinkedIn is a great resource! Great information!

    However, I do disagree that young people are not mature enough to handle what "mature" nurses handle daily. I am a young nurse and while it's busy, I do think that both mature and young nurses have a lot to learn from each other. I think it's unfair to discourage young people to go into nursing with that being one of the reasons. Everyone needs to start somewhere.

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