I'm a new grad LPN. I've applied to community college and will return to school in January to work towards my RN. I'm 29 years old. I had a day care in our home for seven years prior to starting PN school last fall. Daycare was consuming my whole life and I didn't have passion for it anymore (long hours, parents that didn't care about their kids, not the best income). My family was sick of it taking over our small house. We inherited just enough money for me to quit work and return to school for one year. Nursing has always been my dream. I worked hard and graduated at the top of my class.
I've applied to work everywhere that hires LPN's. We are running out of money fast and I don't know what do to. I've even stated I would work lesser positions. Should I call all these places I've applied to? I called a couple of places and didn't get the most welcoming response. Something like "if we want to interview you we will call". I just asked if the position had been filled. I've only had my license a couple of weeks but am beginning to feel hopeless and like I've made a mistake.
I wasn't picky about where I applied or hours. I submitted a resume and cover letter and sent thank you notes to the two people who have interviewed me. I know in some areas jobs are hard to come by but some of the others from my class are already working. I'm happy for them but sad for me
Any advice or encouragement would be greatly appreciated.
Oct 11, '10
I am in a similar situation. I personally want to work in LTC so what I did was google a list of every nursing home in my area. I then looked up all the zip codes and grouped nursing homes together by zip code. Every morning I wake up and choose 5 nursing homes in the same area to apply to. I walk in, ask for a application, fill it out, and return it with my resume on top to usually a unit manager, DON or hiring manager. Asking to hand it in to a unit manager, DON, or the hiring manager is a MUST. They need to see your smiling face and shake your hand. Be remembered.
Also, go to Monster.com or Careerbuilder.com and look for LPN positions. Since you are running out of money, you want to go to those places first. Also pick up Job News or Employment News at your local grocery store (the free news papers near the carts- I have caught about 3 LPN postings in them).
Job hunting is the worst full-time job, ever! Just apply, apply, apply. Driving and filling out 5 applications a day takes about 4-6 hours. You can't just fill out 7 applications in person and email your resume online to a bunch of places expecting for a call back. It's not enough! And make sure you are "selling" yourself really well in your resume, too. I have mine closely perfected- if you want me to look at yours/show you mine, I'd be more than glad to. When you write about previous jobs unrelated to nursing you have to make the duties transferable to nursing. For example, I worked a fast food place and wrote on my resume that I maintained high standards of customer service, communicated clearly and positively with all coworkers and management, and followed procedures for safe food preparation, assembly, and presentation. So basically I said I have good customer service skills, can work well with others, and can follow procedures. All very important in nursing!
I have had 2 interviews in about 4 weeks doing this and I can tell you that no facility that I submited an application or resume to through the internet has contacted me. Go in person.
Last edit by anonymous1919 on Oct 11, '10