It is tough for me and I have 20 years of experience! I'm not picky about salary either. I have been looking for several months and never worried much about interview skills and resumes. I've always been able to pick and choose where I work for the most part. I have learned that you have to go in physically and be a bit pushy. I want SOOO much to work with Hospice, but I have no home health experience. So I have been a Hospice volunteer several months. Yesterday, I went into the office, met the volunteer coordinator, and she was SOOOO sweet and introduced me to the manager of Hospice! Oh I have such a great feeling about the people and the manager, but now if I can just get them to like me. She did say she had a feeling we might be meeting again (I hope she meant an interview)
Get this!! I filled out an application online, then a week later personally drove 45 miles and hand delivered my resume and cover letter (the human resources lady was gone, I wanted to personally meet her!). I called to make sure she got my resume and application, she *said* she passed it on the the manager of Hospice, but the manager yesterday acted like she had no clue about me.
It sure is tough goings out there for nurses trying to find jobs!!! I always heard that they didn't like the experienced old nurses because we won't work all the extra hours like the eager new grads will. I heard that hospitals prefer new grads. But from the sounds of it here on allnurses, new grads are having a tough time too.
I also interviewed 3 weeks ago for a home health nurse position, I call once a week and no news. I wonder if they think I've been out acute care for too long? (I have been doing telephone triage for not quite 2years) And telephone triage is absolutely one of the most sophisticated kind of nursing there is! It borders on the edge of doing advanced practice, we don't diagnose, but we have to think diagnostically. Ughh!!!
I also put my application in for a psych outpatient nurse position I saw in the paper. I'm doing a lot of praying and a lot of searching the newspapers, hospital websites, health department websites that are even remotely close, and craigslist. I love the job I have now, its just that I need a day job to supplement my income because I only earn $15 an hour. And we just purchased a vehicle. Sigh.
I had such a good feeling yesterday when I met up with the Hospice manager, I hope she will just give me a chance!!! I plan to write a thank you to her for meeting with me and allowing me to speak to her.
Any advise for us old nurses getting a job? Maybe I'm applying for the jobs that are big time sought after. Maybe the agency/hospitals only hire from within?