newly qualified - struggling to find work, please help

  1. hi all,
    i am due to qualify in sept, and i have been very let down, 3 hospitals being close to me, closer than my placement base. each of which promised me work,
    the first one on later questioning said they had no work but had previously said that once i had filled an appilcation form in which was 'just a formallity' they would give me an interveiw.
    the second one gave me an interveiw, telling me that there were numerous posts available, to which i found out today there was only one, and hence i didnt get it
    the third one said they had positions in all departments only to have 3 posts, to which i have an interveiw
    i need some tips for an interveiw, what are the latest buzz words, any ideas?

    I now have put in an application form in my home trust i know it was later than it was suppost to be but its been over a week now and i have not heared anything, i want to enquire but i dont know what to say, any ideas?

    and finally has anyone newly qualified worked for an agency? what was it like? did you manage it ok, did the lack of perceptorship affect you?

    lots of questions i'm sorry, but am a little stuck and getting very scared now, thanks for your help
    milly
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   bargainhound
    It does not hurt to follow up on you applications when you have not heard from them....just to let them know you are still interested.....sometimes they have just not had time to review the applications....sometimes there is something that prevents them from contacting you...like no phone number or incorrect phone number. Some hold applications and review when needs arise.

    Take your time and don't panic.
  4. by   renerian
    Hospitals are very big places and they move very slowly. Hang in there and keep looking.

    renerian
  5. by   sjoe
    Since your profile does not say whether you will be an RN, CNA, LVN, or MA and does not say what part of the country you live in, you can expect only very generalized responses. Since I have never heard the term "home trust," I assume you are in Australia or some other place British-related.

    RN turnover averages about 26% right now in the US, so 1/4 of these people will be leaving their jobs in the coming year--hence, frequent openings.
    Last edit by sjoe on Jul 31, '03
  6. by   purplemania
    A phone call or short note to the interviewer in which you state how you are looking forward to becoming part of their team and hope to hear from them soon, etc. might help. Include a good phone number and address in case the info they have is incorrect or not legible. As for agency, these are nurses who must work independently. Hard to do that with no experience. Good luck and keep in touch!
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    always, always follow up!
  8. by   Agnus
    When you are turned down. Write a thank you letter and ask what they would suggest to make yourself a stronger candidate.
    Always write a thank you letter for every interview, no matter what.

    Have several people review your resume, including a professor. Get someone to help you practice interviewing. Do the practice session as if it were the real thing.

    Forget buz words. Speak and write in active voice. Use action words.
    Be specific. Avoid adjatives. For example don't say, "it is a beautiful mountain." Describe specifically what you see: line, shape, color, shading, shadow, highlight, countour, what is on or around the mountain. Make me see the mountain as you do.

    Apply this to your resume and cover letter and to your speech. Ask questions at the interview.
  9. by   NICU_Nurse
    Recruiter: So, what makes you think you'd be a good addition to our staff here?

    Nurse/Applicant: The contour of that mountain is breathtaking. And...wh-...what is that I see? A little man? A little man dancing at the foot of that majestic mountain bathed in glimmering rays of sunshine? (shielding eyes with hand)

    I am SO using that in my next interview.
  10. by   jnette
    Originally posted by Kristi2377
    Recruiter: So, what makes you think you'd be a good addition to our staff here?

    Nurse/Applicant: The contour of that mountain is breathtaking. And...wh-...what is that I see? A little man? A little man dancing at the foot of that majestic mountain bathed in glimmering rays of sunshine? (shielding eyes with hand)

    I am SO using that in my next interview.


    or perhaps:
    "I see a mountain of red tape... tangled and snarled.. tentacles reaching..threatening to snatch away my hope. DO allow me to assist you in removing this mountain of an OBSTACLE which looms forebodingly, standing ever so INTRUSIVELY in my way of acquiring the POSITION YOU OFFERED ME AND I AM NOW HERE TO DEMAND !!!!!!!!!!!! GIVE IT TO ME NOW !!!"

    Would that work?
  11. by   NICU_Nurse
    Ooh, yes, but ONLY if it is accompanied by your best imitation of that little red face. That is a highly effective visual addition to your beautifully worded description (though not as charming or whimsical as mine, of course!)
  12. by   flowerchild
    Try this link for everything you need to know about interviews:
    http://interview.monster.com/archives/attheinterview/
  13. by   jnette
    Originally posted by Kristi2377
    Ooh, yes, but ONLY if it is accompanied by your best imitation of that little red face. That is a highly effective visual addition to your beautifully worded description (though not as charming or whimsical as mine, of course!)
    :chuckle

    Sorry milli, we were getting a tad silly and carried away... nursing does that to ya ! Gotta keep a sense of humor !

    Truly not belittling your situation, and I do hope you soon hear some good news. Be persistent, and don't give up ! Something WILL come your way !
  14. by   mattsmom81
    You guys are cracking me up this morning...

    I totally agree hospitals move verrrry slowly...I have been miffed at an application sitting around for months on HR's desk. And it has ended up being due to an individual's disorganization coupled with the insitution's disorganization and politics!! LOL!

    Be persistent, patient and polite, and followup. You will find something. Generally agencies don't hire new grads in my parts; the work is too dependent on a 'hit the floor running' ability.

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