Patience. not my strong suit, how long should I wait???

  1. welp I did it....
    I had my eureka moment and realized that I need to make some hefty changes in my life , not the least of which is finding a new job ASAP
    rumour mill running rampant here , dont like the feeling of going in to work and hearing all about whats being said about me behind my back...
    not just me, there are a few other select "troublemakers" if you will, but I dont deal well with this kind of situation ,so I'm trying to get outta there, vamoose, exit, leave, go , gone etc you get the point
    so I faxed my resume out today to a hospital that I've had my eye on for some time, with three current positions that I could see myself doing well in, and as I've mentioned patience isnt my strongest virtue, and since stargazer and others have helped me with the old resume, I'm sure its a good one, so how long do I wait to hear from them before I follow up?
    I've never had to wait very long , lucky for me I suppose, but its already been 8 hours or more since I faxed and nothing (I TOLD YOU I'm not patient! hehe )
    I'm being overdramatic, I'm not thinking they would call right away or anything (they should though, I'm great damnit!)

    but how long would you normally wait?
    a day, few days, a week, a month, forever?



    edited because I typed ME instead of MY and I'm not british so I couldnt get away with doing that........
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  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   traumaRUs
    I would give it 48 hours then follow-up with a phone call Wendy. Good luck.
  4. by   renerian
    I had to wait three months to get a call. The HR person said they get over 1,000 resumes per fax, email or mail every day. Took another three months to interveiw. Was a horrible mess. Good luck in your job search Wendy.

    renerian
  5. by   researchrabbit
    I too would follow up with a phone call within 48 hours. Maybe even the next day (I too am not patient!). Good luck!
  6. by   Stargazer
    Speaking strictly from my POV (i.e., one whose duties include recruiting), a next-day call would irritate the crap outta me. My personal recommendation would be 3 days. When you call, try to pin down when you might expect an answer. If they're still all vague and make it sound like it'll be another month, or maybe never, let them know you're still interested and would like to hear as soon as possible, but of course they must understand that you'll need to keep looking in the meantime.
  7. by   RNFROG3
    I agree with Stargazer - 3 days. I would think anyone would snap you up Wendy. Good luck in the search. Sure ya don't want to move to Indianapolis?
  8. by   niteshiftnurse
    2-3 days. good luck
  9. by   nurseman
    I'm going with 2-3 days too. The HR person probably just was taking today off so that's why you didn't get your call.
  10. by   sjoe
    "but its already been 8 hours or more since I faxed and nothing "

    Amusing.

    It is standard procedure these days NOT to acknowledge resumes, applications, faxes, etc. Rude? Yes. But that's the way it is. You are usually contacted if and when they really have an opening (many ads are for reasons other than trying to fill a position) and the person has already left.

    Giving it 2-3 days to verify that they received your fax (even though your fax machine tells you that) is a good idea. Then if you call them every week or so thereafter to make sure they have your resume, it encourages them to find it. Then they usually put it on top of the stack when they are done checking, if that is the most convenient thing for them to do.

    If you can bypass HR, talk directly to the nurse manager of the unit(s) that interests you, for this is the person who actually does the hiring AND has an investment in filling gaps in staffing. The HR people usually could care less and have little pressure on them.

    For what it's worth.
  11. by   Stargazer
    Originally posted by sjoe
    If you can bypass HR, talk directly to the nurse manager of the unit(s) that interests you, for this is the person who actually does the hiring AND has an investment in filling gaps in staffing. The HR people usually could care less and have little pressure on them.
    Excellent advice, sjoe. I don't even KNOW how long HR sits on some of my resumes before they get around to passing them along to me.
  12. by   Tweety
    Good luck Wendy I'm proud of you!
  13. by   canoehead
    Some only follow up on resumes once the sender has followed up with them and shown interest.

    I second the idea of sending a resume straight to the nurse manager, and let them know you are interested. I have not yet gotten a job through a HR. they have a perpetual paper-clog.
  14. by   AHarri66
    I agree with all the above.

    Good luck, Wendy!

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