Will I be aloud to get a job now?

  1. I am very worried that I will not be able to get a job after graduating lpn school in may of this year. The reason being is that I have had 12 jobs within 10 years in the past. I was a cashier, housekeeper, medical assistant, secretary, and deli assistant. The longest I have worked at a job was 7 months! I am now 28! Single with 2 kids, I was dependent on my live in bf all these years, ran from the credit companies so they couldnt garnish me of my pitiful checks I did get, now he has no job been out of one for 8 mo.s, and says he wont since he is sitting the kids while I am in school. I am afraid to put anything down on my resume or applications. What do I do? Am I doomed? How do I erase a bad work history? I went to school for lpn because this was my dream, I cant ruin my dream come true! Someone help me please!!!!!!!!!!!!I want to work permanent now that I found my dream.
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  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   zuchRN
    Indianamom- Let me know where you are at in Indiana. I am in northern Indiana and I am a DON. I can get you a job or at least set you up with an interview. I know a lot of people who can help!! Let me know.
  4. by   renerian
    I am sure you will be able to find someone to hire you.

    renerian
  5. by   indianamomx2
    I am in Grant County. What do I tell employers? Should I tell them I was taking care of my kids instead?
  6. by   zuchRN
    Boy, I live in indiana and I don't know where grant county is. I am in fort wayne. Are you anywhere near here?
  7. by   Gardengal
    Look at the bright side....You can not erase a work history, but you can use it to your advantage.

    A good cover letter with a resume can explain it away.....

    You can present yourself as a person who worked several jobs as you matured, looking for your niche and now discovering it. Your previous jobs did not require extensive education as preparation. To be an LPN you will have attended school for a longer time period than you ever held a job. I believe that most potential employers would view this favorably.

    You have life experiences in a multitude of other fields which will stand you in good stead as you pursue your dream.
  8. by   cindyln
    I think that you should tell the truth. It is never good to lie on an application because it will come back to haunt you someday
  9. by   baseline
    Hey, you did what you had to do, went back to school and now you are job hunting in your new profession. You'll be fine!
  10. by   wv_nurse 2003
    Kudos to you--and don't be ashamed of having had several jobs! It would be far worse to lie on an application--when they ask, tell them the truth, and be proud that you have gone to school to accomplish your dream!
    Best of luck to you!
  11. by   Dplear
    In this day and shortage of nurses...if you are a nurse they will hire you.......

    Dave
  12. by   cactus wren
    If you have a pulse, and a license you wil get a job....
  13. by   meownsmile
    Make your work history into something positive by taking a good hard look at what you learned while at those jobs. I'm sure there are positive experiences you took away from some of them such as how to work as a team, how to multitask things other than a household and kids, organization, delegation etc. Promote those positive things you learned into your resume. I doubt that you will have a problem finding a job.
  14. by   Overland1
    Originally posted by indianamomx2
    I am very worried that I will not be able to get a job after graduating lpn school in may of this year. The reason being is that I have had 12 jobs within 10 years in the past. I was a cashier, housekeeper, medical assistant, secretary, and deli assistant. The longest I have worked at a job was 7 months! I am now 28! Single with 2 kids, I was dependent on my live in bf all these years, ran from the credit companies so they couldnt garnish me of my pitiful checks I did get, now he has no job been out of one for 8 mo.s, and says he wont since he is sitting the kids while I am in school. I am afraid to put anything down on my resume or applications. What do I do? Am I doomed? How do I erase a bad work history? I went to school for lpn because this was my dream, I cant ruin my dream come true! Someone help me please!!!!!!!!!!!!I want to work permanent now that I found my dream.
    All of your work experience can work in your favor, provided you left each of those jobs for a positive reason. If you left a job to accept a better job, that is totally understandable. If you excelled in those jobs, then there is even more in your favor. All of this could help to make a very good resume. Take it from me; I came into the Nursing profession after working in business, and (as different as Nursing is) it has been good for me.

    There is a shortage of nurses, and those who are ambitious and qualified are in even shorter supply. Make this your opportunity to present a good (spelling is important), concise (accentuate your positives and keep it simple), and successful resume.

    Having spent the past several years with work and school is a plus in itself. Now go take on the day!

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