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Yet another unemployed new grad.. - page 2

Well it's official...I am one of those new grads that just CANNOT get a job (or an interview for that matter). I graduated in May with an ADN, had a 3.7 GPA, worked for 4 years as a tech and never... Read More

  1. Visit  kylee_adns profile page
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    Perhaps you could have someone look over your resume/cover letter? Do you change each one of those for the positions that you are applying for? Study the core values of the facility you are applying, and tailored each letter with those values in mind. Don't be super corny or obvious about it, but rather more discrete. Read the job description, and illustrate how you meet the listed criteria with examples. If you have been mostly applying to hospitals, maybe look into LTC facilities. You will get some experience that will be very marketable to the hospital environment. (time management, prioritization, delegation, nursing skills) I graduated in December 2011, and started a job in short term rehab unit Feb 1. A mere two months later, I landed a job on a cardiac step down unit. There is hope out there! I wish you well! Good LUCK!!!
  2. Visit  alibee profile page
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    Quote from RN In FL
    Why do you new grads think 4.0 GPA's will get you jobs?????? All that competitiveness dosen't really matter huh? I am not being mean, but nursing schools which have all these great expectations of making it so difficult to get in, and making one think they are smarter than everybody else, to have that 4.0 to get in, then to get your bubble popped when you can't land a job after graduating. Seems your A's are no better than the C's. Just hang in there, and get off that nursing school highest gpa crap of "who's the smartest always win" mentality. Welcome to the real world.....most employers do not care about your GPA
    So students shouldn't try in nursing school? They shouldn't be proud of putting in the work and getting good grades in a difficult program? That "nursing school highest gpa crap" actually does matter in a lot of places, thank you very much - here in Philadelphia, even with your BSN, most of the hospitals will toss your resume as a new grad if you didn't pull over a 3.5.

    Having a high GPA doesn't mean that you think you're smarter than anybody else. It doesn't mean that you're going to start on a floor and cowboy it up because you think you're "that darn good." It means that you put a hell of a lot of effort into getting through your nursing program and you were fortunate enough to have it reflect in your grades. Your condescending reply contributed precisely zero to the OP's post, very nice.

    fposey - I don't know the market in Georgia, but it seems like a lot of ADNs/Diplomas are having difficulty in areas where hospitals are shooting for Magnet status (thus drawing them to BSN candidates, if they even hire new grads). I'd enroll in a BSN program online if you can, and then put on your resume that you're in the program and your estimated completion date.

    Also, if relocation is an option for you, there are places that are hiring new grads pretty frequently. North Dakota and Colorado are two I've heard about, but if relocation is viable for you, it might not hurt to put your resume up on Monster and see what bites you can get. Best of luck to you.
    RunnerRN2015, JustADream, Nurse Maru, and 1 other like this.
  3. Visit  sun2576 profile page
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    Just keep at it! Apply everywhere you can. I think that many hospitals today want "experienced" nurses, which is a huge problem if you are a new grad. I say take a job at a nursing home if you have to. Experience does help. Good luck!
  4. Visit  Alice D Smith profile page
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    Long term care, Life Care Centers specifically, a great employer who takes on and trains new grads.
  5. Visit  michelle.white profile page
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    I am a new grad too and the job market doesn't help matters much. You just have to go out there and pound the pavement. I literally googled any kind of healthcare around where I live and took my resume to them. I did this for about 10 days straight and today it payed off!! I got a full time job as a hospice nurse, which is what I have always wanted to do . Happy day in this house hold---and it will be for you too soon, just gotta keep your head up!
  6. Visit  patekgtech profile page
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    Look at Traveling Nurses, Veterans Administration, Agency Nursing Staffing Companies to get experience. Where are u located at? Houston and Galveston Area have plenty of jobs in Texas.
  7. Visit  Britrn04 profile page
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    Quote from RN In FL
    Why do you new grads think 4.0 GPA's will get you jobs?????? All that competitiveness dosen't really matter huh? I am not being mean, but nursing schools which have all these great expectations of making it so difficult to get in, and making one think they are smarter than everybody else, to have that 4.0 to get in, then to get your bubble popped when you can't land a job after graduating. Seems your A's are no better than the C's. Just hang in there, and get off that nursing school highest gpa crap of "who's the smartest always win" mentality. Welcome to the real world.....most employers do not care about your GPA
    I am certain most people know that a high GPA does not automatically get you a job. A high GPA in school certainly helps an RN get into a decent BSN program or a competitive MSN program. GPA matters when the RN aspires for advancement. Congrats on the 3.7 fposey and keep trying. GOOD LUCK!!
  8. Visit  niteguy65 profile page
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    Here is the hidden gem that a lot of nurses do not think about try corrections the pay is pretty decent it will pay the bills till something comes along and it is not a bad place to work on your assessment skills and getting answers by questioning your clients best of luck to you
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  9. Visit  KimberlyRN89 profile page
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    Quote from niteguy65
    Here is the hidden gem that a lot of nurses do not think about try corrections the pay is pretty decent it will pay the bills till something comes along and it is not a bad place to work on your assessment skills and getting answers by questioning your clients best of luck to you
    I totally agree!
  10. Visit  summer1044 profile page
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    Quote from Nurse2bKimberly
    I totally agree!
    Another vote for corrections - and they hire frequently (better pay than SNF's too...at least the ones around here). Luck to you. Get out there and SELL yourself, in person to the HR/hiring manager on a weekly basis...this works. Trust me.
    KimberlyRN89 likes this.
  11. Visit  RN In FL profile page
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    Sorry my comment came off as condesending and harsh regarding the gpa. Yes a GPA is important when furthering your education. My point is the gpa dosent usually matter, 9 times outta 10 when trying to secure employment as evidenced by fposey's post. I feel that many new grads feel that an above avg gpa give him/her a leg up when attempting getting a job, is all I am saying, and It dosent matter. Usually having above avg grades in any program is a must or you will be out. If fposey keeps the faith, a job will come along.
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  12. Visit  fposey profile page
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    Thank you for your posts. To answer some of the questions: Yes, I have passed my boards. I have tried indeed, all the hospitals in NE GA, amedysis wants experience and I have been warned that home care isn't a very good choice for new grads. I would be open to trying to get a position at a SNF but I am unfamiliar with the area ...anyone have any suggestions in the ATL / NE GA area? Moving is not an option nor is continuing education/certifications because I literally have zero financial resources at the moment...I lost my job as a tech the second I passed the NCLEX. The hospital I worked for wouldn't allow me to continue as a tech if I was an RN, but I couldn't get a job as an RN if I wasn't licensed. My family has had a tragic couple of months which lead us to move from AZ to GA...we are living with the in laws who are also struggling. I have looked hesitantly into corrections but most of the posts I've seen want experience. I have also applied to psych hospitals. I have been considering going into the units to get some face time with managers but wasn't sure how appropriate this was. I have tried calling the hospitals to speak with recruiters but now-a-days it's nearly impossible to get through the menu and speak to a human.

    Being new to the area puts my at a huge disadvantage. I don't know anyone and I don't know the facilities. I would love if any of you who are familiar with ATL/NE GA could lead me in the right direction. Where are the surgery clinics and where do they post positions? What physician office's do you know of that use RNs? And to those who have more experience than I do: Is it inappropriate to show up unexpectedly at a manager's office?

    As a final note, I don't think having a high GPA makes me better or smarter than everyone else, I don't think it's an automatic in and I absolutely know I have a lot of learning left to do..I was simply stating that I worked hard in school, I worked hard as a tech and I thought that experience and competence would lead to an interview (after 200+ applications) at the very least. I have been applying to jobs since March. I have revised and revised my resume and cover letter and I do change them for each position.
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  13. Visit  prettymica profile page
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    United health care and golden living has SNFs allover.. they are always hiring. Im not sure of your exact area but Im sure you could get a job quick at one of those SNFs pretty quickly


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