I'm a newly licensed RN and am shifting my job search
from hospital positions to long term care, since I have been unsuccessful in finding a hospital job. I'm wondering if you could give me your opinions about the best way to apply for these.
Since most SNFs don't have a website with job postings, how should I approach the search:
1) Call ahead and ask to talk to the DON or whoever could give me info about hiring
2) Just walk in (ready to interview just in case) and ask to fill out an application (so that they would have it on file regardless of whether they are currently hiring). At this point, I would also leave my resume with the application.
What about following up? Should I call after a few days to ask about the status if I wasn't able to get that information directly while I was there? What do you think is the most effective strategy?
I'm thinking of having a professional-looking folder with me when I go into these facilities so I can leave it there with my application. What should I include in it besides my resume? I'm thinking a cover letter, copy of my RN license...what about references, copies of certifications...? Or should I keep it more basic and bring some of those things only if I'm interviewing?
Thank you all!!!
Oct 14, '10
Buy fax machine, if you don't have one. Put resume on one page. Brief cover letter.
Print list of LTC providers, these are online, determine which are 15 minutes from home, then 30 minutes from home, then 45 minutes from home and an hour from home.
Use Google to figure out how many miles each place is from home.
Call each facility and ask for the name of the Don and thier fax number.
Week one do the closest, weeek two, the next closest, and so on.
This is a way to carefully cover all options.
LTC facilities respond really well to faxes.
Address each cover letter directly to each DON, most won't read through a two page resume.
How do I know this?
Jan 2010 became licensed as LPN.
Was working by March, 5 weeks later loking for work again, in May started my current job.
I'm in west Tn, accepted a job 45 minutes away in the next state.
This worked for me in my situation, as I am new to nursing and it's rough to get in the door with no experience.
Wishing you good success.
Last edit by ursus57 on Oct 14, '10
: Reason: spelling