Congrats on the orders to Hawaii, we do love it here regardless of the troubles I had trying to find a job. I know I gave you a little bit of background on my experience but I can share some more stuff that may help you
I graduated May 2010 with my ADN, passed the NCLEX June 2010, moved to Hawaii in July 2010. I applied for my Hawaii RN license in July and recieved it about 4 weeks later in Aug 2010. I began applying for positions here after graduation but many responded that they will not review my resume until I had my HI license. I was able to get an interview with Nursefinders staffing agency as soon as I got my license, but the position did not start until Oct 2010. They have an opportunity every fall for new grad nurses to provide flu shots at elementary schools
. It was a really fun experience and offered the chance to network with some other new grads in the area. Unfortunately, it only offers about 10 hours or so a week for 8 weeks. The agency was very honest and upfront about the fact that this experience would not be recognized as "RN experience" or lead to any other staffing positions as an RN
During this time I put in about 10-15 applications everyday at every hospital, nursing home, assisted living, including Tripler and their affiliated clinics. I went in person to any of the facilities that would allow me to hand deliver. I went down to the Nursing office at Tripler and spoke with one of their HR recruiters. She did take my federal resume but was very polite in telling me that they are not currently hiring any new grads, that they get most of their nurses through staffing agencies (Altos and Valley Health were a couple, but I'm not sure who does most of it now.) Once again,
Towards the end of my stint with the flu clinics (Nov 2010), I finally got an interview in a Family Medicine office. After 3 interviews including working an entire shift for an "observation interview" I was offered the position. It was really low paying (about $2 more than I made as a CNA) and a 45-90 minute drive from home depending on traffic, but I was super stoked to finally get my first real job after 5 months of looking. I spent about a year working there before I decided to start applying elsewhere. This time around was a lot more promising! I got a call from the staffing agency about LPN type work in some state facilities. After a couple weeks of picking up shifts with them, I got called for 3 more interviews (Nov 2011). None of these were for floor nursing positions, as I kept getting negative response emails back that I still lacked the experience needed to qualify. I was offered all 3 positions I interviewed for (Assisted Living nights, Psych hospital swing shift, Clinic position days) and ended up taking the position in a clinic setting and LOVE it!
So not exactly the way I hoped it would turn out as I still have my heart set on eventually getting into L&D, but I was very lucky to eventually find a position that I enjoy and has awesome benefits. I can't say that my Military Spouse status was any help in the job search
. I was asked in almost every interview if my husband was military and when we planned to leave (still don't think they should be able to do that but here, it's obvious). A good friend of mine also came here as a new grad in Dec 2011, got a temp job in home health in March 2012 but it didn't work out. She just secured a full time spot that she loves in Jan 2013.
Places to look:
-USAjobs (it's always worth a shot!)
-Army Community Service, they also offer resume writing (I went to the federal resume class and it was great!) and have a list of job postings in their office.
-Pearl Harbor/Hickam Job fairs
Sorry this was so long winded!! Feel free to PM if you'd like