I posted this under the Children's Memorial Thread also.
I keep hearing about people who apply for jobs and "never hear" from a hospital. You HAVE to follow up on your application. Always always keep track of the date you submitted your application. A week after you submit, if you have not heard back from the HR department, you should call them to follow up! It's a matter of asking if your application has been received.
Never call first thing on a Monday morning or on a Friday afternoon. Mondays are chaotic in the AM with thousands of e-mails received over the weekend. Friday PM you are asking to to talk to someone who's SO ready to go home!
Best time to call? Probably Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning.
When you call, you want to make sure you write down the names of the people you talk to. When you call again, REMEMBER those names. "Hi, I spoke with ____ about my application...."
Be pro-active in the process. If you are given the e-mail address of an HR person, OR even over the phone, say that you would like to meet at a 'MUTUALLY AGREEABLE' time to discuss ALL employment opportunities available at the facility. Yes, you may want a peds job but with the current economy, if you want to work in a certain hospital, then you should get your foot in the door and then transfer units after a while.
Bottom line, be pro-active in the process.
You cannot expect a hospital to call you. YOU call them! you are one of hundreds of applicants so STAND OUT!!!
If you submitted 50 apps, then you have about 50 phone calls to make!
There are hospitals in the Chicago area hiring new grads.