I am a male nursing student about to graduate in a few weeks.
I have a 3.3 GPA, strong letters of recommendation from every instructor, a well demonstrated strong work ethic, get along very well with everyone, etc but I cannot find a job.
Not even a nibble.
No one Ive spoken to seems interested whatsoever in hiring me.
When I did my preceptorship, I was told by over a dozen nurses to apply for that department. They told me I was the person they would want to work with, etc.
I took a resume to the department manager and she seemed completely disinterested in me.
She told me they had no openings, although I already knew they were about to have several due to imminent transfers.
That encounter with her was from my viewpoint so negative, that when I got back from lunch I found myself checking the wastebaskets for my resume.
I have asked for advice from several people and the general consensus is it isn't what you know, or how you work, but who you know.
From talking to the other students in my class, in every case where one of them has a job offer, or is going to interviews, they knew someone (by their own admission) who go the ball rolling for them.
I knew financially it would be hard to get through nursing school, but I did it.
I just don't want to be sitting here waiting on a call in three months. I want to be working.
Any constructive advice would be greatly appreciated.