2011 grads..jobs? - page 2

by CorazonDeOro

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How is the job market looking for all you new grads in the Detroit area? I graduate next week and have gotten nothing but rejections so far. I work at a Detroit hospital but they do not hire RNs without a license anymore, so I am... Read More


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    Some people don't recommend this, but I do and got several job offers from doing so.

    I went through the phone book/googled "hospitals, home care agencies, nursing, etc" and went to their websites. I found their HR email addresses, and emailed my resume. I probably sent over 150 resumes doing this. But lo, and behold, I got about 7 different interviews in just a few days by doing this. YMMV, but it worked for me.
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    I'm new to the area, and a new RN, and I think it is not good for me...

    I have 3 job offers from where I used to live, but I can't exactly go back now. I have submitted probably 300 job applications here, and I have only gotten one call back, and I didn't get that job. I can't get anyone to talk to me at all. I feel like I made a huge mistake moving here, but it wasn't just for work... Anyways, any tips/advice would be helpful. I feel so depressed! It wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that I have offers from where I did my clinical rotations at...

    Does it have something to do with them being unfamiliar with my college maybe?
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    Hey, I know I'm not from Michigan but I live across from Detroit - in Windsor Ontario Canada. A lot of the RN's I went to school with wrote their NCLEX exam through MN, got their visa screen done and a handful I know who applied, all landed jobs within various hospitals fro Henry Ford to the DMC. As far as I know, from what I heard from them.. their employers considered them because over here in Canada we have our BScN where a lot of my friends who went to school in Michigan have an associates degree. I'm not saying they're any more or less of an RN, but it's something that the employer preferred and it even stated "BScN preferred". I'll be maxing out my credit card by putting a $200 ACLS program on it instead of your standard 'CPR Level C health care provider'. If you have a great GPA, include that into your resume.

    I would consider that it's the same with us as it would be for those doing rotations within Michigan - I wouldn't consider applying for a job until I've passed my NCLEX exam. I take it on August 31st. There's a lot more work out in the States then there is for me here in Windsor. In Michigan there is a huge array of hospitals to pick from, where HERE... I have 3. If I can't score with them I have to apply for work in London, Ontario and upwards. Screw that.

    If you're handing out a bunch of resumes to the hospitals here and you haven't landed an interview, change up your resume. Is it some mass cover letter you have on there? Do some background checks into the hospitals and talk about their hospital on your cover letter and why you'd be a good fit for them. Do some volunteer work (while it's still summer time). As soon as I changed up my resume I landed an interview (mind you, it was for a nursing home as a charge nurse and I do not want to work in a nursing home... I figured I'd get the experience with the interview). I'm sure you'll find that you'll soon have three job offers all at once. Don't get discouraged... I'm in this with you as well. You'll find something soon enough.
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    Quote from amandan08
    I'm new to the area, and a new RN, and I think it is not good for me...

    I have 3 job offers from where I used to live, but I can't exactly go back now. I have submitted probably 300 job applications here, and I have only gotten one call back, and I didn't get that job. I can't get anyone to talk to me at all. I feel like I made a huge mistake moving here, but it wasn't just for work... Anyways, any tips/advice would be helpful. I feel so depressed! It wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that I have offers from where I did my clinical rotations at...

    Does it have something to do with them being unfamiliar with my college maybe?
    Where abouts did you move to and which hospitals did you apply to? You may need to expand your search to further hospitals with the prospect of moving closer and biting a long commute for the short term. I moved here from upstate NY since my girlfriend was from MI (lame I know but I love the girl) with several offers at my disposal. It did take me a few months to get a Job here. Living in Onsted MI and not getting anything from most places, I applied into detroit (DMC) and got picked up for the first thing I applied for. This was about a 80 minute drive on average one way from where we first lived, prompting a move to Ann Arbor a few months later. I won't say you would strike gold definitely at DMC, but it is a hospital I've seen more likely to hire new grads. Also your background plays in any hire hugely. I got my job because I worked my off time in step down and ICU environments, which got me in a similar spot at the D. So depending on where you are shooting and what your background looks like will be huge influences.
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    Quote from djmatte
    Where abouts did you move to and which hospitals did you apply to? You may need to expand your search to further hospitals with the prospect of moving closer and biting a long commute for the short term. I moved here from upstate NY since my girlfriend was from MI (lame I know but I love the girl) with several offers at my disposal. It did take me a few months to get a Job here. Living in Onsted MI and not getting anything from most places, I applied into detroit (DMC) and got picked up for the first thing I applied for. This was about a 80 minute drive on average one way from where we first lived, prompting a move to Ann Arbor a few months later. I won't say you would strike gold definitely at DMC, but it is a hospital I've seen more likely to hire new grads. Also your background plays in any hire hugely. I got my job because I worked my off time in step down and ICU environments, which got me in a similar spot at the D. So depending on where you are shooting and what your background looks like will be huge influences.
    Thanks for your input. Well, I'm living in the Garden City area. I have applied for... umm.. DMC, Henry Ford, Oakwood, Botsford, the VA in Ann Arbor and Detroit, Karmanos, U of M, Garden City Hospital, Beaumont, Mercy Memorial, St. Joes, St. John, St. Mary Mercy. I've also applied to nursing homes and clinics. I do all RN positions on career builder, home care, dialysis... everything... I search every day and apply for every job there if there isn't a 5 year experience requirement. I've considered and looked into volunteer work, but I don't want them to take the time to train me if I am going to have to move again to be able to even get a job.

    I just turned 21, so my employment history is mainly just an externship I did on a telemetry floor. But seriously, I got A's in all my nursing clinicals, my nursing class had a 96% pass rate (best in the state where I went to college)... I went to a University competitive summer program (for each seat, 15 applied) when I was 12! I graduated with a 4.0, top of my class, college was a 3.8 ish, dean's list, honor society... I don't see how I could have done anything better I'm just so upset because I've applied for probably 600 positions (I've been applying since May) and only one hospital even called back. What am I supposed to do?

    I hate to sound like I'm throwing a pity party, but I've had my resume reviewed by everyone I know, and they say it's great. No grammar/spelling errors, just the right amount of info. I just want the opportunity to show them what I've got!

    I even applied at fast food restaurants, and nothing. I mean, I can't even flip burgers because no one will take me
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    Sounds like quite the job search. An externship in tele could help you out loads when looking for a job. If you want I could glance at your resume n give some pointers. djmatte@gmail.com now I work at harper in dmc and there are a number of spots I see available all the time because frankly the units can't keep nurses. one of them a tele unit. I'm sure you don't want to hear about inability to retain staff but sometimes the hardest units you gain incredible knowledge in a short time. Its a tough job situation but try to keep your head up. and theres lots of open slots at dmc...so keep trying and don't get too discouraged.
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    Quote from djmatte
    Sounds like quite the job search. An externship in tele could help you out loads when looking for a job. If you want I could glance at your resume n give some pointers. djmatte@gmail.com now I work at harper in dmc and there are a number of spots I see available all the time because frankly the units can't keep nurses. one of them a tele unit. I'm sure you don't want to hear about inability to retain staff but sometimes the hardest units you gain incredible knowledge in a short time. Its a tough job situation but try to keep your head up. and theres lots of open slots at dmc...so keep trying and don't get too discouraged.

    Djmatte,
    I am a nursing student who just started looking into an externship. My clinical is on a tele floor this semester and I really like it. Do you know if your floor does externships or how I would apply there?


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