New Grad Jobs in Charlotte - page 4

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Is anyone else having a hard time finding a job as a new grad in Charlotte? I just moved to the area in June, but began applying in December of last year. I graduated this past May and am licensed in NC. I have had no luck... Read More


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    Quote from Nurse80sbaby
    I swear, what does Presby SON vs. Queens SON have to do with trying to find a job?? If they are not hiring anyone then who gives a rats azz? So off topic. Anyone have anything REAL to contribute to finding a job in this area?
    Maybe going to interviews with a nicer demeanor than the above comment may be a good place to start.
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    Hmm... well, I just passed the boards and even THAT doesn't seem to matter when it comes to hiring. I keep getting the same response, and that is, recruiters are NOW focused ONLY on hiring May 2010 graduates (I graduated in Dec). Not exactly sure why a recruiter would pass up a licensed new grad over an unlicensed 'future' new grad?! I hope that the summer months will provide a different response, before they start focusing ONLY on Dec 2010 graduates. It's very discouraging knowing that I spent five long years in school and almost $50k in loans for... nothing?!?! I know that persistance is the key and my only option at this point; as well as getting a job outside of nursing for the time being.
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    Grads jobs in the Triangle are just as bad. I have been employed for the past 10 years at a hospital. The nursing employment office told me that the applicants were sorted based on GPA and nursing assistant experience. My application got pushed to the bottom of the pile out of about 500 applicants. WHAT A SHAME!!!! I have applied to about 5 more hospitals and most are saying the same thing-- we have recieved over a thousand applications and we just don't have enough positions to fill them all. Well everyone wants a nurse with experience, but what about the new grads.. Very discouraging. I just have to keep in mind what God has for me will be for me. I know that job is out there, but God is putting me through a test to get there.
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    It is sad to say that it is still like that in Charlotte. I am a new graduate nurse and I sat down and applied to 41 jobs online for CMC (all of which said experience preferred but not required, or had NO response to and experience needed). The really depressing part is that within 2 hours of my applying to ALL those positions they all said Application filed, not hired. How to the know enough about you to just say no within minutes of recieving your application? One of the draws to nursing for me was that we were supposed to be in high demand. Where is the demand? Because I surely don't see it. In our class alone we had 36 new grads so where are we all going to go? Some of the ones who had a job already just got premoted up the ladder but what about the ones who didn't. Do we just get left out? How are we ever going to get the years of experience if we are not given a chance!!!
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    Quote from KPerezRN
    It is sad to say that it is still like that in Charlotte. I am a new graduate nurse and I sat down and applied to 41 jobs online for CMC (all of which said experience preferred but not required, or had NO response to and experience needed). The really depressing part is that within 2 hours of my applying to ALL those positions they all said Application filed, not hired. How to the know enough about you to just say no within minutes of recieving your application? One of the draws to nursing for me was that we were supposed to be in high demand. Where is the demand? Because I surely don't see it. In our class alone we had 36 new grads so where are we all going to go? Some of the ones who had a job already just got premoted up the ladder but what about the ones who didn't. Do we just get left out? How are we ever going to get the years of experience if we are not given a chance!!!
    I moved to NC just his April. Thankfully, I had 2 years of RN experience behind me. I would say that I applied for around 15 CMC jobs and never even received an interview. They also took forever updating the application to "not hired."

    I would say for you to focus on Presbyterian and its affiliates and also Gaston Memorial. I actually ended up with 2 interviews at Presbyterian and one at Gaston. I was offered one and took it without looking back. My neighbor searched around for a long time as a new grad and eventually was hired at Forsyth. We are both making over 30 mile commutes each way. However, the ticket is just to get hired within an organization. It is much easier to then move about. Anyway, good luck.
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    Quote from KPerezRN
    I am a new graduate nurse and I sat down and applied to 41 jobs online for CMC (all of which said experience preferred but not required, or had NO response to and experience needed). The really depressing part is that within 2 hours of my applying to ALL those positions they all said Application filed, not hired. How to the know enough about you to just say no within minutes of receiving your application?I am a new graduate nurse and I sat down and applied to 41 jobs online for CMC (all of which said experience preferred but not required, or had NO response to and experience needed). The really depressing part is that within 2 hours of my applying to ALL those positions they all said Application filed, not hired. How to the know enough about you to just say no within minutes of receiving your application?
    The HR person probably saw that you applied for 41 positions at one time and rejected you outright because a serious candidate would only apply for a few focused positions.

    Quote from KPerezRN
    One of the draws to nursing for me was that we were supposed to be in high demand. Where is the demand? Because I surely don't see it. In our class alone we had 36 new grads so where are we all going to go? Some of the ones who had a job already just got promoted up the ladder but what about the ones who didn't. Do we just get left out? How are we ever going to get the years of experience if we are not given a chance!!!


    The "High" Demand days are gone.

    There are so many experienced nurses coming to the area that new grads don't really have a chance. My friend that recently got hired at CMC told me that 1/2 of the new nurses were from out of state and the newly hired nurses had an average of 8 years of experience. This makes it impossible for new grads to get hired.

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    It's bad in most places in NC right now. I just got hired in a Greensboro hospital with a whole bunch of 2010 New Grads and they even said they felt lucky to be chosen because many of their classmates are still looking. Remember too that most deadlines for New Grad programs have long ago expired and their programs are now full.

    Last year when I graduated I tried getting into many hospitals here (I had moved here from Iowa) and they kept saying the same thing "we can't even hire are own, how can we look at you?" I'm assuming they meant that they couldn't even hire they own workers like CNAs, LPNs, etc...who have since graduated from RN programs and have their degree but the hospital doesn't have anything for them.

    It's even bad for experienced nurses. I had orientation along with 2 nurses with 20-30 years of experience but one only got hired PRN because they hired New Grads for most of their full-time positions. The other had to take a refresher course at the hospital first (that SHE pays for) because she hasn't worked in an acute care setting in the last 5 years (even though she had once worked as an ICU nurse). They won't even guarantee her a job when she's done!

    It's just a bad time to get hired right now. If you don't have a BSN or MSN degree, I suggest getting more education first and hopefully by the time you graduate things will have improved!
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    Quote from KPerezRN
    It is sad to say that it is still like that in Charlotte. I am a new graduate nurse and I sat down and applied to 41 jobs online for CMC (all of which said experience preferred but not required, or had NO response to and experience needed). The really depressing part is that within 2 hours of my applying to ALL those positions they all said Application filed, not hired. How to the know enough about you to just say no within minutes of recieving your application? One of the draws to nursing for me was that we were supposed to be in high demand. Where is the demand? Because I surely don't see it. In our class alone we had 36 new grads so where are we all going to go? Some of the ones who had a job already just got premoted up the ladder but what about the ones who didn't. Do we just get left out? How are we ever going to get the years of experience if we are not given a chance!!!
    You were probably told "No" so quickly because you are a new grad and you applied for those positions. CMC (and most of the area hospitals) require you to apply specifically as a new grad. If you go on their website you can hunt around the career search page and find a link that says "New Nurse Graduates" and you apply to a job position that is posted as "New Grad RN." You don't actually apply to a unit like you did in your post. All of the hospitals I looked at during my job hunt were done like this. The hiring process for new grads are done totally different from other RN positions.

    My job hunt was a little difficult as well, but thankfully I found a position. Right now the hiring comes down to who you know and how you're affiliated with the hospital. If you're a current employee of a hospital, you have a great chance of getting a job there. Otherwise, you better start making friends with hiring managers during clinicals and internships. You really do have to make connections and make them work for you. Current employees made recommendations to the hiring manager that gave me an interview. I think it was many of those employees that helped persuade the hiring manager to hire me.

    Good luck to everyone out there hunting!


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