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I am getting rather down and frustrated. I am aware that they want experience but how can I get any experience if no one is willing to give me a chance to show that I want to work hard for them and... Read More

  1. Visit  DTWriter profile page
    #26 2
    Quote from cdthorste
    It was hell for me to find my first nursing job. I did everything suggested in Nurse Beth's response. And more.

    started applying and networking from the very first day of nursing school.

    i even sent out resumes and spoke to the nurse managers at my clinical rotations (kindly, respectfully, non-aggressively).

    Paid a lot of money to have my resume professionally rewritten.

    went to every single clinical instructor I had and said "I would love to get hospital experience before I become an NP. Do you have any advice about how I can land a job?"

    i I went to CEUs in what little spare time I had

    got to know other nurses at my internship and felt like I fit in

    applied to jobs that I felt that fewer, experienced nurses wanted (nights/weekends)....always low balled it when the application asked me how much I wanted to make. Even if it meant living in poverty and renting out a shoe box

    several times I dressed up nice, office-casual and made my hair up into a perfectly coiffed bun. Applied some light makeup, put on my heel-scraping dress shoes and walked from hospital to hospital. Going into any med surg unit that would allow me access. I handed my resume to nurse managers with a warm smile and a handshake. One of them was and said she'd get back to me. One of them told me to come back in a week. When I returned exactly 7 days later, she blew up at me. Threw the resume in my face and yelled at me for being so arrogant as to come back and ask about job opportunities. I smiled warmly and said "if you know of any. You have my number."

    went to job fairs for nurses

    went to professional career counselors who led classes on finding work and perfecting your elevator pitch

    emailed and called my old professors and explained that I was still six months unemployed. They were sympathetic but had no ideas for me (one told me to apply to be a travel nurse.....with no experience.)

    I sent 500 resumes out. Nothing

    then I moved to Texas and got 4 job offers in a week.

    quit giving out stupid career advice and just cut to the chase: go where the jobs are.
    If I could give you multiple likes (without making multiple accounts), I would.

    As one of my siblings would say, "No causality."

    Seriously, you can do everything "right" but still get no job. Just go where the jobs are.

    Oh, and the whole "this type of RN experience will block you out of that type of RN experience" is BS. Any type of RN experience (whether it be hospital, SNF, LTC, clinic, doctor's office, etc.) is valuable. There are hiring managers out there who will take nurses who have RN experience in something rather than those who did nothing for months on end because they were waiting for that "perfect" job; you just have to go out there and find them. Be "One Piece" about it.

    Side note: Though, don't get me wrong. I am not saying that you should accept just "any" job offer. At least, do not feel compel to stay in a place where you feel uncomfortable and constantly depressed, especially if you can afford to move on.
  2. Visit  ~Shrek~ profile page
    #27 2
    If you are willing to work outside the hospital setting or move, you will get a job in no time!
  3. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
    #28 1
    Quote from DTWriter
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    Oh, and the whole "this type of RN experience will block you out of that type of RN experience" is BS. Any type of RN experience (whether it be hospital, SNF, LTC, clinic, doctor's office, etc.) is valuable. There are hiring managers out there who will take nurses who have RN experience in something rather than those who did nothing for months on end because they were waiting for that "perfect" job; you just have to go out there and find them. Be "One Piece" about it.

    Side note: Though, don't get me wrong. I am not saying that you should accept just "any" job offer. At least, do not feel compel to stay in a place where you feel uncomfortable and constantly depressed, especially if you can afford to move on.
    Agree.

    I went from Critical Care (not a fit) to LTC, to Post Acute to an ED. It is very possible; it also helps working outside of the hospital setting because there are so many conditions managed at home or in a nursing home when those patients appear in the ED, having that working knowledge is essential.
  4. Visit  osi2011 profile page
    #29 0
    OMG! I can't believe people would actually do something like that!!! Why fuzzy pjs?!! Sometimes I wonder if common sense is actually common...
  5. Visit  strawberryluv profile page
    #30 0
    Maybe consider looking outside of acute care. I got my first job at a long term care with short term rehab. It was a horrible three months in that position that drove me crazy but I learned a lot. It was almost having the acute care vibe working rehab. It is definitely a challenge to work rehab. If you want a taste of acutr care, try short term rehab a.k.a subacute.

    Nursing homes generally seem to take new grads quickly and I am loving long term care even though I looked down on it while in school as not being the specialty I wanted to be in. Well, look at me now...seven months post passing nclex and I am still in this speciality. Try some other areas to see if it's a fit.
  6. Visit  amaiasmom profile page
    #31 2
    I'm also a new grad looking for my first job. I graduated with a MSN from a top school, have almost a 4.0, amazing letters of recommendation from clinical faculty, many years of research experience, clinical experiences from a highly ranked teaching hospital, a polished resume approved by my university's career experts, extensive global and community volunteer experiences, and was the recipient of a couple prestigious awards and I have been offered 1 interview since May and didn't get the job. I have been rejected by almost all of the hospitals I have applied to without an offer for an interview! It's still early for me and I'm hopeful but I completely understand your frustration and I'm just telling you my story to let you know you're not alone. I did everything in my power to set myself apart from other candidates. At this point it's in God's hands. Best of luck to you.
  7. Visit  Lovekaylanicole profile page
    #32 1
    I graduated May 2014 and passed my NCLEX in June 2014. I applied to nearly 10 hospitals within a 60ish mile radius and put out nearly 200 applications. Keep checking back. All it takes is one person to take a chance on you. All of my friends found a job way before me and I was also discouraged. I ended up starting on a med surg floor in September 2014. Also, many hospitals have new graduate programs but only do them at certain times of the years, so look for that also. Keep your head up and keep applying! New positions are posted daily. Also keep a look out for hiring events!
  8. Visit  melissa.in.san.diego profile page
    #33 0
    I could not agree more. I secured a critical care position a month before graduation. I was the ONLY person with a job. How? I relocated. I wasn't about to be that one person 6 months out of school without a job...nope...I got bills to pay!

    I applied to 6 different states, and took the first job offer...packed my clothes, threw the dogs in the car, and set off on a new journey. I have never once regretted that choice, and now I'm 2 years in, and the opportunities are absolutely endless! YOU GOTTA BE WILLING TO RELOCATE! Especially if you live in a big metro area.
  9. Visit  krystalized58 profile page
    #34 0
    Hopefully you have already found a wonderful job but for others that experience this problem here is my 2 cents. My best friend had a really hard time finding a job due to lack of experience when she first got her license. She was told several times that she just didn't have enough experience. She would consistently complain to me that it was unfair. I reviewed her resume not as her friend but as a boss and she had next to no experience listed. I immediately started asking her what skills she has mastered and would feel comfortable performing right now. She started telling me all sorts of procedures and skills she had done and feels comfortable with. I asked why she had not put that stuff down and she said because it was in nursing school! I explained to her that she needs to list that stuff under experience since that is exactly what it is. She listed all of it as clinical experience and is now working in a small hospital!

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