Dear Nurse Beth,
I'm currently unemployed. I have been looking for a job for 13 months and no one will hire me. I have over 23 years experience as a nurse. My background is in critical care/ER. I'm also 59 years of age and male. I live in the Atlanta area and I see several openings for RN's, I apply and no one calls me for a interview by phone or in person. I would like to know if there is a shortage or the employers are "picky", or the employers have so many people to pick and chose. I need some help/information to find a job. Please keep me anonymous. Thank you
Dear No Calls for an Interview,
Hang in there and let’s see what can be done to improve your prospects.
If you have been submitting resumes now for 13 months with no “bites”, the problem may be your resume. At first glance, your extensive critical care/ED experience is golden! But something in your resume is holding you back.
You could be experiencing ageism. Read Is Age Discrimination Real?
Older nurses command a higher salary and often their experience is not as valued as it should be.
Minimize or shorten your work history in your resume- go back 10 or 15 years, not 23. Under Education, list your degrees but not year graduated. Leave off ‘References on Request”, it is a given and is an outdated phrase.
Is your email address professional and up to date? Best is firstname.lastname@example.org
. If your email is aol.com, get a new one.
Do you have a Linkedin profile? If you are seriously job searching, build one and include the link in your resume. Are you purposefully individualizing your resume to each potential employer? Remember, your resume is not about you- it’s about what you can do for them.
What active networking are you doing? A majority of jobs are secure by networking. Read 5 Networking Myths
. Your full time job now is...landing a job.