Degree type: Bachelors
Graduation month/year:May 2012
Age range: 30-34
Job Setting: Hospital
Geographical Location: Pennsylvania
How long have you been looking for your first job before being hired?
(I looked for a job prior to graduation and licensure; my nursing classes ended 12/11 and my accelerated required courses ended in March 2012; licensed in June 2012)
Did you do any volunteer work before your job?
Did you possess any additional certifications (i.e. ACLS) before you landed your first job?
No just BLS
Did a family/friend/clinical instructor or other connection help you land your job? Explain.
Nope, even though I knew 2 other people that worked at the hospital, I didn't use them.
Did you work in the health care setting at all before your job? If so, what field?
Yes, I worked as a PCT/CNA, and a LPN (12 years total)
Did you apply online, in person (at the facility), or other?
Did you participate in any follow-up inquiries after resume submittal of your application or interview? If so, explain. Email, phone call?
My process included phone screen, interview with HR, Nursing leadership, and peer shadowing. I communicated through email directly with my recruiter. During the process I communicated with her on a weekly-biweekly basis. She would call as well. The whole process from phone screen to job offer was 3 months.
How far away do you live from your job site? Include minutes/hours.
Did you hold a p/t or f/t job while enrolled in your nursing program. If yes, list whether it was p/t or f/t position:
Yes, LPN at pediatric extended care facility 30 hrs/wk (Part Time)
If you held a job during your nursing program that was not related to the health care field, please report the general field in which you worked (restaurant, retail, educational, business, etc.) Feel free to expand:
Did you receive any scholastic honors while in nursing school (Dean's List, Cum Laude, etc.?)
Nope, 2.89 GPA was good enough to land the job.
Because of my previous experience, I used a skills based résumé. I spoke to a recruiter at a career fair at the beginning of my job search. She gave me suggestions to improve my résumé, as well as suggested I work at my then current job for six months if I desired to land in a nurse-residency program. I tweaked my résumé, and got the call to my current job, as well as a reversal of 50 rejections per week.
I had been working at my previous job as a RN for 3 months. I started last week at my new position;I have been out of nursing courses for over a year before I started my nursing orientation, which is class time, then preceptorship/residency for 9-12 months.