New Grads vs Me. I hate this economy. - page 4

So I graduated in May 2009 when the economy took that wonderful fall and all the glorious stories you heard during nursing school, such as "$10,000 sign on bonus", "hospitals need nurses!", "you'll have job security as a nurse"... Read More

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    i will try what weebabyrn recommends..... its hard out their; i am a memeber of the ana, psna, just enrolled in aorn, i have my bsn, rn i grad in 2009. and i am currently working at a subacute/ short stay unit.... and i have applied everywhere... i cant even get one call back from any hospital... its rough out here.... stay positive everyone...

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    Quote from KittyinNj
    im a recent graduate may 2011. All of you who say email HR, go to job fairs, is just not worth it. My friend is an HR manager, she gets inundated with emails from new grads, rns from ltc and exp nurses. they do not have time for each personally email. I went to a job fair in NYC last week WASTE of time! all required 1-3 years of hospital exp! the only ones who took new grads were southern states!

    whats ridiculous is how are you supposed to get this experience when no one wants to give you a fair shot?!
    everyone that i know that got a job KNEW someone. I got a part time job by knowing the nurse manager LOL! so basically its not even about the degree, gpa, experience, its all who U know!!!! yay for being an RN

    This is not always the case, I'm afraid.

    I'm a new-grad and I got my full-time, permanent job by attending a job fair. I didn't get interviewed for anything at the fair itself, but the managers who I talked to liked me enough to put me on file for any future positions that would suit me. One day, I randomly get called with an interview offer... and now I'm hired.

    Sure this isn't common, but job fairs are still a shot at getting face time with people with the power to hire. If you go and are able to somehow make an impression it can be very much worth it! Speaking in-person and physically handing them your resume and getting to know them at least a little bit goes -way- farther than just plopping your data into the giant pile of new-grad apps sent in online.
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    i did feel job fairs were a waste of time. I like how they came to our school "recruiting nurses" and when i went to give them my resume or talk to them they were like "Have you worked with our system before?"
    no, i have not worked at this hospital....this is why im talking to you idiot!!!

    then there were separate applications for someone who doesn't work at that hospital system or someone who has in the past or already does. The applications i took, for someone who DIDNT work in the hospital system were like Your name....your number...if your BSN or ADN....3 references and most recent employer. That was it!!!! Didn't have spaces to fill in about volunteer hours, other jobs we have had, what scholarships we have recieved, research we have done etc. BUT the job applications for hiring someone internally, asked all those things.

    i did work as a CNA in a hospital during that time, and thats how i was able to get my job. But had i not had my CNA job in the hospial, i'd probably still be trying to find work or working a nursing job i wasn't happy with.
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    So I followed the steps from this thread that I found back in November:
    and in the poster talks about how she super stalks recruiters and sends them her resumes thus scoring her dream job. All in the span of 3 weeks. It took me 2 weeks!! Ha!
    I GOT A JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I followed her suggestions and created a Linked In account, searched for recruiters, DONs, PCDs, at all the hospitals I wanted to work at. Snazzed up my resume and wrote a really great CL w/ an eye catching opening sentence "So&So Hospital is known for their mission in providing high-class patient care and satisfaction." Yup, I researched the hospitals and implemented their "vision" or "mission" statement in my CL. I used the tricks for the email addresses and verified them on sent them away on November 28th and 29th. I got 2 emails back from one hospital from the DONs saying that they are happy that I'm interested and I should apply online, yada, yada, yada. Wrote them back thanking them for their response. Then BOOM the 30th I got a call from a recruiter at their hospital! Coincidence?! I think not!!! Especially since I applied at this hospital 2 months prior with no call backs. Had a phone interview w/ the nurse recruiter. I really let my charismatic personality shine. She told me she would send mY resume to the PCD and I would hear back within the week. BOOM!! The VERY next morning I got a call back from her to set up an interview. Interviewed for the Total Joint Replacement Unit on Med/Surg on December 2nd. The interview went great. I met with the recruiter and we discussed benefits, interviewed with the PCD, had a panel interview with the nurses on the unit after the unit tour. Again, I let my sparkling personality shine and really pressed about my passion for patient care and team work. Met with the PCD again who said she wanted to hire me and would like me to continue in the hiring process. Did a drug screen that day and another phone interview the following monday. Then I got my official "You're Hired" call yesterday!! I start orientation on Jan. 9 making $10 more than I make now. I got my 12s on the night shift PLUS they are willing to work around my schedule w/ church and give me Thursday & Saturday nights off. And the HUGE plus is they want me to pursue my BSN and will pay 100% if I go to George Mason. What?!?!?! AND a $500 bonus once I get my BSN. DOUBLE WHAT?!?! The only thing is they require a 2 year contract after my 90 days, but I'm totally ok with that! They told me I can transfer to different units if it doesn't work out. So ecstatic!! Happy Dance!!! WHOOP WHOOP!!!

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    Sushi -

    Glad to hear that you and your FABULOUS personality did so well!

    Seriously, congratulations on figuring out how to rise above the rest.

    Obviously you do not have any issues with lack of self esteem....
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    Hi SushiRN,

    Congrats on the job!! Your 1st post said you graduated in 2009 and then your post above says that your employer wants you to pursue your BSN at GMU, so I'm guessing you got your ASN/ADN in 09. Do you think this was part of the reason you were having trouble finding an RN job (not having BSN)?

    With all this talk about BSNs over ASNs you'd think admission rates to ADN programs would be lower but it still looks like people are applying to these programs. Even though I know the BSN "is better" (for hiring purposes), the ADN/ASN still looks attractive (mainly b/c they're still competitive/up and running and CHEAPER).

    Just wondering about your thoughts....I want to go to nursing school. Would love to do an Accelerated BSN for career changers but they are so expensive (in DC area) compared to ASN/ADN degree.
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    Sushi, well done! Best wishes on your new job, looks like
    it is a great opportunity for you career wise, fits your family needs,
    and the bonus perks, just lovely. Maybe there is hope for the rest of us!

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