I graduated in 2010 and found it difficult to get into a hospital, even if they had a GN program (got turned down from one), so I took a job in a long term/rehab facility where I have been for the last 18 months. I've done exceptionally well, and was promoted to charge nurse in July, 2011 for both units. Once I hit a year of experience, I really wanted to move into a hospital, where I could get more experience and I can't break the barrier to even get an interview. All of the hospitals here in Jax, FL use online systems and I have applied to more than 50 positions, made phone call after phone call to recruiters, sent them emails, called on my classmates and other friends who are 'inside' and can't even get a chance to interview. I did have 2 interviews for the same job I didn't apply for and didn't get it (I wasn't qualified and wasn't sure why they even considered me-they pulled my resume from other applications). When I tried to find out why I can't even get my resume considered, one contracting firm said it was because of where I work: sub-acute. Really frustrated now and can't help but wonder if its an age issue. I had a 27 year career with Blue Cross Blue Shield (so I have a ton of customer service, technology and management experience), but decided to pursue a nursing career after going through a 2nd 'downsizing' in 2008. Any advice out there?