Wondering why you can't get hired or promoted: Resume + Interview hints! - page 11

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look at your resume!!! i've been reviewing resumes for open positions in my department and can't believe the resumes i've received: misspelling, words crossed off, no cover letter, including personal information about family... Read More


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    Thanks Mike. Very classy to publically apologize.
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    Quote from Tweety
    Thanks Mike. Very classy to publically apologize.
    Thank you, my friend.

    But I do truly feel bad for losing my temper, especially here on allnurses.com. Everyone has been so welcoming and friendly.

    My grandmother, God bless her feisty little soul, once told me, "Michael! If you can't say something nice about somebody, don't say anything at all!''

    Yes, grammy! :icon_hug:
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    Thank you all for your advice. I moved home after school and got a job at the local hospital. I have no idea what my resume looked like but it worked. (My BSN program spent minimal time on preparing a resume.) Actually I think the advice that they gave us was to seek out the English Department's Lab. My resume is somewhere in "My Documents" and I think I need to pull it out and "dust it off" so to speak.
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    I have a question regarding this: I have been a paramedic for the last 11 years; in that time I have worked as a firefighter/paramedic, on both 911 and interfacility ambulances, in an urgent care, and as a flight paramedic. My skill base and knowledge base is far more extensive than the average new grad nurse, yet I am still without a job after more than six months post-graduation. I am presently going through the critical care nursing certification course as an independent study course, hoping to be able to take the test on my own when I am done.

    The reason is this: I have been told that my paramedic experience counts for nothing when it comes to nursing, yet the jobs that I am actually interested in (PACU, ICU, Tele, ER) all would be places that my skills in assessment and ability to act quickly based on rapidly changing (sometimes) patient conditions would be of primary importance.

    Also, I really want to work part time until I recertify as a paramedic yet most places, however short staffed, seem to only want full time employees.

    How do I get past these roadblocks?
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    Quote from susancoyotesfan
    I have a question regarding this: I have been a paramedic for the last 11 years; in that time I have worked as a firefighter/paramedic, on both 911 and interfacility ambulances, in an urgent care, and as a flight paramedic. My skill base and knowledge base is far more extensive than the average new grad nurse, yet I am still without a job after more than six months post-graduation. I am presently going through the critical care nursing certification course as an independent study course, hoping to be able to take the test on my own when I am done.

    The reason is this: I have been told that my paramedic experience counts for nothing when it comes to nursing, yet the jobs that I am actually interested in (PACU, ICU, Tele, ER) all would be places that my skills in assessment and ability to act quickly based on rapidly changing (sometimes) patient conditions would be of primary importance.

    Also, I really want to work part time until I recertify as a paramedic yet most places, however short staffed, seem to only want full time employees.

    How do I get past these roadblocks?
    OK, you have officially scared me. LOL

    I am in a similar circumstance, or rather I will be once I graduate. I have been a paramedic, remote medic on an offshore oil rig (suture, advanced airway, etc). On top of that, I am a 45 year old male. Are you telling me I am out of luck in terms of getting a job?????
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    Quote from susancoyotesfan
    I have a question regarding this: I have been a paramedic for the last 11 years; in that time I have worked as a firefighter/paramedic, on both 911 and interfacility ambulances, in an urgent care, and as a flight paramedic. My skill base and knowledge base is far more extensive than the average new grad nurse, yet I am still without a job after more than six months post-graduation. I am presently going through the critical care nursing certification course as an independent study course, hoping to be able to take the test on my own when I am done.

    The reason is this: I have been told that my paramedic experience counts for nothing when it comes to nursing, yet the jobs that I am actually interested in (PACU, ICU, Tele, ER) all would be places that my skills in assessment and ability to act quickly based on rapidly changing (sometimes) patient conditions would be of primary importance.

    Also, I really want to work part time until I recertify as a paramedic yet most places, however short staffed, seem to only want full time employees.

    How do I get past these roadblocks?

    I am sorry to hear about your troubles finding a job. I know the part-time bit may be what is hurting you the most. A lot of places don't like to hire a new graduate part time because the orientation and training process is based on a certain number of hours a week. Part time hours will prolong your orientation and hospitals want you trained and working as soon as possible. I don't know if this is why you are having trouble, but just a suggestion!! Good luck and keep trying!
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    I agree with the last post. Nearly all hospitals refuse to hire new grad nurses into part time positions. What they are willing to do is hire new grad nurses into full time positions working 3 twelve hour shifts per week.
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    Here's what bothers me about recruiters: I have it clearly stated on my resume that I'm a new grad, and they call me about positions requiring years of experience. Hello? Do they even bother to read? I know it's not all of them but when it happens it's really irritating.
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    I'm glad that this thread is still active, for I plan to utilize its tips and hints in preparation for my next interview, which is scheduled for this Thursday.

    Sadly, though, I am discovering that spending hours (and days) rewriting a resume, in addition to the time spent in completing an online application, not to mention the money I have invested in a wardrobe to wear to interviews, along
    with gas and wear and tear on my car is no guarantee that I will ever hear from
    a recruiter again.

    I can't help but wonder, too, if some of these recruiters even considered me as a serious candidate to begin with....or were just meeting their own agendas.

    Just my two cents (for what it is worth). I feel that my time and money is just as valuable as theirs....and they shouldn't be calling me in for an interview if they have no intention of hiring me to begin with.
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    I always take the interview as a practice session in expressing myself and improving my presentation skills.

    Getting better for when that really important situation arises down the road can be seriously important.


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