Wondering why you can't get hired or promoted: Resume + Interview hints! - page 13

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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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    (Be polite to everyone that you come into contact with. I've tossed applications because the applicant was rude to our HR receptionist!):yeahthat:
    Always be nice to those in any of these positions. Our receptionist has taught me a great deal about this, "see how far that get's you" as their demands get moved to the bottom of the pile.
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    Quote from mjwhitley1313
    I am a current medical surgical nurse of about 1 year and 2 months. I have my BSN. My question is r/t a job posting which I feel is right up my alley, a nurse recruiter. I know I don't have experience but I feel I would really like this job. Should I apply? Any advice?
    Yes! Apply! I'm sure they may be looking for a nurse who has more experience, but I also believe that they would be wise to hire someone who has a passion for the work. If you're honest about your intentions, express your desire to learn and grow in the position, and present a positive attitude then you could potentially be the right person for the job. I'm even thinking that 1 year of beside nursing is enough to understand the needs and qualifications of a prospective new hire.

    Best of luck! Be sure to post what you decide and how your application goes!
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    Karen, thanks so much for the advice for resumes. I am trying to re-enter nursing after a 7 year clinical absence from a terrible MVA that left me with a recent BKA, but now I am walking as good as anyone. I will be taking a nurse refresher course in October, but was hoping I could get a job without it. I have been to one interview but did not get the job. I felt as though it was a great interview and was called two days later asking if I was still interested and that human resources would be getting in touch with me. They did, saying that I would hear from them again after the weekend and that they had the final say. I never got the call. I didn't know quite what to do. The woman from human resources said she would be the one to decide and had called to confirm the reason for my 7 year absence. I did work for one year during my rehab, but it wasn't clinical. This was a pediatricians office and I knew all the doctors from my previous job before I was hurt. I used to work in the local Level II nursery. I thought I was a "shoe in". I sent a thank you letter to the nurse I interviewed with, thinking that might let me know something, but I never heard a word. Very disappointing. I answered all of her medical questions correctly, and I felt that it was a great interview. Guess God has other plans for me and wants me to take the refresher course, $435 later. Thanks so much!
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    Just what I needed a few days ago, job interview tips.

    For all you hiring experts: I had an RN job interview yesterday, it was a panel that consisted of an RN, Case Manager and one more person that (I know I am bad) I sincerely donít remember what position she holds. To make things even worse I was so nervous and focusing on my posture that I forgot their names. I know the case managers name but the other two I have no idea.
    What do you recommend I do to find out? Who can I call to find out with out making a full out of my self?
    I want to send them a thank you letter but it would be nice to address them by name.

    One more question for you.

    What goes through your mind when you interview someone that has a good cover letter, a good resume and you've heard from current employees and employers that they would be good candidate for the job but then comes the interview and that person (like me) gets all nervous and doesnít respond as great as you expected or wished for?

    Yes, this happened to me and the worst thing is that I TRULY believe that I can do a great job as a RN at this place. I have the skills and the desire to give it my all and LEARN LEARN LEARN. I hope they sow through my nervousness and give me a chance to show them that I can do the job.
    Thank you for your advice!!! Hope to read from you soon.
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    This question is directed to any nurse managers/ recruiters that may read this:
    Would you ever consider hiring a nurse that is on probation for practice outside scope of license, even if rn is 100% up front about her situation? Why or why not? Is there anything a nurse on probation could do to increase her chance of getting a job? I need a management perspective! Thanks!
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    I was wondering. I am going to an open house at a hospital I am interested in applying to for a NICU position, and they said to bring a copy of my resume, does that have to include a cover letter? My school has never taught us anything about writing resumes so I am only going from what I have learned on here.

    Thanks =)
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    i see this tread has been going on for quite a while but I am in my 4th quarter of nursing school and we are working on our resumes. I've been reading all of the posts about not listing clinical rotations in your resumes so i'm not really sure what I should put. I've been a stay at home mom/professional student for the last 11 years. (My husband is in the military so we move every 2 years or so, so i only get to take a semester or two at a time). I have no work experience and my only training is my clinical stuff. what should i put on my resume?
    Sammi
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    Quote from sammirn08
    i see this tread has been going on for quite a while but I am in my 4th quarter of nursing school and we are working on our resumes. I've been reading all of the posts about not listing clinical rotations in your resumes so i'm not really sure what I should put. I've been a stay at home mom/professional student for the last 11 years. (My husband is in the military so we move every 2 years or so, so i only get to take a semester or two at a time). I have no work experience and my only training is my clinical stuff. what should i put on my resume?
    Sammi
    When i made my resume, I listed my clinicals that were relevant to the position. For example, I applied for a postpartum position so I listed where I did the OB and PP clinicals. I also applied for a NICU job so I listed that I had 2 clinical days of experience in one so they would know I had some idea of what goes on.
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    Quote from texas2007
    When i made my resume, I listed my clinicals that were relevant to the position. For example, I applied for a postpartum position so I listed where I did the OB and PP clinicals. I also applied for a NICU job so I listed that I had 2 clinical days of experience in one so they would know I had some idea of what goes on.

    Thanks texas2007! That really helps. since I have no real experience anywhere except med-surg, i'll have to use my "special" days to my advantage. We only do one day in the ED, IV therapy, OR, L & D, etc...I really want to work in the NICU so hopefully I'll have something I can use.
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    Since all nursing programs have same requirments regarding clinical training, it is NOT necessary to list clinical experiences on a resume, is viewed as "padding" resume or making one appear to have PAID WORK experience when if fact part of education.

    ONLY list clinical experience if extra course beyond program basics.


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