Wondering why you can't get hired or promoted: Resume + Interview hints! - page 19

by NRSKarenRN Admin

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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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    the "[color=#333366]healthcare resume readiness quiz" link doesn't work. is there an updated version you could provide? thanks so much for providing all the info btw.


    updated link. karen
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    Any nurse recruiters/human resources willing to look over my resume and critique? Very much appreciated...Please let me know and I will forward it to you?
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    WOW! What a store house of info!!! Thanks!
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    Hi all,

    After hearing so many folks who are surprised at the difficulty getting a job, I thought I'd post a bit on my history.

    I worked at my hospital as a CNA for .. about 18 years. Got into a scholarship program affiliated with the hospital (not funded BY it), which put me through RN, and then BSN. Got the RN in 08 and took boards that Fall. So as of Oct 2008 I'm "a nurse". Did they hire me? No.

    Just about the same time, 1-the hospital became unionized (nursing union) and 2-the economy hit the toilet. Long story short, all the former intermittant nurses were scrambling for anything open, and since they were union - pretty much no one who wasn't was being hired. After about a year of applying in house, I started looking for "anything", so I ended up getting 2 weekend only jobs at 2 LTC places (oddly enough both were dementia units) even while I continued to apply at the hospital.

    Then they d/c'ed CNA positions, as they wanted to switch to medical assistants in the clinics (I was a clinic float at the time). I couldn't get certified because I had the "wrong credientials", couldn't keep my job, and breifly transferred to Poison Control, where, well, it was a poor fit. I was within a week of losing my position at the hospital (and the rest of the scholarship) when miraculously I was accepted into Psych in Nov 09 (a little over a year, and 32 internal applications later). Oddly enough the fact that I had dementia experience had been a plus.

    My take home? Apply. Don't give up. Get experience ANYWHERE even the places "I would never want to work" because any step is a good step. At any point in my months and apps I could have walked away, and I would have missed out on working in psych, and getting so excited about it that this is my specialty of choice as I pursue my NP doctorate.

    Dian
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    During my RN education program, my instructors told me that it was OK to bring notes to your interview! It's better to be prepared than to spend 5 minutes thinking of an answer!
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    When writing a cover letter, how do you know who the recipient is? The HR staff member that contacted me for my interview is not the person who will be interviewing me. I only know the name and not the title? Any suggestions on generic recipients?
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    Quote from lkadams
    When writing a cover letter, how do you know who the recipient is? The HR staff member that contacted me for my interview is not the person who will be interviewing me. I only know the name and not the title? Any suggestions on generic recipients?
    I would make a point of calling the HR staff member who initially contacted you and ask them who you should address the cover letter to and if they don't give you an answer then I would put "Nurse Recruiter" but only do that if they do not give you a specific addressee or if they request you to address the cover letter with that title.

    !Chris
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    Quote from cjcsoon2brn
    I would make a point of calling the HR staff member who initially contacted you and ask them who you should address the cover letter to and if they don't give you an answer then I would put "Nurse Recruiter" but only do that if they do not give you a specific addressee or if they request you to address the cover letter with that title.

    !Chris
    Thank you. I have already submitted my application and have an interview scheduled today...I had submitted my application and resume w/o a cover letter...so is it a waste of time to give them one now? I guess I really wasn't all too prepared, just eager to get a new job! And good luck on your NCLEX today! I take mine July 12!
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    Wow! This seems to be extremely helpful. Thank you so much for sharing. I am working on a new resume now and have new hope of being hired as a "new grad". Thanks again!
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    hello
    I am a registerd nurse. I really need help from a recruiter to review my resume and cover letter. I have applied to many jobs over the years but can't get a job or even an interview. please help me.
    Thank you


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