29 applications in and still no job!!! 29 applications in and still no job!!! - pg.2 | allnurses

29 applications in and still no job!!! - page 2

I graduated a few months back, passed NCLex last month on my first try, had good grades and excellent references but little job history as I was a stay at home mom for most of my adult life. I've now... Read More

  1. Visit  fromtheseaRN profile page
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    i applied to over 100 within my first month of being licensed. although i was hired at an outpatient women's clinic 30 days after my nclex, i am still applying to open hospital positions. i have close to 200 applications out currently, and actually finally have a few interviews coming up at my dream hospital. i fished around online for who their nursing recruiter is, and i called and talked with her for awhile. every new grad looks the same on applications- you need to talk to someone to stick out.
    good luck!
  2. Visit  elprup profile page
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    ESME12 - exactly!!!!There are over 600,000 allnurses members, just think what we could change if we stuck together, educated the public, and made the truth be known!?
  3. Visit  BearishBob profile page
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    HR are gatekeepers of the hospital who filter out applications based on the criteria posted for the job. It doesn't matter that a nurse manager might make an exception for you, the NM probably will not even see your application because you don't match the job requirements.

    So my advice to you is to skip HR completely, at least in the begining. Put on some business casual attire or scrubs and march right up to the nurse managers office on the floor you want to work on. Try to arrive a few hours after shift change. Introduce yourself and say you're a new grad looking for a job. Drop off your resume. If the NM invites you in to talk to her, its a win. You get some facetime with the NM while she looks over your resume. Try and be extroverted for 15 mins, even if you're shy. Make a good impression.

    I graduated in 2010 and I put in 2 applications before I got a job.
  4. Visit  mmc51264 profile page
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    I applied for about 50 positions. Got 4 interviews (3 at the same organization). Ended up getting a job where my clinical instructor from first semester of Nursing school ended up. Almost all of my classmates that got jobs either already worked there in some capacity or made contacts through clinical/precepting.
  5. Visit  PacoUSA profile page
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    Expect to have an arduous job search if all you're doing is "submitting applications" without personal contact ... you need to go out there and meet people that hire face-to-face if you want to see results. Without this effort, you are just one of hundreds of resumes they receive. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. I should know.
  6. Visit  Trei1972 profile page
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    I'm in Colorado and have started to apply in California after seeing how many places are hiring. I could get a CA license by endorsement. Are they even hiring new grads with no paid experience? I have some really great experience after doing 9 mos in medical ICU and excellent references from my preceptors.
  7. Visit  Trei1972 profile page
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    And I haven't yet found ANY places close by that I can walk in and talk to a human. Well, except I did find a nursing home today in my local city that said to bring the resume in person. I'm going there tomorrow.
  8. Visit  Dalla profile page
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    Yep, nursing homes are probably going to be your best bet. Get some experience there for a couple of years and then maybe move on to home health. The jobs are with the elderly population.
  9. Visit  amandaeslattery profile page
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    BearishBob

    So my advice to you is to skip HR completely, at least in the begining. Put on some business casual attire or scrubs and march right up to the nurse managers office on the floor you want to work on. Try to arrive a few hours after shift change. Introduce yourself and say you're a new grad looking for a job. Drop off your resume. If the NM invites you in to talk to her, its a win. You get some facetime with the NM while she looks over your resume. Try and be extroverted for 15 mins, even if you're shy. Make a good impression.
    WOW. I am impressed. I graduated in May in PA and due to a change of events I got my license switched over to IL. I have sent out about 100 applications and still nothing. Its a little hard for me to just "pop" in to see a nurse manager considering I still currently live in PA, however from what you said- I'm realizing it might be worth it. Just one question for you or anyone else who has tried this: Do you always get positive reactions to this? My first thought when I read this was that I would be annoying the Nurse Manager and that I would come off obnoxious. I know how busy nurses can be and how hectic change of shift often is. Is there a best way to approach this? because I feel like my mindset is a little off right now....
  10. Visit  marcos9999 profile page
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    You are kidding right? 29 applications? I've heard of people who only got a job after 2000 applications! I'm about on the 350 mark. I'm doing about 5 a day and I know it takes a long time to get one done so you have to be patient.
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  11. Visit  Nurse Connie profile page
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    Quote from Trei1972
    and so, after these 100's of applications in many states, you guys did get jobs, right?
    I finally got a job 8 months after graduation, 5 months after passing the NCLEX. And only because one of my professors got me the interview. It sucks out there. Good luck!
  12. Visit  PacoUSA profile page
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    It bears repeating: don't expect fast results if all you're going to do is sit @ home churning out your resume into the internet. The most successful candidates that get interviews and jobs fastest are the ones that have some human contact, the ones that actually pound the pavement to get noticed. Very very few employers will notice you based on a piece of paper these days (or in 21st century speak, a Word or PDF document). Networking is still underestimated. It's truly still a who-you-know market.
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  13. Visit  hapahaole profile page
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    I still think 29 is a lot of applications, particularly if the field you're interested in is very specific: ie PICU. Finding new grad positions in an area like that can be tedious and time-consuming. I sent out around 35 applications and had 2 interviews: UCSF and CHOP. I landed the PICU job at CHOP but had to fly myself to PA on my dime. I had no connections to the hospital and was very surprised to have even been considered! So, it is possible.

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