Advice from someone who hires - page 6

by Patti_RN

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First, you probably read books about putting a resume together, or even hired someone to polish yours. Those are good steps, but to set yourself apart from the masses, you need to do more. Before you even start writing your... Read More


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    This has been a most informative thread, and I want to thank everyone in hiring capacities for their advice. I have been a graduated nurse RN BSN since 2007. I did not go into nursing immediately after graduating nursing school, i ended up taking up a clinical support position in medical device due to previous customer service background, long story short the the economy tanks late 2008, new grad and residency programs drop off the map. I continually send in applications and receive rejection letters. I finally get to speak to a live recruiter who advises me to register for a nurse refresher program which I finally was able to successfully complete. I was also infomred my not going into clinical nursing sends up a red flag. So I send out the same applications now with the refresher certification, add in ACLS, BLS, I still get rejected. I feel that I will need to build up my resume with more certifications such as 12-lead EKG, EKG interpretation, IV therapy, all at my expense to show my passion for nursing. I would be willing to continue to take clinical practicums at my expense until they equal the equivalent of 1 year experience. Any advice for this anomaly of a situation would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your kind attention.
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    Quote from lvn2bsoon
    I am just hoping with my BSN I have more luck. SUCKS to be an LPN right now!
    I have my BSN and I have yet to get any of this luck. Sucks to be a new nurse grad of any kind right now :/
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    Quote from Patti_RN
    I've read comments here and on other threads from applicants who are dissatisifed because the hiring manager didn't contact them afterward, or the director accepted a phone call in the midst of an interview, or the manager didn't spend enough time with them. There are some reasons this could happen, other than the interviewer being rude.
    I'm one of these people I guess...I metioned that my interviewer answered a page during my interview. Since I was sitting there I couldn't help but listen to her part of the conversation and while I see what you're saying, this definitely wasn't an urgent page. That, coupled with the other things (she had no idea what nursing school I went to despite having my resume in her hand, she promised to phone me on Friday with her decision and instead sent me a letter via bulk (!!!) mail 5 days later as an apparent afterthought, ignored my phone calls and emails as if they literally did not exist) all added up to me feeling completely irrelevant to this woman.

    I don't care how busy you are, it's not that difficult to not be blatantly rude. It obviously took more effort for her to type up a rejection and mail it to me than it would have been to pick up the telephone. It's like she went out of her way to make it harder for herself. She could have handled answering the page in a much better way than she did. She gave me the impression that she had absolutely no interest in me as a person or as a potential employee, and was just going through the motions so she could get me out of her hair as soon as possible. I'm sorry but that sucks. I can't stand when people look down their nose at you and get away with it because they're in a potition of power over you and their behavior is excused because they're "busy." Is my time not important also? If you don't have the time to devote your individed attention to the interview (emergencies excluded), re-schedule it for another time. That's just the way I feel...
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    Those are really helpful tips. I really think that it really helps to be confident about yourself, especially your skills. It also helps to make your resume as honest as possible, so the interviewer doesn't feel that what you and your resume are saying are conflicting.
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    This was tremendous advice. You are right, it can be very difficult to promote yourself. It seems a little awkward, but in the end it will pay off when you get to walk into a patient's room and introduce yourself as their nurse!
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    First, if you have a Facebook page, I will be looking for it. If it is not set up as a private account then I will assume that you want me to see everything on your account including embarrassing photos, terrible spelling and grammar, family and friends, etc... I can learn a lot about an employee in a very short time by checking their non-private Facebook account and I tend to look before I ever make a phone call for an interview. My suggestion is, no matter how perfect your life appears to be (to you) on Facebook, it would be in your best interest to make sure that prospective employers can not view

    And why would a prospective employer need to check one's facebook activity? That is a personal website used for socializing. Thats like following a applicant to a bar after work to see how they behave, how much they drink ect. That ridiculous. Honestly I think checking someones facebook is a bit much. I thought people were hired based on professional employment history, education ect. Checking criminal background, drug screening/medical is fine. Facebook snooping is too much, and also says alot about the employer.
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    Yeah checking facebook is a little bit crazy but many employers do that so be careful!
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    Yes, employers DO look at Facebook pages. Personally, I don't do it, but I know others who do. Not only do some managers check you out on Facebook, some actually ask you for your password during the interview. When I first heard that, I was stunned and I believe it's quite an invasion of a person's privacy. But, it is legal, (although it may be against Facebook's terms of service). My advice to anyone who is concerned about prospective employers (or current employers) stalking them on Facebook (or other social media) Close your account!

    As I said, I don't check anyone's Facebook, but I can see why others might do so. It's no different than hiring a background check company to look at an applicant. Some of the many things those background companies do is check your credit history, see if you have landlord/ tenant complaints, go to your neighbors at current and previous addresses and ask them questions, check your academic and employment history, see if you're the plaintiff or defendant in any legal proceedings, learn if you've ever filed for bankruptcy, and check your driving record... as well as your criminal history, drug screening, etc.

    Every applicant does the same when it comes to references: they include only the most glowing details of their employment and academic history. Employers want to know more about the applicant. When a person is hired and entrusted with the health and well-being of patients, given access to narcotics, and expected to be at work--on time--every workday, the employer has a duty to make sure that person is honest, dependable, and trustworthy.
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    Quote from Patti_RN
    Linda, I see this first-hand. I've had people come to interviews wearing scrubs, jeans and t-shirts, and even a young woman wearing pajama bottoms with a spaghetti-strap top! I think she really did just roll out of bed (it was an 11AM interview!)You're so right that finding a job IS a job! And, sadly people dismiss this kind of advice as old fashioned or 'we don't do that anymore', or 'that's what my parent's generation did'. Applicants need to present themselves to their audience, and most likely the interviewer will be older and professional.
    what is your advice for young second degree students, particulary those with health related degrees who are pursuing RN careers right after graduating college with first degree
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    Great thread! Thank you so much for your insight. I was wondering if you might help me with setting up my resume. I am a new grad with very little nursing experience, but I am also 50 years old with tons of experience in business ownership and mgmt. How might I intertwine that with a nursing resume?


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