So my story is becoming more like a bad Gilligans Island rerun!
New Grad loved school, excited to work (anywhere) and no job. My location currently has something like a billion New Grads all fighting each other for work (doing anything,anywhere,for any type of pay. Mainly we walk around saying please take advantage of us we desperately want a job!)
My question is should I apply to every single opening I find (hundres of listings) or should I only apply to the jobs that say New Grad welcome ( >5 listings a week if you are lucky) Am I plaicing my name on some sort of HR imaginary black list if I apply for everything?
Do I also become more competitive if I get certified in everything (ACLS,PALS,NRP,ect) or again am I wasting hundreds of dollars placing me further in debt?
All thoughts and suggestions are appreciated! ( and if you happen to be hiring Let me Know!!
Dec 13, '11
by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
This is how I would tackle it if I were a new grad...actually, it's kind of how I did tackle it as a new grad.
If you're applying to a RN position requiring a minimum of three years' experience: waste of time.
If you're applying to a RN position requiring a year of specialized experience (e.g., psych, ICU, peds): also a waste of time...unless you worked as a LVN/CNA/tech in that specific field. If you have done so, then IMO it's worth a shot since at least you'd have some experience and exposure to the specialty (albeit not as a RN) and could maybe sell yourself enough. But it's a long shot.
If you're applying to a RN position requiring a year of acute experience: may be possible but the reality is that it is also a long shot. Your call as to whether to apply.
If you're applying to a RN position stating that experience is preferred: go for it.
If something says "No New Grads": waste of time unless you know someone on the inside that can help you get past this or have a lot of experience as a tech/CNA/LVN that could help carry you through. Again, another long shot.
Substitute "LVN" for "RN" if you're a LVN reading this.
Last edit by Meriwhen on Dec 13, '11