Same boat in Atlanta. I graduated with a BSN in May and passed the NCLEX in June.
HR is N-O help, whatsoever. If, BIG IF, they are nice enough or willing to speak with you, they will tell you that (just like the applicant) the resume/application status is all they can go by and once an application is "forwarded to manager" it is up to that manager to make a decision based on all 50, 150, or more applicants who pass the initial HR screening. But, most HR or recruiters will not even speak to you.
It's beyond frustrating.
It's downright DEPRESSING.
Here it is, 8 months post-graduation and 7 months with a license, and still no job. Like danarooo, the only position I've held is flu shot administration. Why weren't these realities touched on during school? It was all rainbows and sunshine throughout nursing school
, with the fact that, "this is the best time to become a nurse" or "nursing is recession proof" or "you'll always have a job." Yeah, sure all of these things are true, once you have legitimate experience as a nurse in a clinical setting and you're not a wet behind the ears, snot nose newbie. Or, if you know someone, knowing "higher-ups" in HR or management is how most of my former classmates got hired.
I've looked everywhere in Georgia, to no avail. I have 20 or 30 applications pending with 9 hospitals as of right now. Some are same ole, same ole, my application is "completed" or "received" or "reviewed" or "forwarded to manager" and then within a few days, up to 5 months later, the status changes to "filed, not hired" or "we've selected SEVERAL other candidates for consideration" or "position filled by another applicant." This has been going on since March of 2011. We were told to apply to positions during our senior year and I found that most places didn't even consider students. They wanted residents and interns with degrees, most importantly, licenses.
I'm just about at my whit’s end. I don't know what else I could possibly do or where else I could apply (out of state is not an option). I've called HRs. I've called and emailed managers (multiple times). I've faxed and brought in letters of recommendation. I've had my nursing school peers, advisor, and leadership instructor review and edit my resume. The only thing I haven't done is gone up to the nurse managers for whom I've applied to work and introduce myself out of the blue. My leadership instructor said that could be misconstrued as rude.
Oh well, thanks for being an outlet. :/