How to find a job? - page 3

While there are many threads on this one, I thought I would ask. I graduated in May and got my RN license in July. I have been looking for almost 3 weeks for an RN position. First the hospitals, and now beginning to look at other... Read More

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    LOL!! 3weeks.. I am sorry I really do not mean to laugh but if you read some of the posts alot of us have been looking for 3-6-9-12 months post graduation - it is not easy at all.

    I graduated last december but I was fortunate that I was still able to keep my job as LVN while looking for a RN job and just last week was offered a RN job- not my dream job but it's a RN position.

    Good Luck to you!!

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    Quote from man-nurse2b
    Sorry its taking a while for many new grads, its scary cause I haven't even started nursing school yet. If you are not working at all, I'd try nursing support positions that have the graduate nurse requirement, such as PCA/PCT, phelebotomist, or tech positions, just anything get some sort of patient contact on your resume and to prevent that huge gap in your resume that I read about from many new nurse grads, being out of work for 1 plus years. While we all while we all want to graduate and get that ideal position, I think its critical to get any of these positions as soon as possible while waiting for that big break.

    I'd also take another look at your resume and make it functional, stating how past experience would help in your new career. e.g you may have zero hospital experience but 5 years at a call center helping keep customers calm. Also look up key words aka "tags" that are posted in nursing jobs and ensure that the majority of these tags are somewhere within your resume, so your resume can get a "hit" when employers are searching through the applicant list. Many people forget that job hunting is now done electronically and if you are missing keywords in your resume the computer will just dumb your resume during the initial screening process, in other words, noone would even see it. I believe It works pretty much like google search...websites have what are called meta tags or tags, and these tags make a difference of being at the top of google search list or being on page 1,000,000 that no normal internet user ever reads.
    What tags do you suggest?

    I am in the process of putting my resume together. Having worked on my last job for almost 25 years, it has been awhile since I last made one.

    Any help is appreciated.
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    Quote from man-nurse2b
    I actually agree with that statement, it's a risk for the graduate nurse because they will in essence be underemployed, and it's a risk to the employer cause they know you won't stick around. However, I've seen several positions for techs, clerks , PCT's that all say cerification or "graduate nurse" in the requirements, I do not understand the reasoning behind such postings. Maybe it's the employer's way of "test driving" the graduate nurse for an upcoming RN position, so that way they won't have the expenses of a "new grad in training". Maybe an HR person can answer this for us.

    ok here's a current job posting I found today for a Patient Care Tech, here in Florida.

    Education/Training: High school graduate or equivalent required. Requires State Certified Nursing Assistant and minimum one year recent hands-on patient care experience in a healthcare facility or work environment, other than Home Health care; 2nd semester RN student (completed C.N.A. skills competency) or Graduate Nurse. Successful completion of Phlebotomy course strongly preferred. BLS required.
    Can a newly licensed RN apply? I live in Florida.

    I got my ACLS because as I have seen on job postings, they prefer one that has it and since being new RN that is a count against me already, this may give a push.

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