How long is it taking to land your 1st new grad job?

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    Hello fellow nurses!

    I am wondering how long it is taking to land that first RN job. I know in some states jobs are scarce and I have read that many people have been looking over a year and still do not have a job. So I am wondering what you guys have heard or are experiencing. Also, if you could share which state you are in since job markets are varying from state to state.

    I am going on two months of being a new grad, but have only been applying to jobs for about 2 weeks. I am just trying to get a realistic outlook on the market.

    Thanks!
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    I'm in NYC. I graduated in December, passed the boards in March and have been actively applying since January. I've been working as a camp nurse this summer and I was just offered a position in the NICU yesterday. I start next month. This whole time I have sent out hundreds of resumes and applications but have only had 3 interviews.
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    Hi,
    I graduated this past May. I have been applying to jobs since I graduated. I became licensed in mid July, and received a job offer in the beginning of August. So, it took about 2.5 months. However, I know that seems pretty short but it wasn't easy. I received a job offer by attending a job fair, thank God I attended! Some of the managers were there and we had group interviews. I'm in Texas.

    Good Luck!
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    Quote from Nurse Connie
    I'm in NYC. I graduated in December, passed the boards in March and have been actively applying since January. I've been working as a camp nurse this summer and I was just offered a position in the NICU yesterday. I start next month. This whole time I have sent out hundreds of resumes and applications but have only had 3 interviews.
    Congrats on finally landing a position!!! That is so exciting, especially in NICU!

    Now out of those hundreds of applications, in general, do the companies send rejection letters/emails or is there no real way of knowing what happened to your application/resume? What's your opinion?
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    Quote from itfeelsgr82savealife
    Hi,
    I graduated this past May. I have been applying to jobs since I graduated. I became licensed in mid July, and received a job offer in the beginning of August. So, it took about 2.5 months. However, I know that seems pretty short but it wasn't easy. I received a job offer by attending a job fair, thank God I attended! Some of the managers were there and we had group interviews. I'm in Texas.

    Good Luck!
    Great to hear that you were offered a position so quickly! It gives me some hope. It's great that you got to speak with someone during the job fair. From what I have heard, the recruiters aren't even spending time talking to new grads during the jobfairs here (CA). That's not stopping me though, I am still going to attend one at the end of the month and see what comes of it. Now I need to go the extra mile to impress the recruiters somehow!
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    Thank you! I've only recieved a handful of e-mails telling me I wasn't qualified for the position I applied for or the position was filled. A few respones saying there were no positions open and they will keep my resume on file. Mostly, I heard nothing back.
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    Thanks Nurse Connie...I just like to know what to expect. Congrats again!
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    Graduated in May 2012. Sat for NCLEX 6/21. - Got offered my first job - a part time position about 3 weeks later. Then during orientation for that job, I got a call from the very first place I applied to after graduation in May. So right now I have 2 jobs but thinking about giving up my first job. Never thought I'd have the dilemma of too many jobs. Can't make the schedules fit and I don't want to work 7 days a week and burn myself out so I have to give it up. Plus I want to start working on my BSN and finish it as soon as possible. Not sure if I can work 7 days a week and do the BSN so I think its for the best to give up the part time job. I sent out about 50 applications. Went to 2 job fairs, 3 interviews and had 1 phone convo with a DON.

    Only about half the people in my class have jobs thus far. I'm in GA. Good luck with your job search!
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    Hello!
    I'm in the DC, MD, Northern VA area and passed my boards in March 2012. I JUST got a job. Keep your head up..it will happen eventually. I should also say that I turned down 3 jobs offers. I did this because I really wanted to work in a hospital instead of clinics. Luckily, I was in the position to be able to wait until I received an offer from a hospital.
    Best of luck to you in your job search!
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    I'm originally from Ohio, graduated in December 2010 and passed my boards in March 2011. Started applying for jobs in TX after getting licensed because I knew that is where I was moving. I got a call for an ICU internship opportunity but the remaining spots were limited. They also wanted me to fly out there and interview at my own expense. I politely turned down the offer. Moved to TX in May and within 2 weeks I got a call for an interview and got a job. Don't give up.


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