I'm Losing hope in finding a Job

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    I graduated in December and passed my boards March 30th. I have been searching for jobs ever since but no one has contacted me. I desperately need work because of my student visa situation. I only have a year for work. I wanted to work and then work on a working visa (but that's another topic so I am not going to get into that). I have applied all over the 5 borough's in NY and Long Island (I live on Long Island). I also applied to Westchester county and they rejected me at st. John;s Riverside. At this point I don't know what to do. The only work experience I have where part time jobs at a store and my college campus. I am young, 22, and went off to nursing after high school so I have no CNA or LPN experience. I tried getting nurse externships in college but those were too selective so they rejected me. And now employers are rejecting me also.

    Do You have any tips/tricks I can do or add to my resume? I only put my preceptorship and clinical experience there since I have no work experience. I also put my education, and student work experience (which has nothing to do with nursing). Another thing is that I do not drive so I am very limited

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    I sent you a personal message.
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    I think you may have to consider getting a driver's license (not sure how that works for you, but I've worked with people here on visas who had them, so it's definitely possible) and start applying out of state. I've heard the job market in NY is very tough. I went through a similar situation even though I'm not from NY - job market was tough where I am, so I'm relocating nine hours away to a smaller, isolated city where I managed to land a job. It is easier to get a good job in smaller cities than in major ones because major cities are so desirable that your competition is intense. I'll cross my fingers for you!
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    I agree with commuting or moving farther out.
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    Quote from akemi2001
    I graduated in December and passed my boards March 30th. I have been searching for jobs ever since but no one has contacted me. I desperately need work because of my student visa situation. I only have a year for work. I wanted to work and then work on a working visa (but that's another topic so I am not going to get into that). I have applied all over the 5 borough's in NY and Long Island (I live on Long Island). I also applied to Westchester county and they rejected me at st. John;s Riverside. At this point I don't know what to do. The only work experience I have where part time jobs at a store and my college campus. I am young, 22, and went off to nursing after high school so I have no CNA or LPN experience. I tried getting nurse externships in college but those were too selective so they rejected me. And now employers are rejecting me also.

    Do You have any tips/tricks I can do or add to my resume? I only put my preceptorship and clinical experience there since I have no work experience. I also put my education, and student work experience (which has nothing to do with nursing). Another thing is that I do not drive so I am very limited
    Have you considered upstate as other people have mentioned? I work with docs who commute from the city via the train. Apply to hospitals in Albany and see what happens. Wait- are you RN or LPN? Hospitals here don't hire LPN so you'd have to do LTC, but I looks like you are RN.
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    Quote from Kimberlina
    Have you considered upstate as other people have mentioned? I work with docs who commute from the city via the train. Apply to hospitals in Albany and see what happens. Wait- are you RN or LPN? Hospitals here don't hire LPN so you'd have to do LTC, but I looks like you are RN.
    I have considered upstate like Albany, Rochester, Binghamtom and Buffalo. Call me crazy but I don't want to go there because I have looked up the crime stats in those areas and to my surprise they seem dangerous. Especially because there are less people it scares me. I am a single 22 year old woman and I do not want to risk my life (I have RN btw). Most people I know went upstate for college but this is different because I will be living by myself. And with no car I don't know how it would work. Especially coming home at night (after a day shift) or early in the morning (after night shift).
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    Quote from calivianya
    I think you may have to consider getting a driver's license (not sure how that works for you, but I've worked with people here on visas who had them, so it's definitely possible) and start applying out of state. I've heard the job market in NY is very tough. I went through a similar situation even though I'm not from NY - job market was tough where I am, so I'm relocating nine hours away to a smaller, isolated city where I managed to land a job. It is easier to get a good job in smaller cities than in major ones because major cities are so desirable that your competition is intense. I'll cross my fingers for you!
    I do have a NYS drivers license and I will start looking out state. My only issue is will recruiters even look at my application if it says "New York nursing license"? They usually require that you have whatever state you are applying to. I cannot afford to pay $200 for each state license. So will employers understand that I do not have their state license but will get it upon hire?
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    Um, Albany is pretty safe. You just need to stay away from certain bad neighborhoods. I live about 40 minutes away, commute every day, used to walk around outside the hospital during my lunch...I wouldn't do it at night, but most violence is drug related, so if you stay away from that, your odds are pretty good.

    There is a great bus system with stops right outside the hospitals in Albany. You would just need to get a place on the busline. Nurses are often looking for roommates who are also nurses around here.
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    Quote from Kimberlina
    Um, Albany is pretty safe. You just need to stay away from certain bad neighborhoods. I live about 40 minutes away, commute every day, used to walk around outside the hospital during my lunch...I wouldn't do it at night, but most violence is drug related, so if you stay away from that, your odds are pretty good.

    There is a great bus system with stops right outside the hospitals in Albany. You would just need to get a place on the busline. Nurses are often looking for roommates who are also nurses around here.

    Can you tell me what neighborhoods are good and bad? I just want to make sure. I looked up crime stats and it is worse than most "dangerous" neighborhoods on Long Island where I live currently. Sorry this is the first time I will be living alone and since I have no car my safety is priority.
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    [QUOTE=akemi2001;7330891]I have considered upstate like Albany, Rochester, Binghamtom and Buffalo. Call me crazy but I don't want to go there because I have looked up the crime stats in those areas and to my surprise they seem dangerous. Especially because there are less people it scares me. I am a single 22 year old woman and I do not want to risk my life (I have RN btw). Most people I know went upstate for college but this is different because I will be living by myself. And with no car I don't know how it would work. Especially coming home at night (after a day shift) or early in the morning (after night shift).[/QUOTE

    If you are really interested in applying for jobs out of state go for it. Start calling hospitals that you might be interested in and ask to speak to Human Resources. Once you get Human resources on the line ask to speak to a nurse recruiter. Years ago I lived in New Mexico and wanted to move to Texas. I started applying to any and every job I could find where I wanted to live and had no problems getting call backs. The large metro areas are satuturated right now with nurses and I think its going to be tough anywhere to get a job. I do have some suggestions. First, you are single so if I were you I would be willing to work anywhere, even If that means a smaller town, smaller hospital. You will get invaluable experience. I lived in a town of 100,000 people in texas. Much slower pace not so busy hospital and learned so much there !!!. Maybe start looking in cities that have a population of between 500,000 to 1 million. Most cities that size while smaller than NYC are large enough to have good public transportation options. Secondly, you have a NY Nursing license. You can endorse in to any state. Yes you have to apply to that states Board of nursing and their is a cost to that. Find a job first. I have interviewed in a lot of places in my career and moved to different states for a job and not once did any of the people interviewing not give me a job based on the fact that I didn't have nursing license in their state. They just gave me enough time to endorse in before actually starting the job!


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