Internal Candidates only do you apply anyway

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    I am applying for jobs at hospitals in my area but as a new cna with no acute experience I know it will be challenging. I have been seeing a few positions that say internal candidates only but I am wondering if there is a chance anyway. I have seen a couple of positions up for several weeks now and if they haven't found the right person I would like to believe it could be me I am applying to nights, weekends, on call, part time, whatever it takes to get my foot in the door. What do you guys think? What would you do and why?
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    While job searching as a new grad RN, I did come across & applied to a few "internal candidates only" positions. But after working a while & seeing the hiring process from "within", I realized when they say "internal candidates only"...they really mean it (at least that is the case at my work for RN positions). So I would say, if the application is relatively short & easy then go for it! But if it's long & complicated, then your time might be better spent elsewhere.
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    IMO, I'd be more likely to apply to an "experience required" position as a new grad, than to apply to an "internal applicants only" position as a new grad who wasn't an internal applicant.

    Usually "internal applicant only" positions are posted to give the current staff first crack at the job. Or--and more likely--they've already selected the internal applicant for the position but are required by HR policy to post the job anyway.
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    Also moved this to Nursing First Job Hunt Assistance to help you get more targeted responses.
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    I can't answer for RN jobs, but at my current job, they're legally required to post the job even though there's not a chance in hell of anyone outside our org getting the job. I figure thats a huge waste of time to apply. Also, it might be up for a couple weeks because it has to be posted for a certain amt of time before it can be pulled
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    If you already work there, you ARE an internal candidate. Apply!
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    Quote from krisiepoo
    I can't answer for RN jobs, but at my current job, they're legally required to post the job even though there's not a chance in hell of anyone outside our org getting the job. I figure thats a huge waste of time to apply. Also, it might be up for a couple weeks because it has to be posted for a certain amt of time before it can be pulled
    Chances are, they've already chosen the internal candidate before they even posted the job.
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