Quote from MimiLPN
Hello my fellow nurses,
I am applying for jobs after having recently graduated/become licensed. I was told in school that it is always better to apply in person due to the benefit of having them see your face/know who you are etc. But in this day and age it is so convenient and tempting to just apply online and save yourself the trip to 10 different places around town! What do you all think, are you increasing your chances of getting hired by applying in person as opposed to online?
There's mixed feelings/results about storming hospitals in person, both from jobseekers as well as nurse managers, and there's tons of threads in the job hunt assistance forums if you want to read about these experiences. I personally won't tell you "do it" or "don't do it" but I will say that if you decide to "do it" you must be willing to accept the real risk that you and your resume may not be warmly welcomed.
To be honest, with some facilities you may not have a choice but to apply online: try to mail/drop off your resume, and you'll be told "please use our website" at best and have your resume dropped in the trash at worst.
As much as possible, I'd try to stick with the facility's preferences regarding job applications. If they specifically indicate "applications accepted online only," that shouldn't be read as "applications accepted online only...except for YOU." You are no exception to the rule and trying to be one may do you more harm than good. But you're an adult so if you decide to buck this, that's your decision.
Now if they don't specifically state anything, then it's your call as to whether to go in person...the odds may be better in this case for you to go and put a face to the resume. But again, keep in mind the risk I mentioned.
Best of luck in your job hunt!