I've been reading for awhile and see so many new grads struggling to find a job so I wanted to share my story. I hope it can help someone.
I graduated May ,2011. Took boards in July, 2011. Applied for just a handful of jobs b/c I fractured my elbow a week or so before I took the test and didn't really want to interview on restrictions. Got the okay mid-August to do everything a nurse needs to do and started applying like crazy.
40+ resumes. Every 2 days or so I would check the hospital websites and apply to Every single position that came up. I didn't get a single call back. Nothing.
Finally, in OCT, a good friend from nursing school took my resume to the nurse recruiter at his hospital and told the recruiter that if he could hand pick a fellow classmate to work with it would be me. 1 week later I got a call, an interview and a job offer. I honestly don't think I would have gotten the position if it weren't for my friend.
If I could give a new grad who can't find a job a tip, it would be to see WHO you know that will put in a good word for you. And then, when you get an interview, SELL YOURSELF. Make You look like the most desirable candidate out there, b/c you are willing to learn anything.
I only ended up staying at that first job for 5mos. It was on a rehab unit it in the hospital, and I didn't feel like I was gaining the skills that I need. On a whim, I sent out about 4 resumes, not really thinking anything would come out of it. A week or so later, I got a call from the hosp. I've wanted to work at since school. I came in for the interview, and to be honest, I don't think the nurse manager was terribly impressed with me. She liked that I new the computer system that they would be implementing soon, but that's about it. As the interview came to an end, I told her what my bottom line was: That I felt one of the most important things I could do, as a new nurse, was to better my assessment skills and that I didn't feel I was getting that opportunity where I was. It's the truth and she was visibly impressed with that statement. I got the call less then 24 hours later, offering me the job. It's not only in the hospital I wanted, but it's also in the CCU, so I'm getting great experience
soo.....see who you can get to put in a good word for you. Then go in and show them just HOW willing you are to learn what you can to be a great employee.