Old New Grad - Over 1 Year without a Job

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    I am starting this thread particularly for those of us who have graduated more than one year without finding employment. Just to support each other and hopefully get positive information to assist in getting employed.
    I graduated nursing school in June of 2011 with an ASN degree. It has been very difficult finding a job and this is not due to lack of trying, I have applied to hospitals as well as LTC with no job offers. Hence, I decided to improve my education and my chances of landing a job. I am currently enrolled in a RN-BSN program with hopes that the job market will get better. Please offer any advice that I can use to get my foot in the door anywhere, so I can get the needed experience and finally have the ability to proclaim myself a working nurse instead of New Grad without experience. I am eager and very passionate about nursing, with hopes of starting my nursing career sooner than later. Any assistance would be much appreciated.
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    From one old new grad to another, hello! I graduated in the early parts of 2011.

    Getting your BSN is good. Keep your resume in tip-top shape. Got your certs? Great!

    VOLUNTEER. Network. Pray.

    Good luck job hunting like the rest of us!
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    Quote from perioddrama
    From one old new grad to another, hello! I graduated in the early parts of 2011.

    Getting your BSN is good. Keep your resume in tip-top shape. Got your certs? Great!

    VOLUNTEER. Network. Pray.

    Good luck job hunting like the rest of us!
    Have you gotten interviews? I got a few but nothing worked out.
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    Quote from mo2rn
    Have you gotten interviews? I got a few but nothing worked out.
    I live in cutthroat CA. The chances of getting an interview are quite difficult, even with stellar recs, resumes, etc. Unfortunately, I'm part of the statistic that hasn't landed an interview, not for lack of trying.

    It's all about connections and networking.
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    Quote from perioddrama
    I live in cutthroat CA. The chances of getting an interview are quite difficult, even with stellar recs, resumes, etc. Unfortunately, I'm part of the statistic that hasn't landed an interview, not for lack of trying.

    It's all about connections and networking.
    I also live in "cutthroat" southern CA and it is indeed brutal. Countless hours of sending and filling out applications only to get rejected. I came across a thread on here that utilized a different strategy that has led to a lot more leads instead of rejection letters. I have had 2 interviews in the past 3 weeks but did not get either (one interview I thought I nailed but was told they just hired a bunch of new grads, the other one was not so good). Much better to call, go in person, or email the CNO directly.

    http://allnurses.com/nursing-job-sea...ot-689384.html
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    Consider moving,

    I'm a CA '12 ADN grad, my last local interview had 600 applicants, i spoke to someone at the popular public hosp, she told me they get approx 1000 apps per new grad position.

    I got hired in WA last week, two classmates got hired this week in Dallas. One of them signed a 2 year contract and is leaving his wife and kid here and going to do long distance for that time.
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    I too had to move to get my experience and then I moved back to southern california and got a job right away. I wish you luck and if you can move and get your experience.
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    Quote from eleectrosaurus
    Consider moving,

    I'm a CA '12 ADN grad, my last local interview had 600 applicants, i spoke to someone at the popular public hosp, she told me they get approx 1000 apps per new grad position.

    I got hired in WA last week, two classmates got hired this week in Dallas. One of them signed a 2 year contract and is leaving his wife and kid here and going to do long distance for that time.
    Eleectrosaurus, Can I ask where in WA you got hired? I've been seriously considering moving out of CA and recently applied to two hospitals in WA. Thanks! And congrats on the new job!
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    Quote from starghadeer
    Eleectrosaurus, Can I ask where in WA you got hired? I've been seriously considering moving out of CA and recently applied to two hospitals in WA. Thanks! And congrats on the new job!
    Check ur PMs
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    I am noticing that it is particularly difficult in large cities. I am really contemplating moving but i am unable to do it right now; perhaps in the next few months.Fot those of you who got interviews recently, do they question the fact that you have been out of work for over a year since graduation.


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