Shocked by new grads at job fair - page 7

by mclennan 16,459 Views | 64 Comments

I'm a BSN/RN with 5 years experience and I'd like to share my experience with a recent job fair. It was advertised as a job fair for "Experienced RNs ONLY!" (I won't say what organization put this on, I'm not here to bash... Read More


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    Quote from mclennan
    Interesting comments all around. For the record, this happened in a LARGE city in Southern California (I bet you can guess which one! Something to do with angels.)

    I wish I was exaggerating - and I wish I wasn't so astonished. One on paw, YEAH, it's nice to know my competition is in such a sorry state. On the other paw, REALLY? Are you serious? YOU and your friends represent........ME? That is SO unacceptable. I am not a shrieking 20-something in jeans and flip flops who hasn't taken the NCLEX. New grads, THINK about who you are representing with your behavior and dress. More than YOURSELF!

    To tell the rest of the story, yes, I landed a job, but not through this particular career fair. I did get callbacks and interviews through this career fair........but ultimately took a job I found through other networking. It sometimes just takes knowing the right people, having some experience and looking/acting like a GROWNUP.

    Be quiet. Be cool. Be professional. Kill the nail polish, texting, and get a babysitter. Get real. I will be the one doing the hiring by the time you graduate, so LISTEN UP.
    You seem quite arrogant for someone with only 5 years of experience. I doubt nursing has gone to h*** and lost all dignity and professionalism in the short span of 5 years.

    How you say something is often more important that what you say, which is a lesson you might want to learn before you do all the hiring and firing you are speaking of.
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    I'm grateful for this site, this site and a lot of research helped prepare me for interviews and how to introduce myself and express interest in a job!
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    Quote from mclennan
    Interesting comments all around. For the record, this happened in a LARGE city in Southern California (I bet you can guess which one! Something to do with angels.)

    I wish I was exaggerating - and I wish I wasn't so astonished. One on paw, YEAH, it's nice to know my competition is in such a sorry state. On the other paw, REALLY? Are you serious? YOU and your friends represent........ME? That is SO unacceptable. I am not a shrieking 20-something in jeans and flip flops who hasn't taken the NCLEX. New grads, THINK about who you are representing with your behavior and dress. More than YOURSELF!

    To tell the rest of the story, yes, I landed a job, but not through this particular career fair. I did get callbacks and interviews through this career fair........but ultimately took a job I found through other networking. It sometimes just takes knowing the right people, having some experience and looking/acting like a GROWNUP.

    Be quiet. Be cool. Be professional. Kill the nail polish, texting, and get a babysitter. Get real. I will be the one doing the hiring by the time you graduate, so LISTEN UP.
    You sound like you will be one of those bosses that people will bash on allnurses. Looking forward to reading that future thread.
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    I'm not shocked at all. I applied for a job the other day and the receptionist said, "Just a heads up. You may want to attach a resume". WELL DUH. Who applies to a job with no resume? Heck, I've attached resumes for retail jobs. Apparently some people just show up with nothing though. I just smiled and nodded though. Some people just don't get it.
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    This is an example of what I think sometimes when I see complaints from new grads that they can't get a job: a bratty 22 year old just might show like a bratty 22 year old, regardless of whether they are ASN or BSN, or what totally awesome nursing school they went to.


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