Thought I would post this question ( really more of a comment and heads up) because I am feeling unprepared at the moment. I passed the NCLEX this month and started applying online and sent out a few app's directly to those I had either HR or unit manager's name for.
I finally got a bite and the recruiter asked for two letters of recommendation (LOR) from clinical instructors and my transcripts. I did already have my transcripts. I had asked an instructor for a LOR at one time but as a student our instructors were not allowed to give these to us directly. We had to fill out a form, turn it in to the office and then that instructor would send something out to the employer... not us, and we would never see it. I just wanted one for my records, to have on hand, so I didn't pursue it any further at the time.
So a word to those up and coming, if you have a great connection with any of your clinical instructors, ask them for LOR's right away if they are allowed to give it to you directly. I had no idea that anyone would ever ask for something like this but apparently some do. I have had one say she will write me one and 3 that have not gotten back to me yet. So it's kind of a "get it while their hot" situation. Don't wait until after your done with school and looking for a job.
Hopefully this will help some of you down the road
Jul 30, '13
My first interview out of school was for a new grad RN residency. During the interview she seemed kind of hurried and not really interested. Then she asked me if I had a letter of reference, but I didn't have any. I didn't know that you needed a letter of reference and I thought just having the names and contact information on your resume was enough. I talked to my aunt who is a nurse and she told me she never heard of carrying around a letter of reference. I didn't get the position and I think it was because I didn't have that kind of reference. Knowing what I know now, I wish I would have asked my instructors about writing one because they are really busy now with their current students and don't want to be bothered during their break in between semesters.
Last edit by Squirrely18 on Jul 30, '13