I am a "new" grad (graduated from nursing school (ADN) last year) and have had no luck with getting hired. I've had a few phone calls and interviews and almost EVERYONE asks what I have been doing since I've finished nursing school.
And apparently you shouldn't be telling them you've been looking for a job.
How can I answer this question?
I know it's important to keep your skills up by working in the field somehow, but I CAN NOT even get a job as a medical assistant or tech/CNA because I am "overqualified" (perhaps a liability for the facility?), which has also been extremely frustrating.
Yep like poster #2 said do everything she/he suggested. What did I do after graduation? relax lol 1 month vacation, 2.5 month prep for nclex, took 1 online pysch prereq course for RN-BSN transfer, volunteer, ACLS, PALS, and now started RN-BSN, and job search of course. also i'm trying to sort out the various nursing organizations .. it looks like gibberish to me right now. See even with those activities I still had lots of time left to hangout with friends, job search and so its doable.
AND having something to do gets you out of the house and keeps you connected to socieity otherwise its very easy to become a lost, stressed out and depressed. Uhm yes one can only take so many rejections and everyone just says keep trying. And its true you have no other choice other than keep trying.
Volunteering at hospital or places of interest puts you into contact with people who are working in jobs you want SO you get to meet and network. It took me a few months to learn how to network now that wasn't taught in school. At first its scary to talk with people you don't know but after awhile its second nature. So yep now i walk up to people and just talk about whatever and leave with thier business cards and permission to contact them. That's what networking is about getting to know people.
Last edit by Inori on Jun 21, '12