I earned my CNA certification about a year ago; I applied to a few jobs, but received few replies. Most of the replies I did receive were from companies that didn't offer benefits or had wages just a bit too low to accept. I went to a few interviews, but ultimately received calls something to the affect of "We thought you were great, a strong candidate, but we had to hire the candidate with experience. Please try again if you see another listing."
I'm in nursing school and expect to graduate next August--so I'd really like to finish out my last year of nursing school working in the health care field. I've completed only my CNA clinical (about 32 hours) and my Nursing Fundamentals clinical. I start my Med/Surg I this semester.
That's the background information. I have two interviews next week for CNA positions that will meet my needs. I think my biggest obstacle will be lack of 'real' experience, working in hospital or nursing home, versus being there 1 day a week for clinical. Does anyone have any tips on how to address this in the interview?
Sep 7, '12
What does your resume look like? Does it focus on your lack of experience, or do you highlight your clinical hours and/or any relevant volunteer experience? That's the way I secured my position---by adjusting my resume to focus more on the skills/experience through clinicals and volunteering, it made up for my lack of paid work experience. You can follow this right through to the interview, and speak of what you experienced and gained through clinicals.
Make sure to also research the company/facility you are interviewing for, and pepper your interview with the knowledge you gained from your research!
Last edit by CapeCodDreamer on Sep 7, '12
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