I am from Ontario and nursing is my second career. I do feel as if I was misled by my instructors and all those job forecast which claimed that there is a high demand for nurses and lots of nursing jobs
waiting! I graduated in June and have sent out numerous job applications since then, yet no calls. I counted the number of job applications I sent from September 14 to today's date for a total of 107! My resume was redone a number of times, but no luck. I tried visiting the units at the hospital to give my resume to the nurse managers, but they tell me to send it through their HR department. I am not sure if the prescreening tool used by the hospital is preventing my resume from reaching further as the questions asked applies to experienced nurses. I cannot seek opportunities which require me to move a long distance away from where I am living. It is also expensive for me to return to school for any random nursing course to show continuing education.
The Ontario government do have the new graduate guarantee, but that is only good for six months from the course completion date. This it is no good, as it is taking a longer time to find a job. In addition, the job openings posted on HFO website are mostly for positions which were posted earlier in the year (the deadline for applications are dated for March, June etc) so it is just a repeat of the same thing. So basically a few new positions are posted monthly.
So for me, I have no choice but to be positive and hope that some one will pick-up my resume and I will get that call. This wait is certainly demoralizing!