31 rejections...how long should I keep going?

  1. I've gotten 31 rejections from my "dream" employer over the last couple of months. I expected a few here and there, but not for them to keep piling up. I thought maybe after about four or five or so, I would start getting interviews and even offers. Obviously that is not what is happening. But after 16 months of working two jobs, and 28-30 days a month, including every single weekend and 6 holidays a year, I am worn out. My one position is constantly in need of extra help, but I always have to turn them down because of my second job, and I feel guilty about it. My plan was to work these two jobs until I could get an offer at my "dream" employer but I did not expect it to be this long. I cannot work like this much longer. However, to go work for my current nursing position may mean never working for my dream employer ever. I would also need to switch my benefits around, and I may never get the kind of pay that my dream employer pays. But 31 rejections is ridiculous and something needs to change...fast. What would you do?
  2. 55 Comments

  3. by   llg
    I think you need to let that "dream position" go for now and move on to some sort of Plan B. There is some reason they are not choosing you at this time. See if you can find out what that is. Perhaps the Nurse Recruiter can give you a clue. If not, find someone familiar with that facility review your resume, etc. and assess the situation. They might be able to give you some insight into why you are not being chosen.

    Then you need to move on to strengthen whatever areas in your application/resume/background are weak. Become a stronger applicant by getting some more experience in a relevant field. Do an excellent job and distinguish yourself. After a year or two (or three) try to apply to your dream facility again with a stronger resume and application.
  4. by   elkpark
    I agree -- I think you need to "take 'no' for an answer," at least for the time being, and work on a plan B. Best wishes!
  5. by   purplegal
    One option that I possibly have would maybe be to apply to the skilled nursing area at my "dream employer." I may have a better chance at that then getting into an acute care area. Problem is, the pay for that area is lower than what I am currently making, and I am seeking a job that will increase my pay, not decrease it.
  6. by   dogmombyday
    I think it's time to take "no" for an answer...they've had 30 opportunities to give you a shot and they've passed. There's a reason for that. Just start researching--maybe widen your search area. I moved about 30 miles away after graduation but it was worth it for the job I moved for.
  7. by   Guy in Babyland
    Insanity: Repeating an act over and over expecting a different result.

    Is this employer only hiring experienced nurses? Is there a nursing surplus? Have you had a career counselor look at your resume to see if there is something on your resume that HR at the hospital is seeing as a red flag?
  8. by   akulahawkRN
    When I was first looking for a job as a nurse, I sent out something like 350 applications for various positions. That is NOT a typo. Of those, I got 3 interviews. Of those interviews, I landed my first job and that was 2 hours away from home. When I started looking for my 2nd (and current job) I filled about 10 applications, most of which resulted in an interview and of those, I found a job close to home. Would I like to work for a Level 1 or Level 2 Trauma Center? Sure, because I wouldn't mind getting a stronger education in dealing with trauma. However, I do enjoy working where I'm at now because the medical stuff is very interesting on its own.

    While I'm not saying you should give up on your "dream job," I suggest you consider expanding your horizon to include other places in the area. Consider taking a position that will force you to improve upon a weak area you have. You may find by doing some different things that you suddenly may become very attractive as a candidate for a position at your "dream job" place.

    Lastly, if at all possible, never burn a bridge. That's a last resort because you might find that you may need a job and a former employer may be very willing to have you back, even if temporarily or in a part time capacity.
  9. by   sarolaRN
    It sounds like your current situation is a bit unsustainable, so in the mean time maybe take your current situation and make it something that you can learn from and live with. You can still continue to apply for positions with your dream employer, but don't let it detract from the valuable experience that you've been gaining and will continue to gain. Use it to beef up your resume and cover letters, and keep applying, and maybe consider expanding your horizons into positions and facilities that can lead you to where you want to end up. Show up and network with HR if you have to. Do you know anyone on the unit that you aspire to be on? Are there hiring events? Eventually, something will give. Over the past 5 years I applied for over 100 positions with my dream employer, about 60 of which were in the past few months since I got my RN license (not to mention the other 150 positions I applied for elsewhere) and finally snagged a job at a facility with my dream employer. It's doable, but you have to make good use of the time in between.
  10. by   purplegal
    It probably is time to accept a no from the one employer. They obviously feel they can find someone better, as indicated by their letters stating they are pursuing "another candidate who more closely meets the needs of their department." There's not much I can do about it if they prefer someone else. I can go out, get more experience and, unfortunately, still not be who they're looking for. It's very hard to do though, as I have overworked myself this past year in hopes of getting a job with them. After 16 months of working nearly every day (I worked 360 out of 365 days in one year), I need some relief. Unfortunately I may not find it with this employer. It's very frustrating to know I may never work on a certain unit (CVICU) or achieve certain accomplishments (CCRN, ECMO Specialist).
  11. by   Rose_Queen
    Purplegal, how many threads do you need to start where people are all telling you the exact same thing? First, you need to give up on your dream hospital. They are clearly not interested in you. Second, you need to give up your tech job and get NURSING experience by working a FULL TIME NURSING job. Not only will you get actual nursing experience, but you'll be able to gain some work life balance. If you are absolutely insistent on a job in a hospital, then you need to expand beyond the one that has already made it very clear to everyone but you (because you clearly refuse to accept it) that they are not interested in you.
  12. by   sarolaRN
    Didn't realize that you're working in tech any not nursing. Expand your horizons and apply elsewhere. If nursing is what you want and you're determined to work at this facility then you need to commit to your practice and earn your position there, which starts with gaining experience that your dream hospital will want to see on your resume. Good luck.
  13. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quit working as a tech & work as a nurse. Working as a tech isn't getting you anywhere & you're working most of the month. Focus on nursing if you want your dream job.
  14. by   caliotter3
    AN needs another thread on this subject, go for 32 threads on 32 rejections.