Continuously Reapplying to Departments You've Been Rejected From

  1. In the process of searching for and trying to land a new nursing job, I have had many rejections (over 30). I have also reapplied to several of the areas where I have been rejected from, because I am interested in the area/type of nursing. For example, I've applied to multiple orthopedic jobs, multiple oncology positions, multiple hematology positions and multiple organ transplant jobs. Is this a good idea? I would be proud to be an oncology or transplant nurse if I were to get an offer.
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  3. by   Here.I.Stand
    It can't hurt. Whatever you do though, don't share your thoughts on LTC nursing. Blasting your current specialty, or even imply that it's not a specialty to be "proud" of, will not make you look good to hiring managers.
  4. by   pixierose
    Quote from Here.I.Stand
    It can't hurt. Whatever you do though, don't share your thoughts on LTC nursing. Blasting your current specialty, or even imply that it's not a specialty to be "proud" of, will not make you look good to hiring managers.
    ^^ This.

    In fact, say only GOOD THINGS about LTC for the love of all that's holy. The ratios, your interactions with patients, everything that sets you apart as a LTC nurse.

    My unit just hired a former LTC nurse. We've been short-staffed consistently this summer and she's handled it like a champ. Her time management skills are amazing.
  5. by   purplegal
    One option that I have may be to apply to the skilled nursing facility associated with my dream employer. I may have a better chance getting in there than in acute care. However, my pay rate would be less than what I am currently making. I am looking to increase my pay, not decrease it.
  6. by   Rose_Queen
    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. You've essentially been told by this employer 30+ times that they do not want to hire you. Move on. Find another facility to apply to. Get some experience in your coveted specialty. Then try again. You've stagnated working in the same two jobs you've been working in every time you applied. What are you doing to make yourself a better applicant?
  7. by   adventure_rn
    Are there other acute care facilities in the area besides the dream employer? Maybe you can get some hospital experience at another facility, then reapply.

    I agree with Rose Queen to an extent. However, there are definitely times when your application timing works out and you just get lucky. If you happen to apply at a time when a unit is critically short-staffed and desperate, they may be willing to hire and train just about anybody (I've seen this a bunch in NICU). If you apply when they're well-staffed and the market competition is fierce, they can wait for their 'dream candidate' to come along.
  8. by   klone
    Speaking as a hiring manager...

    Being currently employed as a tech at your current hospital, where you have apparently applied for over 30 positions, and not being hired, is very telling. Hiring someone who already works at the facility in a different position is a manager's dream, because they are already vetted. Managers talk to each other. I would say with a fair level of confidence that they do not want you, for whatever reason. Perhaps if you leave the hospital, work somewhere else as an RN for a few years, and then reapply, you may have better luck (however, keep in mind that HR keeps your old personnel file, including the manager's anecdotal file, and a hiring manager will ask to look at it when they learn you are a past employee).

    But right now, you are just shooting yourself in the foot by continuing to apply for RN positions at this facility, because now they're probably thinking you have poor judgment and zero self-reflection skills because you haven't gotten the very obvious hint.
  9. by   sarolaRN
    Didn't you already post this in another thread? Do you have any nursing experience? You're applying for several positions in very different specialties... are you a new grad? Do they hire new grads? If you're not a new grad, do you have experience? In what area? Re evaluate why you're applying there and whether you actually meet their qualifications. Get some experience outside of a hospital at different facilities and apply when you have something to offer them.
  10. by   purplegal
    34 rejections now. No Organ Transplant Nursing, no wound clinic nursing.
  11. by   not.done.yet
    This is just....beyond bizarre. THREE threads stating the same things. What do you want from us? It is obviously not advice.
  12. by   purplegal
    36 rejections. Clearly hematology is not going to hire me.
  13. by   Rose_Queen
    Quote from purplegal
    36 rejections. Clearly hematology is not going to hire me.
    More like the FACILITY is not going to hire you. Please, move on.
  14. by   pixierose
    Quote from purplegal
    36 rejections. Clearly hematology is not going to hire me.
    OMG. Have you not been listening?


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