I have worked in the same hospital for 3 years. There is a certain department within my hospital that I have wanted to work in since I first was employed on this hospital in a different specialization.
A few months ago, a position finally appeared for the unit that I have been aiming for. I applied, even shadowed in the unit during my own free time to get a feel for it, and have been waiting for 3 months to hear back. That is fine; I understand the hiring process can be protracted and that interviews take time to be set up. But I was never once contacted by the manager to at least interview in spite of my existing qualifications. What do you suggest I can do at this point to improve my chances?
I left a polite message on the answering tape of the recruiter who takes care of screening hires for the unit. I very politely asked what I could to to strengthen myself as an applicant, asked what the manager was looking for in applicants. I received a voicemail back stating that it was not appropriate to call about this and that if the manager was interested, I would be informed.
Uhm, excuse me? I didn't pester HR and demand an interview. I *asked* what advice the manager had in case I didn't get interviewed this time. How am I supposed to know what the manager is looking for if she doesn't (1) post more than a little vague, canned paragraph about the position which is copy and pasted from every other position on the website or (2) she meets with me and explains a little bit about the position and what she needs.
Does anyone want to weigh in? Am I just crazy for wondering what the manager wants so that I could strengthen my application for next time a posting for the department appears, if not for this one? You would think they would want people who are trying to improve their qualifications based on the needs of the positions.
OP: Get to know some of the nurses on the floor if you want an answer as to what will make you a strong candidate. They know what nurses get hired and which ones do not. It may not be as logical as being an outstanding/skilled/experienced nurse. You may have to be the kind of nurse that spends his/her free time hanging out with the nurses on the unit (I worked on one unit that was this way).
If you are rejected and made it far enough to get an interview, at that time you can talk to the manager and ask him/her to provide constructive criticism. Otherwise, you will need to find a roundabout way to find out why you were not hired. To do this, you must get to know the nurses on that floor. Through them, you will find out who is hired and what that person may possess... He/she may be the sibling or best friend of a nurse that already works the floor. In fact, many times the best candidate is the one that is known as oppose to an outsider.
BTW, one more point.... If you happen to be of value to your manager, it does not matter that there is no nursing shortage and that your hospital has a policy that will allow you to transfer now; some managers (actually many more then we would like to think) will sabotage a nurse's chances of transfer when he/she wants to keep him/her on their own floor. I have seen this occur countless times when I worked bedside. In fact, the only nurses I saw freely transfer were the nurses with bad reputations. In order for them to receive a transfer, their manager would lean away from the truth to make a transfer happen. Thus, consider that you might get rejected because you are a good nurse, your manager loves you, and tells the other managers to keep his/her hands off. Good luck.
Last edit by MBARNBSN on Jul 11, '13
The shadow I set up with an assistant manager by direct contact. I had not wished to apply at that time; I was shadowing in many units so I could figure out what I wanted. I doubt the manager even knew I shadowed or if she did, knew who I was.
I did email the main manager of the department in order to ask what she was looking for. Unfortunately that email was ignored.
Last edit by RNdynamic on Jul 11, '13