I began applying for RN positions in April, before I graduated in May. I only applied for the positions that I wanted. I told myself that I would give myself until July to get a job that I wanted. That didn't last long, by mid-May I was applying for every position that didn't say they wanted experience. I bookmarked the 3 major hospitals in the area and looked at their job board daily. I went to the newspaper website at least twice a week. I went to the state website that also has a job search
. I put in no less than 50 applications since April. I had 4 interviews out of all that.
My #1 job, I did everything right. Saw the ad, applied. Emailed the hiring manager and set up an interview the next week. It was where I did my management rotation, my preceptor was giving me a great recommendation and my kids' pediatrician even called to put in a good word. That job went to an in house transfer. I was devastated.
2 days after getting the news...I went back to searching the job boards and state website. Found an ad that looked good and applied. I also applied for a few positions at my 3rd choice hospital. The next day I got calls and set up interviews for the following week. Monday's interview went well, she was going to hire me but before she could the hospital implemented a hiring freeze. Tuesday's interview was a phone interview, it didn't go so well. The job wasn't for me.
I hadn't been as diligent about emailing the nurse recruiter because she stopped responding to my emails. I decided to go back through job postings from before April and just see what happened. I emailed the nurse recruiter and asked what else I could do. I put in 6 applications that day. She called me and said that I am doing all that I can, not to give up. She said that the market is unlike anything she has seen in 20 years. We hung up, I had renewed spirit. The phone rang and it was from a position that was posted in March. I scheduled an interview for the next day and was hired on the spot. I went through the HR process and start orientation next week.
I know this has been long but I hope it helps. Don't give up. Make finding a job your job. One classmate posted that she put in 6 applications over a month ago and hadn't heard anything back. That just isn't going to cut it. In sales there is a saying "for every 10 no's you get a yes". Well that is pretty much how it worked out for me. The day after I took the job, I had my 5th call for an interview. So out of 50 applications, 5 call backs. You have to put yourself out there. So my suggestion to you is to call HR at the hospitals and ask to speak with the nurse recruiters. Go in and meet with them, take your resume and see if they can help you tweak it.