Getting a job - from the employers perspective - page 4

by Nascar nurse

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I am the DON in a LTC facility. I currently have ads on careerbuilder for a full time CNA position as well as a full time LPN/RN position. Both positions are clearly advertised as 3-11 positions. I spent my day going thru what... Read More


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    I feel your pain. I advertised for EXPERIENCED RNs. I got scads of resumes from new grads and from LPNs. The "experienced" ones....clinical in school experience only. I love hiring new grads but I can't staff my building with all newbies.

    *** I am often in a position to advise nursing students and new grads. I tell them that if the position says "experience prefered" to go ahead an apply. If the position lists "experience required" not to apply.

    My other pet peeve....spelling and grammatical mistakes. It is received not recieved. Please figure out the difference between their, there, and they're before you send me your resume.

    *** True that.
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    Quote from itsnowornever
    Great feedback! EVERY TIME I submitted my resume I freaked out that there was something wrong on my resume! LOL! You know how you get so used to seeing something that if it's wrong, your brain just tells you it's right? Thats what I would freak out over! LOL! Just a quick question though! Are you sure those without consecutive employment for longer than 3 months weren't students? I debated filling out my applications and listing each individual clinical rotation I had in school. Some apps I listed separately the clinicals (though I stated it was a rotation) and some I just listed my school time as one "job"
    As others seem to be saying, I don't consider clinical rotation as a job and should not be listed as such on the resume.
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    I like when cover letters misspell "career" and use phrases like "LOL.". Similarly, citing your only relevant work experience in your cover letter but not your resume. I used to on a private school hiring board....
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    Quote from tigerlogic
    I like when cover letters misspell "career" and use phrases like "LOL.". Similarly, citing your only relevant work experience in your cover letter but not your resume. I used to on a private school hiring board....
    What were they using "LOL" for on a cover letter?!?!?!? "I'm really good in stressful situations, LOL"?????
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    These things always shock me! Please people review your resume before applying for any job!!!! I also wanted to recomend a free resume builder website that i use that is wonderful. It gives suggestions as to what to put when; and has fill in the blank stuff for jobs and school. It also puts everything in the right order and adds all the right formatting. Resume Builder • Free Resume Builder It has saved my butt as far as filling out a resume. Hope this helps.
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    I had my resumed checked by a career advisor today. She caught my switching back and forth with verb tenses. Which was ironic, because I'm the proofreader for my entire family, and switching verb tenses is something that I always catch on other people's resumes. When it's your own, you REALLY don't see stuff. Always have someone else look at it.
    Quote from Patti_RN
    I received a resume that had ALL identifying information blacked out! Name, phone number, address, the names of schools attended, as well as the names of previous employers. The cover letter indicated that privacy concerns and fears of identity theft prevented her from sharing this information with a 'total stranger'. She signed her letter with her first name and included an email address that she apparantly created to hide her name and also communicate her professionalism, FoxyRedHeadPartier@____ .com
    So you hired her right? She obviously worked for the CIA if she had to redact everything, that's amazing experience she obviously had!
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    Your resume may end up getting faxed or transmitted electronically. Make sure your your font is large enough and clearly legible to be read. If if I can't read it, I'll toss it.
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    I have felt your pain and I have a couple of additions: First, I know you're anxious for the interview but please don't show up a half hour early and expect me to drop everything I'm doing for you. There's a reason why an appointment is made-contrary to popular belief, LTC DON's actually do actually have a very busy job which I am trying to get done in order to be ready for your appointed time! Second, don't ask me about salary within the first few sentences of your interview. That tells me that you're only interested in money and not what I have to say about the facility, our philosophy, and my management style. Lastly, please do fill in ALL
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    Quote from Nascar nurse
    I am the DON in a LTC facility. I currently have ads on careerbuilder for a full time CNA position as well as a full time LPN/RN position. Both positions are clearly advertised as 3-11 positions. I spent my day going thru what seemed like a hundred resumes for my 2 open positions. While thinking of all the "job needed" threads here, I decided that I must share my absolute frustration in hopes that someone will learn something from this.

    - One resume with NO NAME. Seriously people. This isn't 2nd grade. If you can't put your name on your paper...YOU'RE OUT!

    - 3 resumes (all submitted within 72 hours) without a WORKING phone number on them....you're out!

    - 10...as in TEN, seemed to be surprised that I only have a 3-11 position open. "Don't you have a day shift"? "Don't you have something in management"? Umm, No, which is why I didn't advertise for that.

    - At least 10 that haven't held the same job (any job) for more than 3 consecutive months over the last 3-5 years. (Why go thru this hell just to start again in a couple months).

    - Several for a CNA position that live at least an hour or more away. (There are numerous facilities between home and here. Surely that drive..in a snowstorm..is not going to worth the $9/hr I plan to offer).


    After several hours of weeding thru resumes and trying to call people, I have a whooping 4 interviews tomorrow. Hoping the interview process is better than the screening process! Also slightly worried that amongst all the crap I missed the hidden gem!

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    I hear your frustration, and agree with your points except "At least 10 that haven't held the same job (any job) for more than 3 consecutive months over the last 3-5 years" and "Several for a CNA position that live at least an hour or more away. . . "

    Given the recession of the last several years, and the fact of higher unemployment, job losses and decreased hiring, it isn't surprising to me that some people haven't been employed for more than 3 months consecutively. If your advertisement indicated to people that they would meet the minimum requirements for the position you are advertising I certainly understand why someone who worked for no more than three months in the last 3-5 years would apply: They are likely wanting to put food on the table, pay bills and support their family.

    The drive for someone wanting the CNA position may be worth it to the person if they really need the position to gain experience as a CNA and have been unable to find work closer to home.

    I think in your search for the best candidates you may be screening out some people who could be suitable employees.
    Last edit by Susie2310 on Oct 10, '12
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    I applied for and got an interview with an office (they called me to come in to interview after reading my resume) but I got to looking at the job posting again and wonder if they're setting me up to fail. The posting clearly states must have 6 months related experience (I don't have any in that field) and ACLS (I only have BLS). Are they really taking a chance on me or will they overlook that if I rock my interview? I interviewed with that company before and didn't get the job, but two days after I emailed the "thank you for meeting with me" note I got the call for this interview (which was 4 weeks after the initial interview). Hope I get it!


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