Quote from Bella2016
So now that I've been applying for jobs, I've been finding it extremely difficult and discouraging. I have taken BLS and ACLS courses. What others should I take, if any? I do not have any letter so of recommendation (I've thought about contacting my professors but not sure if its appropriate given the time frame)
Should my cover letter include the GAP from graduation date to receiving my license? If so, how would I word that?
And given my situation, what do I need to do differently (if anything) to get an interview? I live in Southern California (Corona area) and have been applying to cities in Orange County as well.
Congrats on earning your license and don't give up. You put your family first and that's commendable- now you just have an extra challenge. Taking more certifications is not the answer. Refining your resume, cover letter, interview skills, and targeting potential employers is key.
There is no downside to asking for letters of recommendations from your previous professors because you have to pull out all the stops now.
You could address the elephant in the room head on in your cover letter by alluding to it briefly but not dwelling on it. "Due to family circumstances, my career was temporarily on hold but now the situation is resolved. I look forward to working in an organization such as yours that shares my values"
It's because of new grads and not so new grads just like yourself that I just wrote a book titled "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your first Nursing Job". It's full of practical suggestions and maybe you'll check it out
I live in California and have a heart for new nurses who are trying to get a start. Best wishes.