I got a job!!!! BOO-YOW! - page 5
by ChicagoRNtoBSN 54,489 Views | 86 Comments
I am cheeeesing!!! Because I am officially a nurse. That's right! No longer am I the licensed non-working individual. But I am not here to gloat or rub it in. I wanted to give some tips. They are kind of out-of-the-norm....Very... Read More
- 1Nov 30, '11 by kujomonsterIve tried some of these strategies and have not been as fortunate as the OP. Ive emailed contacts Ive gained at hospitals I want to work at, and it usually ends with an email from them saying "Ive forwarded your information to so and so" and I never hear back. Im dying to get my foot in the door somewhere but I havent been so lucky...
- 12Dec 13, '11 by SushiRNI GOT A JOB TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I followed her suggestions and created a Linked In account, searched for recruiters, DONs, PCDs, at all the hospitals I wanted to work at. Snazzed up my resume and wrote a really great CL w/ an eye catching opening sentence "So&So Hospital is known for their mission in providing high-class patient care and satisfaction." Yup, I researched the hospitals and implemented their "vision" or "mission" statement in my CL. I used the tricks for the email addresses and verified them on verify-email.org sent them away on November 28th and 29th. I got 2 emails back from one hospital from the DONs saying that they are happy that I'm interested and I should apply online, yada, yada, yada. Wrote them back thanking them for their response. Then BOOM the 30th I got a call from a recruiter at their hospital! Coincidence?! I think not!!! Especially since I applied at this hospital 2 months prior with no call backs. Had a phone interview w/ the nurse recruiter. I really let my charismatic personality shine. She told me she would send me resume to the PCD and I would her back within the week. BOOM!! The VERY next morning I got a call back from her to set up an interview. Interviewed for the Total Joint Replacement Unit on Med/Surg on December 2nd. The interview went great. I met with the recruiter and we discussed benefits, interviewed with the PCD, had a panel interview with the nurses on the unit after the unit tour. Again, I let my sparkling personality shine and really pressed about my passion for patient care and team work. Met with the PCD again who said she wanted to hire me and would like me to continue in the hiring process. Did a drug screen that day and another phone interview the following monday. Then I got my official "You're Hired" call yesterday!! I start orientation on Jan. 9 making $10 more than I make now. I got my 12s on the night shift PLUS they are willing to work around my schedule w/ church and give me Thursday & Saturday nights off. And the HUGE plus is they want me to pursue my BSN and will pay 100% if I go to George Mason. What?!?!?! The only thing is the require a 2 year contract after my 90 days, but I'm totally ok with that! They told me I can transfer to different units if it doesn't work out. So ecstatic!! Happy Dance!!!
- 0Dec 13, '11 by kellyp374I have been searching for an RN job for about a month now and have had NO CALL BACKS..nothing...nadda...ziltch! Making me question my decision to quit my well paying job as a Systems Analyst for nursing. It is indeed EXTREMELY frustrating trying to find that first RN job...no one wants to hire an inexperienced nurse...at least not this time of the year. I even moved from a small town to the city thinking i would have better luck at finding that first job...guess the joke is on me!
Now here I sit day after day applying for jobs and within minutes getting the thanks but no thanks emails. What's the point of even applying ?!?!?!
I had to take a crappy call center job that pays practically nothing just to support my daughter and I. I barely make enough to pay my bills and Christmas this year will consist of literally no gifts for anyone. Oh and my awesome student loans are coming due in less than 60 days...gee I am so damn glad I chose to be a nurse!
If there are lessons to be learned in any of this experience....I wish someone would share so I can see the light at the end of this tunnel.
- 0Dec 13, '11 by Faith2012dont give up. Keep trying. Apply in departments that you wouldn't normally apply. Go to hospitals, clinics etc and ask around for what department needs help. You don't have to disclose that you are a nurse looking for a job. However, it may help. It is much easier to impress in person than over the phone or internet. Always look your best and dress to impress. Goodluck
- 2Jan 16, '12 by jobhuntingchicagorntobsn: (for some reason i can't reply through pm)thank you soooo much! my cover letter is so generic, even i myself think it is really boring. so i will definitely work on improving it, thanks for your tips! it makes so much sense to actually put down the skills i have done during clinical. i have a few more qstions if you dont mind?in my cover letter should i : -- include future plans for bsn (i graduated adn) although i didnt' enroll yet?
- reasons for employment gaps? (i didn't work throughout nursing school because i wanted to concentrate mainly on school)
- include a not-so-glamorous gpa? mine was 2.93 including pre-requisites (eek!)
i think i might post a new thread on this too. thank so much for your input!
- 0Jan 16, '12 by teckert1SushiRN - SO happy for you! What a great story!
Can you explain what you did when you sent the emails? Did you just attach the CL and resume, or did you paste the CL in and send that directly to the DON?
Did you add the DONs and PCDs as network connections on LinkedIn or just use that to verify names and positions?
Did you use Monster or another job site to search for jobs?