One Strategy To Land a Nursing Job: The End Around - page 4

In order to get a leg up on the competition you need to employ strategies that will help your application float to the top rather than sink to the bottom. The goal is to get your application to... Read More

  1. by   HeyNurse2014
    If the nurse manager gets irritated just because you're dropping off a resume, it's a clear sign to me to steer clear of that unit.
  2. by   KeepItRealRN
    Quote from HeyNurse2014
    If the nurse manager gets irritated just because you're dropping off a resume, it's a clear sign to me to steer clear of that unit.
    ^^^^Good point! I never thought of that. Tru dat ^^^^
  3. by   AmyRN303
    In my area, dropping off a resume in this fashion would likely be received well in LTC, SNF, or assisted living. Perhaps even in a smaller hospital, though I can't vouch for that. It would likely not be well received at the hospital into which I was just hired. The rep from HR told me that people walk into HR all the time and say that they have an appointment with her when they don't. Those people don't get interviews. I'd recommend introducing yourself to a NM during clinical, if you're interested in working for him/her. Form those relationships during the clinical process. Who you know does matter in some cases, and even if there isn't an opening in that unit, the NM may be able to pass your resume on with a good word if he/she has seen you in action. But I wouldn't recommend walking onto a locked unit and trying to get your foot in the door, personally.
  4. by   KeepItRealRN
    Quote from AmyRN303
    But I wouldn't recommend walking onto a locked unit and trying to get your foot in the door, personally.
    Sounds like I should have specified this in the OP. I assume that when a person does the homework on a particular unit and discovers that the unit is "locked" that common sense would dictate walking into the unit in person is not a good idea.

    In my unit any Tom, Dick or Harry can simply walk in and the staff in the unit will be friendly and helpful.
  5. by   AmyRN303
    Yes, it should be common sense. But I would also advise against this on a busier unit, personally, locked or not, if you're unsure of the policy. If you can, do some research on the unit and feel them out to see how it would be received. I come from a non-nursing background where being proactive and dropping off resumes in person was welcomed and encouraged. It definitely puts a face to a name and demonstrates assertiveness and enthusiasm for the position. I'd just be careful when it comes to doing this in nursing.
  6. by   Concerto_in_C
    Once you have experience, you get exactly the same deal everywhere you go in the country, which begs the questions how employers hope to attract nurses with strong resumes in an industry that refuses to offer attractive pay incentives? Looking for a fool who will quit a perfectly good gig in exchange for nothing in return? Why would I go and work for somebody who has nothing to offer me that I don't have already? This topic interests me so much, it almost requires a separate thread.

    The industry is turning around. Companies will be no longer able to hire strong players for a handful of peanuts, like they did in the last 5 years or so. I think new grads will return to favor.
    Last edit by Concerto_in_C on Jun 6, '14
  7. by   KeepItRealRN
    Quote from Concerto_in_C
    Why would I go and work for somebody who has nothing to offer me that I don't have already? This topic interests me so much, it almost requires a separate thread.
    You start one and I'll chime in. I have a lot to say on the subject.
  8. by   Elle7
    This is a great plan. Is it practical? Most of it, but, not the part where you show up on the floor seeking the nurse manager out. An invitation is preferable. Good luck to all new grads! Work diligently looking for your first nursing job. Be flexible, you may need to move away from your home base. That may be difficult. But, it is what it is!
  9. by   Meriwhen
    I've posted about this many times before so I won't rehash my whole lecture...not today, anyway But I'll post the most important thing:

    Keep in mind that when you visit the unit in the hopes of landing a job, remember that you are intruding uninvited onto their workday. Please reread the previous sentence until you understand it.

    You may catch them at a good moment and end up scoring an interview with the nurse manager, or at least making a good connection with someone there who can talk you up to the manager later on. But also keep in mind that that the staff may not be willing/able to drop everything to talk with you. On a busy unit or a busy day, they may just take your resume, say "thank you, we'll be in touch" and leave it at that.

    In fact, they may not even be happy to see you standing there with resume in hand...especially if you're the third drop-in job hunter they've had to deal with today, or if facility policy is that applicants must only go through HR. And manage to get onto a high-secuity unit uninvited (such as L&D, nursery and locked psych) and you may find yourself persona non grata at the entire facility.

    So if you chose to do this (I won't say do or don't do it, just that there are both risks and benefits to consider), don't throw an attitude if they don't fawn over you, or if your visit backfires. It is a risk that you are taking. It may pay off in a job or at least an interview, or it may not.
    Last edit by Meriwhen on Jun 9, '14
  10. by   muddypaws
    This is fantastic advice, thanks for sharing!
  11. by   KatL.RN
    This is great information if you are looking for a position in a hospital setting but really difficult to do when dealing with other career settings. I am looking in home health and the insurance industry where often the corporate offices or recruiters are in a totally different state!
  12. by   golgesiz
    Nice..

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