The job market is tough... "How tough is it?" - page 2

It's so tough that you get a rejection email before you've even submitted the application. I was only half way through the application (no where near completion, let alone electronically signing a... Read More

  1. by   traumaRUs
    Just a quick staff note - we do reserve the right to move threads to a more appropriate forum. The fact that this thread has multiple pages of answers speaks for itself.
  2. by   Caffeine_IV
    Well today I just got up from a short snooze in preparation for work and had two emails.

    One from the nurse manager of the department saying to contact to set up interview from her work email. Then one hour later...the standard rejection email that I've gotten again and again. I guess if you don't respond quickly enough you miss the boat. Both before I was awake!
  3. by   SHGR
    Lil'mama, did you still write back? Please tell us you did!
  4. by   Guttercat
    Quote from HouTx
    Based on my experience with some (very flawed) online job application systems . . .

    When a job is linked to the online application system, it can be configured with screening criteria. The criteria can be used to filter out the 'best' applications or they can be set up as 'deal breakers' that automatically reject the applicant.

    The problem is - those systems are usually very rudimentary (inexpensive in terms of software) ... For instance, if a job requires a minimum education of BSN, and an applicant enters "MSN", the system will reject because it has no underlying logic that says "this exceeds the requirement, so this is a good application" Sometimes, this automated idiocy can be overcome by a really expert person who can figure out how to get past the limitations, but this is a very rare event.

    Depending on how the software is set up - the screening during the entry process rather than after the applicant hits the "submit" button. If it is the former, it is very possible for someone to receive a rejection before they have even submitted the application... sounds like this may have happened to the OP. It's nuts. My advice? Just keep trying & modify the information you put in each time until you hit upon a combination that works. You can always fess up to any inaccuracies and explain why you did them when (if?) you get to talk to a human.

    Thank you for the excellent insights!
  5. by   Guttercat
    Quote from traumaRUs
    Just a quick staff note - we do reserve the right to move threads to a more appropriate forum. The fact that this thread has multiple pages of answers speaks for itself.
    Agreed. I understand the necessity of moving threads. It does seem, though, that threads are moved much more frequently here than in any other forum I am involved in. I do wish the site was laid out differently (it's an egg hunt), but that's an entirely different topic.

    Regardless, I am glad the site is here, and I am grateful for folks that spend unpaid hours volunteering to keep the place in order.
  6. by   Caffeine_IV
    Quote from SHGR
    Lil'mama, did you still write back? Please tell us you did!
    Yes I did but didn't get any reply.

    When I checked my application status it had gone from - hiring manager to contact candidate to others more qualified for this position.
  7. by   sandangel2001
    How tough is it? I have a Masters - Awards up the Wazoo - perfect GPA - letters of recommendation - numerous advance certification and I can't get a job.
    I am getting close to saying - done and going back to Sales.

    dejected, and rejected in Cali
  8. by   Not_A_Hat_Person
    How tough is it? Even 1-star nursing homes want 1 year of experience.
  9. by   Esme12
    Quote from sandangel2001
    How tough is it? I have a Masters - Awards up the Wazoo - perfect GPA - letters of recommendation - numerous advance certification and I can't get a job.
    I am getting close to saying - done and going back to Sales.

    dejected, and rejected in Cali
    Is your masters in nursing?
  10. by   Guttercat
    Quote from sandangel2001
    How tough is it? I have a Masters - Awards up the Wazoo - perfect GPA - letters of recommendation - numerous advance certification and I can't get a job.
    I am getting close to saying - done and going back to Sales.

    dejected, and rejected in Cali
    Like Esme, I'm also curious.

    Do you have previous nursing experience, or are you a new grad RN with a Master's in another field?

    "Numerous Advanced Certifications" leads me to believe you have experience. If so, I wonder if you are "over-qualified" (<<< read that: "Too expensive and knows too much about the inner shenanigans of the industry.")
  11. by   morte
    It's so tough that......(Johnny Carson....)
  12. by   Nonetheless
    Quote from Guttercat
    Like Esme, I'm also curious.

    Do you have previous nursing experience, or are you a new grad RN with a Master's in another field?

    "Numerous Advanced Certifications" leads me to believe you have experience. If so, I wonder if you are "over-qualified" (<<< read that: "Too expensive and knows too much about the inner shenanigans of the industry.")
    there are entry level MSN programs where your scope of practice is an RN but you have an MSN rather than a BSN.
  13. by   sandangel2001
    Sorry for the late reply, I have a BSN and Masters in public health along with 20+ years of pharmaceutical sales management.
    But still no stinking job.

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