Desperate (old) new graduate. Please review my resume and cover letter. Thank you!

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    Before I get to the point of this post I would like to thank everyone in advance for taking the time to read this and reply with some feedback. Any criticism would be helpful and greatly appreciated. I値l try and keep the post as short as possible.
    I completed my nursing program in May 2011 with an Associates Degree in Nursing and graduated in August 2011. January 2012 I passed the NCLEX-RN and am now a licensed RN in New York State.
    For the past 8 months I致e been applying daily and have yet to receive any job offers. The only interview I have been able to land has been an RN position in the Emergency Department (my ultimate goal, however I will take ANYTHING* in acute care). This job hunting has been stressful to say the least. I知 feeling frustrated and starting to feel lost at the moment. Currently I知 looking into volunteer work and enrolling in an RN-BSN program (beginning in spring 2013).
    What else can I do to gain the necessary experience to obtain an entry level position in acute care?
    Are there any hospitals that are friendly to new graduate RNs? I will move anywhere provided I知 able to gain employment**.

    Please be brutally honest. All suggestions and help are greatly appreciated! Resume/ cover letter:

    My name
    xxx Country Club Lane
    Pomona, NY, 10xxx
    Myname@gmail.com
    Contact Number (845) 555-5555

    08/ 08/2012

    Name of recruiter
    Recruiter for Nursing Positions
    Wxxxxxx Medical Center
    xxx East Main Street
    Mt. Kisco, NY 1xxxx

    Dear Mx. xxxx,

    I was pleased to learn of your need for an Emergency Department Registered Nurse, as my career goals are directly in line with this opportunity.

    My educational background and work experience have provided me with an excellent foundation required to be an effective part of your team. I am confident that a challenging environment such as yours will provide an excellent opportunity to best utilize my skills while contributing to the healthcare community, patients and their families. My strong initiative and passion to learn, combined with my ability to work well under pressure, will enable me to make a substantial contribution to Northern Wxxxxxxx Hospital.

    I look forward to an interview with you to discuss my education and experience. Please contact me at (845) 555-5555 or at the address above. I have enclosed a copy of my resume with this letter. Thank you for your attention and consideration.

    Sincerely,
    Cxxxx Bxxxxxx, RN



    Cxxxx Mxxxxxx Bxxxxxx, R.N.
    555 Country Club Lane ● Pomona, NY, 1xxxx ● (845) 555-5555 ● cbxxxxxx@gmail.com


    CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
    Medical / Surgical II- Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern, NY (Spring 2011)
    Pediatric- Nyack Hospital, Nyack, NY (Spring 2011)
    Medical / Surgical I- Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern, NY (Fall 2010)
    Maternity- Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern, NY (Fall 2010)
    Psychiatric- Summit Park Hospital, Pomona, NY / Rockland Psychiatric Center, Orangeburg, NY (Spring 2010)
    Orthopedic / Rehabilitation- Helen Hayes Hospital, West Haverstraw, NY (Spring 2010)
    Geriatrics / Community Health- Summit Park Hospital, Pomona, NY (Fall 2009) Northern Manor Multi-care Center, Nanuet, NY (Spring 2009)
    ADDITIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
    Teaching Assistant- Rockland Learning Center, Pomona, NY. Planned age appropriate activities for preschool children. (Summer 2006- Present)
    Microfilm Data Clerk- Smooth Solutions, Lodi, NJ. Worked collaboratively with team members. Organized medical and legal documents for conversion to micrograph film. (May 2012- July 2012)
    Waiter- Top Notch Catering, NY. Displayed ability to communicate effectively with clients of diverse cultural backgrounds. Provided customer services. (July 2005- Spring 2006)
    VOLUNTEER
    Mentor- SUNY Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY. Volunteer Mentor (Fall 2010- Spring 2011)
    EDUCATION
    Associates of Science in Nursing, SUNY Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY (August 2011)
    CERTIFICATION
    Registered Nurse in New York State
    BLS certification through American Heart Association
    OTHER SPECIAL SKILLS
    Proficient with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and other various data entry software.
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    I would also in your resume provide traits about your personality---I am a hard worker, I am a quick thinker, Honest, trustworthy, friendly and so on. Also what seems to help me is putting pertinent courses I took in college.

    I feel your pain, I am also a old new grad. But I am volunteering and obtaining my BSN as of now too. I just landed a job interview today!! yay! Just stay positive and keep yourself out in the open and make yourself known!! Go to the places where you would like a job bring your resume, transcripts, license and such and go to human resources or the nurse manager and tell them about the job you are interested in and why you are right for that position.

    GOOD LUCK!!!!!
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    iliketosneeze,

    I just wanted to ask if you are truly comfortable with the possibility that with the information you have given, there is a chance that someone might be able to identify you. Someone recently posted an article on AllNurses that speaks of some of the undesirable outcomes that have happened to certain members when they have been identified through their posts. I don't know if you are a new member, but I know you can edit your post for a certain time if you have an unpaid membership; I believe if you want to edit your post after that time period you have to contact the help desk.
    fromtheseaRN and LindseyRN86 like this.
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    Sorry posted earlier..
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    My suggestion is to keep it brief and to the point. I had submitted a resume to a couple hospitals here in NY and received negative feedback from them in regards to the clinical experience from school that I listed. They didn't find that information necessary. If it were me, I would take that out. Also, list the dates of your certifications (BLS,license....).

    One nurse recruiter told me that the easier a resume is to read, and the more concise it is, the more willing a nurse manager will be to look at it...(which makes sense if they have to shuffle through a lot of them!)

    Good luck!!
    p2of8 and StillsmilingRN like this.
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    I can't put my finger on it but the 2nd sentence in your cover letter does quite flow right. Maybe you should drop 'required'
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    Are you sure you want to reveal your information on a public website? I think you should really edit your post so nobody identifies you.
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    As a new grad, you need a skills resume as opposed to an experential resume (which is what you're trying to write here)
    NAME
    ADDRESS, CITY, STATE, ZIP
    PHONE NUMBER PROFESSIONAL LOOKING / SOUNDING EMAIL

    OBJECTIVE - Full or part time RN position.

    LICENSING
    RN License # 32174856 New York State Exp 5/12/2014
    BLS Certification Exp 5/11/2014
    ACLS Certification (if you have it)
    TNCC (if you have it)

    EDUCATION
    Associates of Science in Nursing, SUNY Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY (August 2011) G.P.A. - ??? (if it's 3.0 or better, if not, maybe don't list it)

    CLINICAL SKILLS
    IV initiation, Catheter initiation, blood draws, computer based charting, medication administration, etc... (if you can't do them, don't write them)


    HOSPITAL EXPERIENCE
    Mentor
    - SUNY Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY. Volunteer Mentor (Fall 2010- Spring 2011)

    ADDITIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
    Teaching Assistant- Rockland Learning Center, Pomona, NY. Planned age appropriate activities for preschool children. (Summer 2006- Present)
    Microfilm Data Clerk- Smooth Solutions, Lodi, NJ. Worked collaboratively with team members. Organized medical and legal documents for conversion to micrograph film. (May 2012- July 2012)
    Waiter- Top Notch Catering, NY. Displayed ability to communicate effectively with clients of diverse cultural backgrounds. Provided customer services. (July 2005- Spring 2006)

    COMPUTER SKILLS
    Proficient with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and various data entry software.

    REFERENCES
    Conventional wisdom here is to put "available upon request", but if you have strong references from some of your nursing school professors or some of the nurses you did clinicals with, and they've given you the ok to use them as a reference, you might go ahead and list them. The benefit to putting "available upon request" is you know if they want to check your references. The benefit to go ahead and listing them is you've taken some work out of the hiring manager's pool to get in touch with you to ask for the numbers. That might be a difference in getting the first call, or someone else getting the first call, to interview.
    elprup, NRSKarenRN, and charli_appleRN like this.
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    Thank you so much everyone for taking the time to share your experiences and advice.*My only regret is not joining this online community sooner.

    Regarding clinical experience.... I have been hearing 2 sides.*

    1) " less is more" recommending complete omission of clinical info as a student ....as I'm sure this looks like fluff for a new graduate RN.
    2) list the hospital, specialty( ei: Hospital, city, state, med/surg,date *in reverse chronological order to emphasize that my clinical experience as a student nurse were within an acute *care setting.

    Further thoughts? Experiences?
    Last edit by iliketosneeze on Aug 18, '12
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    I would not list clinical experiences unless you were an intern / extern type position. Every nursing student has nursing clinicals in school - you address your clinical acumen when you list your actual skills. As in, I would be comfortable checking off these skills in my first two days of orientation.

    If, in clinicals, you took advantage of every urinary catheter or IV stick or IM injection that came your way - you list it in clinical skills.

    This way, you can give the HR people a basic idea of how much training you will require in given skill sets. At the same time, if you've only started one IV or two urinary catheters, I wouldn't list them... because you're going to need at least a little coaching through the skills check off.


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