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'll 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've 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'm feeling frustrated and starting to feel lost at the moment. Currently I'm 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'm able to gain employment**.
Please be brutally honest. All suggestions and help are greatly appreciated! Resume/ cover letter:
xxx Country Club Lane
Pomona, NY, 10xxx
Contact Number (845) 555-5555
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.
Cxxxx Bxxxxxx, RN
Cxxxx Mxxxxxx Bxxxxxx, R.N.
555 Country Club Lane ● Pomona, NY, 1xxxx ● (845) 555-5555 ● email@example.com
Medical / Surgical II
- Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern, NY (Spring 2011)
- Nyack Hospital, Nyack, NY (Spring 2011)
Medical / Surgical I
- Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern, NY (Fall 2010)
- Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern, NY (Fall 2010)
- 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
- 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)
- Top Notch Catering, NY. Displayed ability to communicate effectively with clients of diverse cultural backgrounds. Provided customer services. (July 2005- Spring 2006)
- SUNY Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY. Volunteer Mentor (Fall 2010- Spring 2011)
Associates of Science in Nursing
, SUNY Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY (August 2011)
in New York State
certification through American Heart Association
OTHER SPECIAL SKILLS
Proficient with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and other various data entry software.
Aug 18, '12
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
Oct 6, '12
May i suggest, a few changes in the order of your items. I got these from recruiters, HR managers when I could get them to look at my resumes. Definetly put your title because I had one recruiter ask me so what are you LPN or RN can't tell. In a way all new grads are alike zero exp and want a job. So you must do something to separate yourself. Use expensive resume paper, send thank you letters, give weekly/bi weekly phone calls, practice interviewing so it flows. Eh NYC is so saturated so every recruiter has thier own preferences BUT i find that this format works best for most. I write 2 resumes one designed for computer scanning and another meant for human eyes.
Name, R.N. (size 16 font).
I'd suggest leaving out the entire line refernces avaliable becuse well it is aailable why waste space. AND I do not include references because one if they're intersted I'd immediately fax it over and #2 I do not want my refernces contacted unless they're seriously interested in me aka call me in for an interview first. I'll bring it then. I protect my references from being unecssarily bothered because they're busy people so only employers who are willing to interview me will have access to that info, nor do i want employers to reserach me before hand
Last edit by Inori on Oct 6, '12