Wondering why you can't get hired or promoted: Resume + Interview hints! - page 20
look at your resume!!! i've been reviewing resumes for open positions in my department and can't believe the resumes i've received: misspelling, words crossed off, no cover letter, including... Read More
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0May 27, '11 by newtinmplsHi all,
After hearing so many folks who are surprised at the difficulty getting a job, I thought I'd post a bit on my history.
I worked at my hospital as a CNA for .. about 18 years. Got into a scholarship program affiliated with the hospital (not funded BY it), which put me through RN, and then BSN. Got the RN in 08 and took boards that Fall. So as of Oct 2008 I'm "a nurse". Did they hire me? No.
Just about the same time, 1-the hospital became unionized (nursing union) and 2-the economy hit the toilet. Long story short, all the former intermittant nurses were scrambling for anything open, and since they were union - pretty much no one who wasn't was being hired. After about a year of applying in house, I started looking for "anything", so I ended up getting 2 weekend only jobs at 2 LTC places (oddly enough both were dementia units) even while I continued to apply at the hospital.
Then they d/c'ed CNA positions, as they wanted to switch to medical assistants in the clinics (I was a clinic float at the time). I couldn't get certified because I had the "wrong credientials", couldn't keep my job, and breifly transferred to Poison Control, where, well, it was a poor fit. I was within a week of losing my position at the hospital (and the rest of the scholarship) when miraculously I was accepted into Psych in Nov 09 (a little over a year, and 32 internal applications later). Oddly enough the fact that I had dementia experience had been a plus.
My take home? Apply. Don't give up. Get experience ANYWHERE even the places "I would never want to work" because any step is a good step. At any point in my months and apps I could have walked away, and I would have missed out on working in psych, and getting so excited about it that this is my specialty of choice as I pursue my NP doctorate.
0Jun 29, '11 by lkadams2During my RN education program, my instructors told me that it was OK to bring notes to your interview! It's better to be prepared than to spend 5 minutes thinking of an answer!
0Jun 29, '11 by lkadams2When writing a cover letter, how do you know who the recipient is? The HR staff member that contacted me for my interview is not the person who will be interviewing me. I only know the name and not the title? Any suggestions on generic recipients?
0Jun 30, '11 by cjcsoon2brn, BSN, RNQuote from lkadamsI would make a point of calling the HR staff member who initially contacted you and ask them who you should address the cover letter to and if they don't give you an answer then I would put "Nurse Recruiter" but only do that if they do not give you a specific addressee or if they request you to address the cover letter with that title.When writing a cover letter, how do you know who the recipient is? The HR staff member that contacted me for my interview is not the person who will be interviewing me. I only know the name and not the title? Any suggestions on generic recipients?
0Jul 1, '11 by lkadams2Quote from cjcsoon2brnThank you. I have already submitted my application and have an interview scheduled today...I had submitted my application and resume w/o a cover letter...so is it a waste of time to give them one now? I guess I really wasn't all too prepared, just eager to get a new job! And good luck on your NCLEX today! I take mine July 12!I would make a point of calling the HR staff member who initially contacted you and ask them who you should address the cover letter to and if they don't give you an answer then I would put "Nurse Recruiter" but only do that if they do not give you a specific addressee or if they request you to address the cover letter with that title.
0Jul 17, '11 by cyb3rRNWow! This seems to be extremely helpful. Thank you so much for sharing. I am working on a new resume now and have new hope of being hired as a "new grad". Thanks again!
0Jul 17, '11 by lifein08hello
I am a registerd nurse. I really need help from a recruiter to review my resume and cover letter. I have applied to many jobs over the years but can't get a job or even an interview. please help me.
0Aug 6, '11 by nikkicb2004This thread was really, really helpful. Now time for me to buckle down and hash out this resume.
0Jan 28, '12 by Yvette2946Quote from Doug CraigThis is great advice for nurses that have experience behind their belt but what about a graduate nurse whose only experience occurred in the clinical setting?Many resumes that I see are finctional in format. They state the job and job resonsibilities but do not include accomplishments. Always include your achievements in the workplace. Include the metrics to support them. Numbers, percentages, timing reductions, etc. are very important.
Format is ver important. You would not believe the number of executive resumes I receive that are poorly structured and lack the detail to show what a person has achieved. Below are a few examples of what I am referring to.
o Restructured Preoperative Services to enhance accountability, productivity, efficiency, and customer satisfaction
o Developed marketing strategies that enhance volumes, staff retention, and increased surgeon's
o Reduced inventory by $800,000.00
o Developed and implemented a Case Cart system
o Increased patient readiness 12 hours prior to procedure from 20% to 80% (goal 100%)
o Increased first case on time start from 22% to 85%
o Completed Phase II of the Perioperative electronic clinical documentations
o Implemented a Perpetual Inventory system which achieved a cost savings of $240,000 in the OR
o Restructured Anesthesiology to increase revenue by $3 Million per annum
o Developed and implemented processes to increase procedures by 47% above FY07 procedures
o Decreased room turnover from 1 hour to 30 minutes to our goal 20 minutes
o Developed and implemented Service Line Team Leaders, which has increased the depth of the organization
o Developed and implemented a Collaborative Practice committee with Surgeons and nursing
Take the time and put forth the effort to create a resume that will yield results.