Hi everyone, I'm a junior nursing student who does not currently have nursing based employment and it is killing me. I alternate between panic attacks and depression because it makes me think of how disadvantaged I'll be when I graduate next year without any type of work experience. I've gotten all sorts of advice from just keep applying, to networking and going down to the hospitals. I just finished my last final last week so I plan to start going down to hospitals tomorrow and everyday this week to pass in resumes and just to feel like I'm doing more.
What I really need help with is networking. Everyone says networking is key, but how? How do you network and not sound like your selling a sales pitch or that the only reason you're talking to that person is for a job?
Bonus question: Do you think going to each hospital individually is a good idea, I know some hospitals specifically say not to do this on their website but for those that don't I thought it would be something that set me apart from other applicants.
May 20, '12
Networking is simply another way of saying "make connections." In order to network, you just have to get to know people and establish a relationship. You can network with your clinical instructors, lecture instructors, and the nurses and managers at your clinical sites. Make an effort to talk to them and introduce yourself, explain a little bit about your career goals, and ask for advice. Before you leave the clinical- ask if the person would be willing to be a reference for you and let you know about job opportunities on the unit. Exchange contact information.
Keep a list of the people you meet, their names, information, and what unit they work on. Send a thank you note after your clinical. When you apply for a job on a certain unit, contact the people from that unit/clinical and let them know you applied.
Bonus question: No, I don't really think it's a good idea to go to hospitals. Maybe if it's a small, critical access hospital. But the larger hospitals are just going to tell you that their nurse recruiters do not accept walk in visits and you need to apply online.
May 21, '12
Most facilities in my area require you to apply online. When first applying for RN jobs last December, I attempted to personally visit a couple facilities. At one place the HR was on the third level, and I stated to the secretary that I wanted directions how to get to HR. The secretaries eyes got really big, and she said what for!?! I stated I was there to apply to a job, and she pulled out a sheet of paper with directions to the library. LOL! Eventually she explained (in a very rude tone mind you) that you can only apply online. The directions for the library for those that do not have home internet access to apply for the job.
I have had success applying online and following up with a phone call to HR; although, some places do not accept phone inquiries. About one day after applying, call and follow up with the appropriate person. Say Hi, this is ______, I applied for such and such position a couple days ago. State the reasons you are really jazzed up about the place, and ask the HR person if they have any questions.
PS don't panic. I did not have any medical experience. My work experience included 8 years of loading semis at a Walmart Distribution Center. I graduated with my ADN in December, and had a job lined up even before I took my boards. It is a good idea to obtain letters of recommendation from at least a couple instructors, and if possible from your final internship preceptor. When it comes time that you have an interview, bring a copy of your resume, cover letter, letters of recommendation and a list of your references. Put all of these items in a resume folder, and give them to whoever interviews you. This helps "seal the deal" at the end of the interview. Good Luck!!
May 23, '12
Have you considered volunteering at a local hospital. This way you can meet people to network with, nurses and administratores can see you contributing to the hospital. Plus it's some time of experience right?
Jun 7, '12
Thank you all for your advice and suggestions, I'm going to try using your methods and see how it goes. Thanks again I feel a little less anxious than before now so I hope that helps me keep a clear head for my job search
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