I've been an RN since 06 and in 2011 I was back on the market searching for a job in a sea of new grads and other very experienced nurses. I did land a job (hospital) and I start this month so I feel very blessed and equally lucky. I have some tips that you may or may not have heard, so I apologize for any repeats
-tailor your cover letter/resume for EACH position. it's tedious, but use the target words that are in the job description in your cover letter/resume because i've heard that a lot of the larger systems use programs to search for those words to weed out applicants.
-don't be afraid to call the HR recruiter for the jobs you're applying for. if nothing else, they will recognize your name and will at least look at your application/profile while you are on the phone with them. (i did this weekly!!)
-look on craigslist for those odd jobs like being a shot nurse or school nurse. they also seem to post lots of private clinic RN jobs there.
-look into temp jobs: i have a friend who graduated this past summer, couldn't find a job, but found a temp RN job with a hospital where she was trained on the charting system and her job was to be a resource for other nurses/doctors as the system went live. by doing this, she now has connections and will apply for an internship position that opens up this year.
-look for a job with the state corrections dept. it may not be ideal unless you want to be in mental health or corrections, but it's a way to start working, get experience, and get paid. (the friend i mentioned with the temp job got a job with state corrections and another new grad friend started there back in november)
i think that's it for now
feel free to private message me if you have any Qs or anything...hopefully this post doesn't violate any rules - i didn't list any names this time!
Good luck - lilwbprincess