How did you get your hospital job??? - page 3

by stigrl

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I have been applying like crazy and so far NOTHING!!!! It doesn't help that each hospital has an online only application system... no one to check with or call. The one time I tried to call HR anyways, the lady was irritated and... Read More


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    I applied everywhere I could think of for months and not one person called me back. Finally I called this one hospital after applying about 4 times online. The hr person told me they get almost 500 apps and after number 30 or 40 they stop looking at them. She then told me they were looking for BSN students which I told her I was, and she asked me to email her my resume, and I got the cna position. Don't give up, I was blessed this particular person answered the phone and cared enough to tell me more about the process and take an interest in me.
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    I applied to more than 50 positions, with an excellent GPA, great recommendations, and I didn't get anything for months. I only just got word I did get a position, but I had to follow up like crazy with HR and the nurse manager on the floor for about six weeks! Fortunately I have a couple part-time positions as back ups, but I know the exacerbation you are feeling. You will get it, it just takes forever. Apply everywhere, and follow up! Don't just call human resources - contact the manager of the unit you will be on.
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    With my first hospital job, I just kept applying for almost two years for various jobs that would suit me. Finally, I got a phone call back one day. After I got hired, I went and spoke with the HR lady and asked why it takes so long and she told me that if a certain position has a high turn over rate, they continuously leave it advertised that way IF and WHEN that position was vacated they wouldn't be left searching for someone. They would already have tons of resumes to review and consider.

    The job that I currently picked up, I applied on a Friday and got a phone call the following Monday. It really depends on the institution.
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    I just got a job today!

    The hospital that I am now employed at is not only where I did my clinicals at, but I also volunteered there as well.
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    I got my hospital job.....just by keep applying and contacts do help. Sure ive been rejected alot, by several hospitals. But that just made me want to apply more. And I handed in a resume and cover letter when I had my interview. I just got hired the other day as a PCA.
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    Quote from Bobmo88
    I got my first (and current) healthcare job at a hospital that I had volunteered at for a few years. Not only did I work in different departments but I also helped run the volunteer program as well. I was able to get to know the staff members pretty well, especially in the ER because I had many rotations there. I completed my nursing school pre-reqs during this time and then decided to pursue my phlebotomy certification. I had applied to positions at other hospitals and ambulance companies throughout the years and only got offered two interviews (one which I foolishly declined because I was in school but then I realized I could have requested to start later had I been offered the job) and another I did well in but was not offered the job. As soon as I received my phlebotomy certification in the mail, a per-diem position opened up in the ER. I asked some of the staff members to put in a good word for me,I polished my resume and cover letter and then went to my manager's office directly and handed them to her. She asked when I was available to interview and I met with her the next day and was hired on the spot. After years of looking for any job in the health care field, I found one that I wanted to most. I consider myself very lucky but I also put in a lot of hard work to even get to the point where I could be given the opportunity to interview. I believe one of the nurse practitioners that I got to know very well put in a good word to my manager so that by the time I interviewed, my manager had mostly made up her mind.

    Tips:
    1. Don't give up
    2. Try to network as best you can, for me I volunteered in the hospital and got to know a lot of people.
    3. Have someone look over your resume: I would see if there is a career center nearby or there are any upcoming job fairs. Luckily for me, my Aunt has worked in HR for many companies so I gave her my resume and she changed things around to highlight my strengths.
    4. If you see a position open in a certain department, try going to the manager's office and handing your resume in person. This will show that you are serious about the position and are assertive. Many people with similar qualifications apply to jobs online so putting a face to a name will help you stand out.
    5. Go over your interview skills. Have someone ask you interview questions and research information about the hospital such as mission, core values or even your specific department etc. and be confident.

    Best of luck to you!
    That's very helpful. I'll be using this when I'm applying for nursing jobs in the future
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    I understand your situation girl, I have certificate as a phlebotomy tech, EKG and a pct and nothing so far. I just dont know what to do anymore I have been sending out application like crazy> the only reply I get back from them is that they have received my applications.
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    I do not have a hospital job yet but I am in the middle of the interview process so cross your fingers for me

    I have been volunteering at this hospital since August and I have been networking with different nurse managers in different floors/units which I think helps alot too. I have been religiously applying to all of their PCA positions for the past year and 1/2 and I have FINALLY received a call to come in and interview and I am beyond excited. I do not have any hospital experience (other than volunteering) so I know that is a big reason why I haven't been called in before now. Persistence is key though!
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    Quote from Briterz
    I do not have a hospital job yet but I am in the middle of the interview process so cross your fingers for me

    I have been volunteering at this hospital since August and I have been networking with different nurse managers in different floors/units which I think helps alot too. I have been religiously applying to all of their PCA positions for the past year and 1/2 and I have FINALLY received a call to come in and interview and I am beyond excited. I do not have any hospital experience (other than volunteering) so I know that is a big reason why I haven't been called in before now. Persistence is key though!
    Hope you get it, the waiting is that hard part
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    Quote from Briterz
    I do not have a hospital job yet but I am in the middle of the interview process so cross your fingers for me

    I have been volunteering at this hospital since August and I have been networking with different nurse managers in different floors/units which I think helps alot too. I have been religiously applying to all of their PCA positions for the past year and 1/2 and I have FINALLY received a call to come in and interview and I am beyond excited. I do not have any hospital experience (other than volunteering) so I know that is a big reason why I haven't been called in before now. Persistence is key though!
    Have you heard back yet?


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