I'm a CNA in a subacute rehab unit that's attached to a LTC facility, I've been there for about 6 months. I'm trying to get to a hospital as PCT to broaden my scope and also because I'd like to work 12s to make my school schedule work better for me. I'm having trouble getting any recruiters to contact me, I constantly get rejection emails telling me they chose someone with more experience. Would any of you be so kind to share your resume me with me? I feel like I've highlighted all my skills in a way that would appeal to a hospital, but maybe I'm wrong. I would appreciate any help!
Apr 17, '11
I guess I am the exception to the rule lol. I had about 4 months of experience as a cna in a nursing home before I got a job at a hospital. It can be done! Try applying in May or December. That is when the aides that are nursing student graduate and take the exam to get their license and can no longer work as an aide on their floor.
Usually employers love nursing students, so emphasis that factor. Have a strong list of references that can verify your performance. Are you involved in school or in the community? Talk about your involvement and your leadership roles. That also helped me get the job. I took leadership roles in my student activities council and volunteer at a hospital. Dress to impress and have a positive attitude. Express your reasons why you want to work at that particular hospital. Be passionate and ambitious with a driven attitude.
Having experience in some sort of customer service setting is essential as well. I use to work retail for almost 5 years. As a cna, you need to understand how to communicate with your patients and their needs to make their stay as comfortable as possible.
My resume consist of the usual:
Sometimes even the layout of your resume will catch the attention of a future employer. Microsoft has plenty of modernized templates to help make your resume stand out from the others.
Hope this helps and good luck!
Last edit by LifesAJourney on Apr 17, '11
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