I landed my dream job after graduating with an ADN, passing over many BSN's, however like another poster, I layed the ground work. While in nursing school
, I sat for and passed the LPN boards. I worked part-time as an LPN to gain experience with passing meds, time management, taking orders etc. Others in my class worked as CNA's to get their foot in the door. Get your foot in the door while in school is the most important advice I could give. Lastly, I was very, very persistant. Mangers do not want a meek mouse. Once I got an interview, I kept the department manager abreast when I passed the NCLEX, when I got my license and then when I got my license for the state the job is in. I drive 35 miles each way, and probably pass 3 hospitals, but I love my job.