I have been job searching on and off for a while now in NC. I would suggest something I've found to be helpful no matter what area of nursing you're looking into. I flood the internet with faxed, sent via emails, etc. to different agencies, faacilities, hospitals, etc. that I think I'd like to work for.
Then, I also f/u w/class.ads. from newspapers for nursing jobs
I'd like to be interviewed for. If you do land that interview, send a thank you note via snail mail, not via email, immediately to the person who interviewed you thanking them for the interview...that makes a HUGE impression to your favor.
Make it a job finding a job. Take an entire week, every day, and even hand deliver some resumes....don't forget cover letters, even via email....they go a long way in making it clear you're serious and add a personal touch to an otherwise very formatted resume sent.
Make the cover letter pertinent to the job itself. Introduce yourself and be detailed and business-friendly in the cover letter. These letters of introduction are even more important than the resume itself in some cases. As they are just that. An introd. of yourself before resume is actually even read.
Some HR personnel are impossible to get thru. I've noticed they're more protective of the one doing the job searching for the company and won't even return phone calls or f/u in any other way if THEY don't think you're a good fit. It seems odd, to me anyway, that HR folks who are NOT nurses can even make an informed decision re: status of whether we're interviewable material anyway!
Frustrating, I know. I'm working in a field totally unrelated to nursing right now due to the frustration of unable to find a decent nursing job PLUS some chronic health problems at the moment. May never be able to return to bedside nursing full time ever again. Sad. I'm only 47.