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Advice when handing in my resume in person

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Hi I am a new grad RN and was thinking I'd start going in person to hand in my resume, since I've been applying online and have not had any luck so far. However , I'm wondering if when I do this should I just hand in my resume to the front desk lady in the HR office letting her know I'm a new grad RN or ask to speak to a nurse recruiter to hand it to her personally so I can introduce myself to her? The first hospital I am going to is a hospital where I volunteered at

Try to get beyond the receptionist. Ask to go to the HR office if there is one, and ask to fill out an app if they will provide you with one. Leave only the resume if they refuse to give you an app to fill out. (That kind of place probably isn't a good bet anyway). Dress nicely when you go in case you are provided an interview on the spot. It does happen sometimes and you want to create a good impression. Make certain that you have all of your employment data, (ID, license, CPR card, copy of latest employment physical, etc.) with you, so you can make the most of the visit.

TransportJockey, EMT-P

Specializes in Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, C-NPT, FP-C. Has 10 years experience.

Try to get beyond the receptionist. Ask to go to the HR office if there is one, and ask to fill out an app if they will provide you with one. Leave only the resume if they refuse to give you an app to fill out. (That kind of place probably isn't a good bet anyway). Dress nicely when you go in case you are provided an interview on the spot. It does happen sometimes and you want to create a good impression. Make certain that you have all of your employment data, (ID, license, CPR card, copy of latest employment physical, etc.) with you, so you can make the most of the visit.

I don't know if I'd say the kind of place that doesn't give you an appliation to fill out isn't a good place. The two hospital systems I've worked at they literally didn't have a physical application. Anyone dropping their resume off in the HR office would be thanks and then asked to please fill out an application online with their web based application system.

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 10 years experience.

I don't know if I'd say the kind of place that doesn't give you an appliation to fill out isn't a good place. The two hospital systems I've worked at they literally didn't have a physical application. Anyone dropping their resume off in the HR office would be thanks and then asked to please fill out an application online with their web based application system.

Many places HR is offsite so walking into a facility will only get you directed to a computer kiosk to fill out an online application. Many NYC facilities will not permit you past the front entrance info desk without an appointment or a valid visitation

I was referring to the chances of getting a job offer when the employer won't even give you an application. If it is online only, they will inform you of that. I don't bother with online only since I never heard from any of them when I went through the trouble of applying. It is rare that I am told that a place is not hiring, when I go in person. Now, available work after they have you go through the paperwork process is a different story.

Thank you so much for your replies. Very helpful. :yes:

estrellaCR, BSN, RN

Specializes in OB, Pediatrics, Maternal/Child Health. Has 2 years experience.

Smiley, in NYC going to HR to pass out resume will only get you HR staff telling you to apply online. The only people that get cleared to walk into an HR Managers office are those with an appointment (interview). If you are open to clinics and nursing homes/skilled nursing facility then walking in to drop resume may work. But if you are targeting hospitals, then it's a waste of your time. The only way to get past online apps is to know someone on the inside who will get HR to pull your app from the thousands of new grad apps.

Me, I got hired for my first RN job by applying online (and i did not know anyone) and same for my second job. You can also research HR emails on Google and email the HR Nurse Recruiters. I got interviews as a new grad this way and also now as RN with experience. Recruiters are most likely to respond to email. However if you show up at HR as a stranger requesting a job/interview...they will say "who are you? do you have an appointment?" and tell you to apply online.

I think it depends n where you are located, I have heard that on the east coast you may not be able to do this, but if you can, then bypass HR and get the resume to the NM of a unit that is hiring and where the job doesn't require a year experience. HR isn't very helpful or new grad friendly in many places, but if you get up to the NM you have a shot at the job. Best of luck

estrellaCR, BSN, RN

Specializes in OB, Pediatrics, Maternal/Child Health. Has 2 years experience.

Since this is posted in the New York forum, it seems the OP wants to give out resumes in the NY area even possibly NYC. Smiley, have you tried non-NYC area to apply to? I heard hospitals/facilities in Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo, Albany as well as rural areas hire new grads and accepts them from the online application system. In rural areas, you may have better luck with HR and Nurse Managers as they will be more in need of staff and not have such a hectic day as managers in NYC. In NYC, You would not make it past security to see a nurse manager without an appointment. An NM will not appreciate an uninvited stranger disrupting her busy day (and if this worked...imagine how many new grads would be on to the floors after the NM...too many). However if by chance you connect with an NM by networking or find her email then yes she may invite you to visit and you will be cleared and welcomed to walk onto the unit.

Thanks for the reply and your help! Yeah I'll look into that. So far I've applied to Long Island hospitals.

CerseiRN, MSN, RN, APRN, NP

Has 5 years experience.

Thanks for the reply and your help! Yeah I'll look into that. So far I've applied to Long Island hospitals.

Hi smiley28! What ended up working for my group of friends is actually trying to directly email the nurse recruiters while simultaneously applying online. Sometimes a handful of recruiters ignore your email, but all it takes is one who is really interested and sets the ball rolling. Good luck with your job search!

Edit: Essentially what estrellaCR has stated and she did a fantastic job! It really works. Good luck once again

Edited by CerseiRN
estrellaCR stated her post perfectly

Thanks!! I will try to do that :)

Hi I am a new grad RN and was thinking I'd start going in person to hand in my resume, since I've been applying online and have not had any luck so far. However , I'm wondering if when I do this should I just hand in my resume to the front desk lady in the HR office letting her know I'm a new grad RN or ask to speak to a nurse recruiter to hand it to her personally so I can introduce myself to her? The first hospital I am going to is a hospital where I volunteered at

Am here to tell you that for every major NYC hospital you won't get a foot past security. Things were tight before 9/11/01 and due to a few major instances of persons getting in places they shouldn't, post that event and modern times *everyone* is stopped at security and asked about their business. If you say you have an appointment a telephone call will be placed to verify before you are given a pass/permission. Otherwise security will give you the standard response as directed.

Should by some chance or luck you do reach HR/nurse recruitment your chances of meeting anyone besides a receptionist are nil to none. She or he may take your resume and forward, but chances are they will direct you to the system's online application site.

Know also HR/nurse recruitment may not even be in the same building as the main hospital. Now that all hospitals in NYC (except NYU) are part of large networks much HR has been centralized to serve the entire system. When considered for a position you may or will obviously get to interview at a location, but the initial application, screening and perhaps even testing may take place somewhere else before you even reach that stage.

RescueNinjaKy

Specializes in Cath/EP lab, CCU, Cardiac stepdown. Has 3 years experience.

Not that I'm telling you to do it because I personally don't think it's a good idea in New York, but when I did clinicals, I could walk just about anywhere with my scrubs and no one would stop me.

Not that I'm telling you to do it because I personally don't think it's a good idea in New York, but when I did clinicals, I could walk just about anywhere with my scrubs and no one would stop me.

Hence the tighter security controls many hospitals have today. In some facilities regardless of who you are and what you are wearing being in an area you shouldn't without reason/authorization can lead to problems.

No end of bad things happened including crimes such as rape, kidnapping and or murder when anyone dressed in a nurse's uniform or scrubs was allowed free access to all areas of a hospital. This was true back in the starched whites & cap days as well as modern times.

Infants have been taken from maternity floors because someone who looked like/dressed as a nurse waltzed in and was handed or took the baby.

Finally should add to this conversation not all nurse managers or HR officials take kindly to those barging into their offices or floors to drop off resumes. Yes, they understand how difficult it is to find work but procedures and systems are set up for a reason. If you won't follow them before hire what guarantee is there you will afterwards?