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CNA and difficulty finding a job

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by joqu102 joqu102 (New) New

Hello,

I was certified as a CNA a few months ago in NJ and I've been unable to find a job. I have experience as a child care provider and I worked for three years as a caregiver for a dementia patient. I was an unlicensed child care provider and I worked with this family for three years. Since, I've never had a job working in a medical establishment, how can I get employers to take my resume and job application seriously. I've been on five interviews so far and even though the interviews went well, two rehab centers informed me that my work experience was not verifiable. I did provide them with my former employers contact information and any other information they required. I'm so frustrated, because I really want to work as a CNA. How difficult was it for you to land your first CNA job with no experience?

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Missingyou, CNA

Specializes in Long term care. Has 20 years experience.

Try working for a home care agency for a little while to get some experience. They are almost always hiring. They usually don't pay as well and the work schedule is unpredictable, but the experience you gain will be helpful.

Also, if you are only applying in hospitals, they almost always require 6 months of nursing home care experience.

Thank you Missingyou, I don't mind the pay, because I really need experience. I will definitely apply at home care agencies.