From everything I've read, it's hard to get on at a hospital without some experience, so a couple of weeks before my PCA course ends, I'm going to start putting in applications and dropping my resume off at a few LTC facilities.
But I'm also going to look for positions within the US government, which are always listed at www.usajobs.gov
. Getting a job at the federal level is the way to go - so many benefits, automatic raises, many holidays and paid time off, and good starting pay. I'm also looking at being a civilian worker for the Army or something similar, where as a PCA I'd be part of the support network in a facility on a base somewhere in the world. Also good benefits and pay, plus you'd be able to shop tax free on base. That URL is www.cpol.army.mil
I'm going to put in if there's a listing at the local university also. They have a brand new health center and a really fantastic women's health center and I'd love to work there. So you might also look and see if you have a big university that needs CNA's. Also, don't forget to try medical parks/private physician offices. Sometimes the perks there can be pretty great (my sister is an RN, but she started off as a records tech, working at a dr's office, and they paid for a lot of her training).
So those are a couple of my ideas. Good luck to all of us finding a job... goodness knows in this economy, the sooner the better!