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Don't Want to be Rejected for Job

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by Nurse Beth Nurse Beth, MSN (Advice Column) Writer Innovator Expert

Nurse Beth has 30 years experience as a MSN and works as a Nursing Professional Development Specialist.

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Dear Nurse Beth,

I got the email of the nurse manager of a unit that I really want to work at through one of his former RNs, but I don't meet the experience requirements for the job posting. She told me she would speak to him on my behalf, and she has, but what can I say that might help me to at least be considered instead of outright rejected?

Dear Wants Job,

Let's assume you have applied for the job. Asking someone to put in a word for you is a good strategy. Good for you! When trying for a job you really want, pull out all the stops. For example, consider doing a cold call.

Read about How to Make a Cold Call. After the cold call, you can send a short email thanking  for the opportunity to drop in.

Once you've done all you can, you have to accept the things you have no control over. It will depend on how many other applicants there are. and if they are qualified.

If the job posting says "experience preferred" then you have a shot. If the job posting says "experience required", your chances are not as good, but I say you have nothing to lose.

I myself have landed jobs through perseverance and the power of personality, and I believe the jobs I didn't land weren't meant to be.

Best wishes, 

Nurse BethAuthor, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!

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