I feel your pain. I'm at the point where encouragement only makes me more irate. I don't want encouragement, I want a job! The market is just as bad where I live in Georgia. I started my applications in January, had a few interviews, was even teased by one hospital for 4 months, but ultimately ALL of them decided to not hire ANY outside new graduates. The hospital I was working at at the time is one of 2 in my area that actually did hire outside new grads, but it was very competitive and I was not chosen. I've been an ER tech there for 2 years, busted my ass for them, it was very much a slap in the face. By the time I got their rejection, it was already too late to try for a regular floor position there (internal could only try for one at a time... lame). None of this mattered much at the time, because I've seriously applied to every major hospital in the southeast and almost every hospital in Georgia, period, uncountable hospitals outside of the region, including every type of unit I could find, I was NOT picky, and felt surely by the time my May grad date came around, I'd have something. I've applied online, in person, called HR recruiters, worked every connection I have, and NOTHING. I figured that surely, after passing NCLEX and getting my license, things would turn around. NOPE! Not only did they not turn around, they got worse-- I was terminated from the ER job b/c I passed NCLEX! They had told me that I could finish out the pay period b/c they can't apply pay changes in the middle of the period, and I checked that with every ER manager and HR, but nonetheless got a phone call this morning that I'm terminated NOW and not next week when the pay period ends, nevermind the lie they fed me previously.
This is easily the most depressed I've ever been. I try to laugh and find irony in that I busted my butt in school to get good grades and work in a job that should HELP me get a job after I graduate but I was graduating in an in-demand field, so I shouldn't have any problems-- oh but wait, my class is the one getting the shaft hardcore-- but I can't help but be horribly bitter at this point for alot of reasons, being optimistic is what made this downfall so hard in the first place.
And grad school isn't an option right now either. I don't know what to do anymore.