STILL don't have a job?? Vent here! - page 20
Hi all! I've been on this site for a while now, but haven't posted much. however, i feel like it'll just make me (and hopefully a few others) feel a bit better about this whole job situation if we... Read More
Jan 21, '10Specialty: LTC/Skilled Care/Rehab ; From: US ; Joined: Oct '05; Posts: 620; Likes: 232I know how you feel JenniferSews. I am getting very discouraged. I feel like just laying in bed all day but I know that won't help. I also feel a little bitter toward my classmates who are already on their second job. I can't even get one chance to prove myself as a nurse and they have already had two. During one of my interviews, the manager said not to give up hope. Kind of hard when I have a degree that is pretty worthless. She didn't hire me either . Why can't I even get a part-time job on the night shift. I would be fine with one shift a week. I just need something!!!! I just try to be thankful for what I do have.....especially after everything that has happened in Haiti. Life could be much worse!!! (((HUGS)))
Jan 21, '10Joined: Feb '09; Posts: 147; Likes: 110Guys, please don't lose hope! That's the last thing any of you should do. I've been through this too. When I had just about stopped sending out applications, I got a job offer a week ago in a unit that, initially, I was very hesitant about (not med/surg, which I wanted, but at this point one can't be picky!), but willing to take it. And that was after almost a year (7-8 months) of job hunting with about a hundred applications sent out. As I've said in a few other posts and I'll repeat it again: NETWORK. Back when I was still job hunting, I volunteered at the red cross and met some really supportive RNs that were willing to help me out. Meet people, even if they aren't in the medical field--they might know someone who knows someone! That was one of the ways I got a lead at a cancer clinic/treatment center--I spoke with a friend that has an aunt who has a friend that's a nurse (confused yet?? ). I spoke with the nurse-friend, she gave me a number to call that lead from one thing to another...to which I could have gotten a job at a clinic administering chemotherapy. It's not exactly what I would have in mind as a first RN job, but I'd still be working as an RN and using my skills.
But now, I got the job offer in a hospital where a friend of mine works as an AID. I owe it to her--she's the one that told me of the job opening and her supervisor really likes her...so I was given a chance at an interview and the rest is history.
Take any volunteer experience possible to gain not only experience but to meet people too...Some medical agencies might be considering accepting new grads to volunteer in Haiti?
Just know you are not alone in this and people are here, especially in allnurses, that are supportive. And there's no problem in venting (like here), just try not to take the current job market personally. Keep your head up and keep fighting!
Jan 21, '10From: US ; Joined: Dec '08; Posts: 39; Likes: 4to laboratorian i never heard of volunteering to help get your loans down but i am definetly interested..can't wait to see the links u post. thanks in advance.
Jan 22, '10From: US ; Joined: Oct '09; Posts: 33; Likes: 4Quote from JenniferSewsDoes anyone have any tips on dealing with depression from all this? I keep applying but even the number of places I can put in an application (meaning it doesn't say NO NEW GRADs or 1+yr exp REQUIRED) is dwindling every day. I'm feeling defeated and I can barely function. It takes everything I have just to make some lunch, and there are way too many days I turn on the tv for my 2 yo and 3.5 yo because I can't force myself to do anything more. Every day I search and I feel worse and worse. I'm lost.
I know exactly how you feel. If you can afford it, you should see your doctor and try to get on an anxiety or depression medication temporarily until things ease up. I have become increasingly depressed and am already on a depression medication but I have no insurance to get a new prescription or a higher dose. :-(
Secondly, I think having a support system can be the best thing yet. I live with my parents and they have been far from supportive and it's the constant nagging of "did you get a job yet?" "get a job yet?" over and over. They don't realize that the economy has effected nursing as well and they just think I'm not trying. Well 40 applications later, and nothing.
However, I do have a couple close friends I talk to about my situation. They aren't actually in nursing, but I met them while I was in school and they saw what I went through then lol. But they are helpful to vent too because they know the effort I have been putting in.
And, there's always this site. You can always vent here. But it also is discouraging because sometimes after reading posts on here I can end up feeling even more discouraged.
Lastly, venting helps relieve stress, so if you don't have a support system to vent to, you should buy a notebook and start writing your feelings out. It is your journal, so go crazy with it. When you are angry, write a fake letter to a hospital or something venting about how hypocritical it is that you must have experience to get a job, yet how can you get experience if no one will hire you. Vent and wrie it out. I've started keeping a journal because I have had other problems going on besides my hiring woes, but I often find that I'll end up writing about my hiring woes a lot too. It helps some, really.
Much love and just try to keep your head high, it is all we can do right now :-)
Jan 22, '10Joined: Feb '09; Posts: 94; Likes: 12I know what u u guys are feeling b/c i feel that way at times and then i find myself wonder to myself , what else can i do to better help me secure a job in this tough economy. Sometimes, i wonder if i am limiting myself by not applying to too much LTC facilities, however on the other hand when i do call and ask if they are hiring, some are telling me that they want experience, my thing is if everybody wants experience but they are not willing to give you a chance, then how are u ever gonna get the experience that you need to eventually get the position that u desire.
Jan 22, '10Joined: Feb '09; Posts: 94; Likes: 12Oh i forgot to ask the question, i wanted to know when applying for a job be it in a Nursing Home , LTC facility, hospital or home care do u constantly change ur objective on ur resume to fit the place where u are applying or do u keep it standard for ex. by saying: ........seeking a staff nurse position. and that's it. Also when faxing of the resume and cover letter would u guys recommend still using a fax cover sheet or no! curious here want to do it right!!!! Thanks!!!
Jan 22, '10Joined: Dec '09; Posts: 45; Likes: 22I hope things improve for you guys. I graduated in Dec. 09 and I have been working as a CNA at a hospital for two years. I didn't get hired. Several of my classmates who applied were hired, and they hadn't even worked there or done internships! I was told by a couple of managers that they decided to be really picky about how the interview went, so those who did well on the interview got hired. I was told that I my interview was good, but there were others who did better.
I decided I'm not going to be working on the floor as a CNA and working under my former classmates who are now nurses. That is just too difficult for me to handle. So I got a job out of state as a travel CNA. I'll take my boards, volunteer, make connections, get some certifications and do whatever it takes to get a nursing position.
If you can move, I think you should consider it. Seems some parts of the country are doing better than others.
Jan 22, '10Joined: Feb '09; Posts: 94; Likes: 12I also wanted to know from u guys that work thru agencies, how does it work in others would u recommend that to someone who is a fairly new grad.? any response will be helpful!
Jan 25, '10Occupation: NICU, Baby! Joined: Jan '08; Posts: 97; Likes: 52Quote from dimples4321I would definitely change the objective to fit each job. I actually had a manager tell me that if the objective doesn't state "entry level _______________ RN position" (fill in the blank with the area such as ER, med-surg, etc) she trashes it. Seems like a wierd thing to do to me, but I guess they'll find almost any reason to move on to the next resume.Oh i forgot to ask the question, i wanted to know when applying for a job be it in a Nursing Home , LTC facility, hospital or home care do u constantly change ur objective on ur resume to fit the place where u are applying or do u keep it standard for ex. by saying: ........seeking a staff nurse position. and that's it. Also when faxing of the resume and cover letter would u guys recommend still using a fax cover sheet or no! curious here want to do it right!!!! Thanks!!!
Jan 26, '10Joined: Feb '09; Posts: 94; Likes: 12Quote from vomitfreesince2003Thanks for answering, i will definitely be changing my objective to make it sound right.... fit the position that is... instead of being general and vague like i have been in the past... who knows maybe that is one of the reasons why i have not been getting any call backs... Once again thank you!!!!I would definitely change the objective to fit each job. I actually had a manager tell me that if the objective doesn't state "entry level _______________ RN position" (fill in the blank with the area such as ER, med-surg, etc) she trashes it. Seems like a wierd thing to do to me, but I guess they'll find almost any reason to move on to the next resume.
Jan 26, '10Joined: Jan '09; Posts: 1I can't seem to find a job either. I'm still considered "new" even thought I've had my License for over 2 years. Only because I works in a Trauma unit for 7-9 months the when to ICU/PAUC, and side home health. The employers want someone who has experience (as in 3 years) in ONE specialist... well I didn't stick with one. So now it's like I'm a leporer. Can find anything that's not traveling to New Mexico.... Any tips?
Jan 27, '10Joined: May '08; Posts: 95; Likes: 19Just wanted to add my story of inspiration... Over the weekend I decided that since Im not happy at my current job working as a nurse for a home health agency (with no actual nursing cares given, ie skilled nursing) I'm gonna commit myself totally to moving and getting a job in my hometown. So I finally put in my two weeks notice on Monday and since then I've gotten 3 calls for job interviews one of which I've been waiting for at a hospital where I really want to work! All I can say is God is good and even if I dont get these jobs, I know that God is telling me that I'm making the right decision! Hopefully I can finally update saying I have a job soon.
To all of you, I know its tough, but God has a plan for all of us. Thank for allowing me to share.
Jan 28, '10Joined: Feb '09; Posts: 94; Likes: 12I am just wondering , I've been told that the best time to go and drop of your resumes is in the morning before 12 noon. So, i was just wondering is there anything wrong if you go after 12 noon? like does it really matter !!!!