when should I apply for a job????

  1. I will be graduating May 2004. At what point should I begin the job search process of sending my resume out and lining up interviews?
    Thanks for any advice
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  3. by   wv_nurse 2003
    I would start after you finish the fall semester--at the lastest. This gives you the spring semester to interview and have a job lined up when you graduate. Some facilities won't hire you until you have passed your boards though--so keep that in mind as well. Best of luck to you and welcome into the wonderful world of nursing!
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I applied in January (grad in May). had a job in early April. Worked out great, even tho at the time, the jobs were actually tight at that hospital in that year (1997).
  5. by   Heather333
    Start applying at the beginning of your last semester. My hospital hired me as a GN but I had to have my Authorization To Test and my sit-pass for the NCLEX before they would let me work as a GN.

  6. by   lilybug
    Thank you all so much for the advice! I still have a whole year and some months to go before I graduate but I am so excited about getting started!!!
    When I graduated and was getting ready to take boards, we were in the middle of moving, so we thought it best that I wait until the move was finished to start looking. By then, I had my liscense in hand. Just preference really.

    We don't have GN's here, but lots of our hospitals have nurse intern programs that enable you to work until you pass boards.

    Good luck to you!

  8. by   llg
    Although I agree with the previous posts, here's one more thought to add to the pile.

    You might want to make some general inquiries and do a little investigation during your fall semester -- learning more about the hospitals in your area, the types of orientation they provide, etc. Then, as you start your last semester, you will have a pretty good idea of your top choices and be well-prepared to go through the application and interview process.

  9. by   lilybug
    The rumor at my school is that, in the past, 90% of the graduating class already have jobs by the Jan before they graduate!! My hope is to get into OB nursing. Its so confusing to find out about salaries, etc. because there are all sorts of incentives. (I am not complaining) I just want to know that I will make the right decision when the time comes!
  10. by   oramar
    If you have a chance to go to job fairs, particularly healthcare job fairs, by all means attend a few.