This is aimed at all you fresh faced RN's to be, or possibly even fellow RNs up to 1 year post NCLEX who are still wondering what this whole nursing shortage legend came from.The situation: You got your BSN, with a perfect 4.0 GPA. You passed the NCLEX in 70 questions. You have every certification they sell under your belt! You sent out about a hundred billion resumes with pulitzer prize winning cover letters and now it's time to make some follow up calls and wait for the job offers to come rolling in! Right?? Wrong!!!! In fact all of those things just qualify you to compete. None of them give you an edge. If you werent a strong student you never would have made it through nursing school in the first place!Months fall off the calendar, and you're still working that Home Care or LTC job...or worse, but increasingly common, you're still working that non-nurse position you had while you were in school!!What went wrong??Well that is a warning of what to expect. Nursing Shortage does NOT mean, that they're all chomping at the bit to hire nurses, especially ones right out of school. The shortage means that the Powers that Be don't have (read: aren't willing to spend) the money they need to have a proper RN headcount on the floor. Meanwhile, foreign educated nurses from Saipan, West Africa and the Philippines are being literally shipped over by the hundred to be paid exploitation wages and undercut any domestically educated graduate. BUT THERE IS HOPE. I'll now give to you a short list of the things you need to do, while you're still in school...to ensure an easier job search. These are the things the few classmates of mine who already have jobs worth having, have done.1) Clinical time is time to NETWORK. When you're putting in your hours on the actual floor, keep in mind that you're not only trying to impress your instructor and prove your skills but remember the STAFF you're around is also eyeing the next crop of recruits looking for standouts. These other nurses, especially the charge nurses, are all potentially powerfully useful references when you apply. They are also in a position to tell you about positions on the floor that will not be advertised. Work accordingly. A little grease never hurts either. Shake everyone's hand, make sure everyone knows your name, and yes bring in donuts and coffee. Thank everyone at the end of the day for their help, even if they were completely involved on another unit all day. On your last day, send thank you notes to everyone. Real ones. And more donuts. 1b) Your clinical instructors are no less needing to be impressed. Like, don't just do your tasks and call it a day, you need to blow their minds with your enthusiasm and work ethic more than anything. WHY? because they make splendid references also if you apply for these things called "NURSING INTERNSHIPS" /Co-ops/Residencies etc. To apply for these train-to Full Time Job type situations, they want a letter of reference from your clinical instructors. And by letter of reference, I mean they want a GLOWING letter of reference. Not "You did all your work well ". They want "OH MY GOD EVERYTHING THEY DID WAS SO AMAZING ".2) Get multi-state licensure ASAP. No matter where you live, you have zero reason to believe that you can count on a good job being in your city. Especially if you're in a city with a lot of nursing programs, like mine. These licenses by endorsement, take a long time, so as soon as you get your License, ...expand it. That afternoon! Accept the very likely possibility that you will end up re-locating to get that dream job, and probably to a small town you've never heard of . That's all. Anyone else who has tips, feel free to add onto this thread! GOOD LUCK!