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How I Got My Dream Job!

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by tokyoROSE tokyoROSE, BSN, RN (Member)

tokyoROSE is a BSN, RN and specializes in Operating Room.

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I was down and hard on myself because it seemed like most of my classmates have gotten jobs. I kept on thinking, what is wrong with me? I graduated almost near the top of my class! I volunteer! I (think) my resume and cover letter rocks! Then one day, I read a post on allnurses.com that absolutely changed my life... You are reading page 4 of How I Got My Dream Job!. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

tokyoROSE is a BSN, RN and specializes in Operating Room.

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Dconey80 said:
First let me say congratulations to you!!! I just wanted to know if this same method could benefit LPNs just as well? Thanks for any replies.

It is worth a shot!

I don't want to sound like a witch but I will not PM anyone my resume or cover letter. I feel as if I've shared enough tips and advice in the article that the rest is up to you all to do. There are plenty of resumes and cover letters online to look at. I looked at dozens before I wrote mine and I continually updated it to fit each job prospect. I do not like the idea that someone could copy my work. I was being generous when I was PM'ing my email to the DONs. Since it is already out there, I will add it to my article so everyone can see it. (Here's another hint- this email resembles my cover letter. I guess you could take it from there.) I will continue to answer specific questions if you all have any.

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FranEMTnurse is a LPN, EMT-I and specializes in LTC.

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tokyoROSE said:
It is worth a shot!

I don't want to sound like a witch but I will not PM anyone my resume or cover letter. I feel as if I've shared enough tips and advice in the article that the rest is up to you all to do. There are plenty of resumes and cover letters online to look at. I looked at dozens before I wrote mine and I continually updated it to fit each job prospect. I do not like the idea that someone could copy my work. I was being generous when I was PM'ing my email to the DONs. Since it is already out there, I will add it to my article so everyone can see it. (Here's another hint- this email resembles my cover letter. I guess you could take it from there.) I will continue to answer specific questions if you all have any.

Great response!!!

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rrockstar88 is a BSN, RN and specializes in Hospice, Home Health, Med/Surg.

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Dear TokyoRose,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience.

This gives me hope.

Enjoy your new career! :nurse:

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Wild Irish LPN is a LPN and specializes in Mental Health, Hospice Care.

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Wow, this is the best post I have ever read!....I am a soon-to be graduate in June 2012 and have started my my networking early....that being said, I will certainly take your tips and run with them....how soon is too soon to be making these contacts?....I have three more months before I even test for the NCLEX, I am very confident I will pass but am I jumping the gun too soon?....My goal is to seperate myself from the pack come June, the competition will be heating up....so my goal is to land a position now, contingent upon a successful NCLEX score....any thoughts?....

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Enthused RN is a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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Thanks for attaching the generic cover letter! I really appreciate it! By the way, I don't think anyone really wanted your resume and cover letter with all the information. As least for me, I just wanted an idea of how a new nurse organizes information. I know there's lots of examples you can google, but not all of those are good examples.

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added part about ppl asking for resume and cv

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tokyoROSE is a BSN, RN and specializes in Operating Room.

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nurseboy2012 said:
Wow, this is the best post I have ever read!....I am a soon-to be graduate in June 2012 and have started my my networking early....that being said, I will certainly take your tips and run with them....how soon is too soon to be making these contacts?....I have three more months before I even test for the NCLEX, I am very confident I will pass but am I jumping the gun too soon?....My goal is to seperate myself from the pack come June, the competition will be heating up....so my goal is to land a position now, contingent upon a successful NCLEX score....any thoughts?....

It depends on the organization. Some will interview and hire new grads before they even graduate and get their license, some will not. I would call or email HR about it. If they indeed hire new grads before graduation, they yes jump on it. There were at least 10 classmates of mine that got hired before graduation.

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tokyoROSE is a BSN, RN and specializes in Operating Room.

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Enthused_Nurse2B said:
Thanks for attaching the generic cover letter! I really appreciate it! By the way, I don't think anyone really wanted your resume and cover letter with all the information. As least for me, I just wanted an idea of how a new nurse organizes information. I know there's lots of examples you can google, but not all of those are good examples.

There is a section for those looking for help with resumes and cover letters on AN. People requesting a copy of my resume and cover letter reminded me too much of how my "friend" from nursing school wanted me to spoon feed her everything. Even if I take out my personal information, I do not like the idea that someone could just "fill in the blank" and use my resume and cover letter at will. It is too effortless. I spent hours on those two documents and would like to keep it to myself (being selfish, I know, I'm sorry).

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thank you for sharing.Now, I have an additional tips to make a persuasive resume...

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Tokyorose, what state do you live in? Just trying to get an idea of how saturated the market it there compared to where I'm at in California, which is FULL of new grads! So glad to here your ideas. Thanks for all your advice!

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FranEMTnurse is a LPN, EMT-I and specializes in LTC.

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tokyoROSE said:
There is a section for those looking for help with resumes and cover letters on AN. People requesting a copy of my resume and cover letter reminded me too much of how my "friend" from nursing school wanted me to spoon feed her everything. Even if I take out my personal information, I do not like the idea that someone could just "fill in the blank" and use my resume and cover letter at will. It is too effortless. I spent hours on those two documents and would like to keep it to myself (being selfish, I know, I'm sorry).

You aren't being selfinsh at all. You are just protecting your privacy, and if new nurses really want a job, they will work hard for it like you did for your yours. You definitely have a good head on your shoulders.

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tokyoROSE is a BSN, RN and specializes in Operating Room.

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Thank you Franemtnurse ❤️

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Thanks again for all your advice, what state do you live in?

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