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How I Got My Dream Job!

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by tokyoROSE tokyoROSE, BSN, RN (Member)

tokyoROSE has 2 years experience as 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 6 of How I Got My Dream Job!. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

tokyoROSE has 2 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Operating Room.

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mo2rn,

Thank you, this is the least I can do to give back to the AN community for being a great resource for me through nursing school, NCLEX, and landing a job. I am sorry you haven't had much luck. Aside from sending in resumes, what else have you done? I do recommend that you volunteer, perhaps at a hospital where you would like to land a job, or somewhere that you can be hands-on (think free clinic). It makes a huge difference. If you want to take it a step further, be active in a nursing organization by being on a committee or running for office. You can also get ACLS certified if you see positions that require it.

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phillycpnp-pc has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN, NP and specializes in Peds Med/Surg; Peds Skilled Nursing.

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That's awesome congrats! I'm an experienced nurse and looking for a new job because i am not happy at my current one. I have applied to many positions online and feel like my resume went into the wind. I am going to try this tactic.

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phillycpnp-pc has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN, NP and specializes in Peds Med/Surg; Peds Skilled Nursing.

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Thanks for all the great info. would you mind sending me the email you sent the DON? Also i have the nurse recruiter's email should i email her ? or just try and find the nurse managers directly? did u write to several nurse mangers at the same facility? I am asking because i applied to 4 positions at the same hospital.

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tokyoROSE has 2 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Operating Room.

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PedsNP2013, that email is attached to my first post. Look for it, it's easy to miss. I suppose it would not hurt to email the nurse recruiter, but aim high and go for the nurse manager. I did state in my post to email nurse managers of every floor in every hospital you want a job at. So yes, I emailed 6 DONs in the same hospital because they all make hiring decisions separately.

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Good read, and I have been out of school for years! Good luck with your new job. What type of job did you decide on? You left us hanging...:)

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tokyoROSE has 2 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Operating Room.

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I took a position in telemetry with the largest healthcare organization in my state and I LOVE IT!! :heartbeat

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Just discovered this thread, congrats on the job. I would also like a copy of the letter you sent to the DON. Any bit of help I can get is welcomed. Thanks!

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phillycpnp-pc has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN, NP and specializes in Peds Med/Surg; Peds Skilled Nursing.

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tokyoROSE said:
PedsNP2013, that email is attached to my first post. Look for it, it's easy to miss. I suppose it would not hurt to email the nurse recruiter, but aim high and go for the nurse manager. I did state in my post to email nurse managers of every floor in every hospital you want a job at. So yes, I emailed 6 DONs in the same hospital because they all make hiring decisions separately.

Thanks so much for the advice.

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I can't believe how hard it was for you to find a job despite good resumes/coverletters. I am finding my self in the same boat, except I am not exactly on top of the class. Are you by chance a minority? 

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Congratulations on getting a job that you wanted. You were smart and used unique strategies in getting an interview.

I am without a job and its difficult to find a job in my specialty working on a day or evening shift. Most of the hospitals around where I live offer rotating shifts. I dislike working night shift, as I already have experience working this shift, but I would hate it even more to work rotating shifts. It sounds like torture to me.

There is this hospital nearby me that has openings in my specialty on the day shift. I already filled out the online application but I am not sure if it has been forwarded to the nurse recruiter. I was thinking of calling her on Monday but sending her an email today or tomorrow sounds like an even better idea. I was actually able to get that information on this website. What do you suggest I do and/or say in the email?

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I think this is fantastic - thank you for the advice. I am a recent LPN graduate - I have been applying mostly at LTC facilities/nursing homes - is this information available to me as well? When I do go face to face I have tried to get the DON's name - usually I get the HR person's name instead - I did try googling one nursing home in particular I am interested in for their nursing report like you mention here to do for hospitals and I am not finding anything - any suggestions? Thank you! xoxo

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tokyoROSE has 2 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Operating Room.

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panpan,

I am a minority and I wouldn't be surprised if that article was on to something... unfortunately, racism is well and alive today. Thankfully my director gave me a chance and I was able to show them what I was capable of bringing to the table. To other minorities looking for a job, don't take no for an answer. Keep kicking those doors down and you will get what you want.

movingforward12,

You can read the email I sent to directors attached to my first post. Introduce yourself, show that you have researched the job/organization and tell them how you can contribute. If that still doesn't make sense, look up cover letters. Essentially, this is a cover letter.

lifeisgood2012,

Please read my first post again. I touched base on this. I had trouble with smaller facilities so in this case you would have to call. Read what I had to go through to get the name, and it wasn't even the director's name but I got lucky anyway. The hospital that released nursing reports is the largest organization in my state, hence they have the funds and need for them. Smaller facilities do not.

Everyone, I have enjoyed reading your comments and answering questions. However, I noticed I had to repeat myself a few times... please read my first post over before asking a question. There really is a lot of info in there. :)

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