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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 9 of How I Got My Dream Job!. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

estrellaCR has 2 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in OB, Pediatrics, Maternal/Child Health.

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You can try to email the Nurse Managers but there is no guarantee it will work. Most just reply "I am forwarding this to the HR Department".

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Thanks for your reply. I was thinking along the same wavelength when it came to these programs.

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Good for you for making this happen! Awesome work! I just wanted to say that I agree with your point about making your resume only one page. I was applying for dozens of positions with a 2 page resume because I thought it showed a had a ton of experience. After having absolutely no luck, I reduced it to one page with only the very minimum, relavent information. I had three interviews scheduled in a week. :)

Congrats again!

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Congratulations! This gives great hope to us still looking. You are awesome! good work!

If it's not too much trouble, could you please PM me your letter as well. Thank you!

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2k15NurseExtern4u is a BSN, RN and specializes in L&D.

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Love this! Awesome tips. I start bursing school in Jan, but I will keep these tips in mind for the future

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@tokyorose that is so awesome!! I am currently looking for jobs and applying everywhere with no luck at all. I am starting to get down on myself and really frustrated. I love the technique you shared. Would you mind private messaging me the letter you sent to the DON. And also do you have any suggestions on what answers are good when they ask you about your strengths and weaknesses? My email is michellekristen1439@hotmail.com

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@tokyorose maybe my cover letter just isn't that good and doesn't stand out of the crowd. You said that you think your cover letter is really good. Would you mind private messaging me that as well for a reference? Michellekristen1439@hotmail.com

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maddox11 has 1 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Detox.

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@tokyorose

I am in the same boat you were in..unfortunately. All my classmates are getting jobs and I don't even get called for an interview!!! So incredibly frustrating!! I also graduated at the top of my class, but I now realize that it means nothing.I just did the whole stalker style email to a nurse manager. Hopefully I will hear something. I have a ?..did you get any callbacks or offers from hospitals that did not have any active positions listed? There is a local hospital that I would do anything I can do to work at, but they have had no active job opportunities posted for almost a year. This is the hosp that I just did the stalker email to s nurse manager...I just don't know if its worth it to keep doing w other unit managers of the same hosp if they are not hiring. What do you think?

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All I want to say is thank you for sharing this tokyoROSE! :)

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I am applying to a new grad program where the application period does not close until 2/5. Is it worth it to send an email now, or should I just wait until it closes? I'm thinking of sending it now just to put a seed in the managers head. Honestly, this tip to get a job sounds amazing. Its so simple that I brushed it aside thinking "they want to hear my voice". Obviously they like email a lot better, since I guess it is "harder" to do.

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

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I posted this two years ago and I apologize for not returning any sooner to answer questions. Life as a new grad definitely kept me busy! Anyway, I'm so glad to hear that my story is still helping you guys in your job hunt. :)

Everyone who has asked for my DON letter: It is an ATTACHMENT at the end of my very first post. It gets lost in there because things are all jumbled, but I swear it's there.

@ nc12: Complete your application with HR, then send the email to the DON.

@ Loque: YES email the floors you're interested in. This is exactly what I did since my hospital has the nurse residency for new grads. I don't know if it is annoying to them to get emails on top of hundreds of new grad apps, but clearly it didn't matter because I got responses the next business day! That is better than sitting around waiting...and waiting...and waiting.

@ Maddox: I did not apply to any hospitals with no active job listing. If you're actively job hunting, I don't see why you should limit yourself only to organizations with active job listings. I wouldn't say that I would focus on it, but I wouldn't give up hope either. If a manager is impressed with what they see, they may keep you in mind for future positions.

@ Mr Cooper: YES!! Email your DONs ASAP no matter the deadline!! It does not hurt to show them your qualifications ahead of the game.

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tokyoROSE - I absolutely loved your post and put me in a better mood about finding a job! You've totally lifted my spirits today, so thank you! I was wondering what you would recommend putting on the subject line of the emails to DON? I can't seem to think of anything that would stick out.

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