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How many job applications are too many?

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by purplegal purplegal (Member)

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Right now, I am actively seeking out a new RN position. At one employer, I have sent out 10 different applications on 10 different floors. I haven't heard anything yet, except for one rejection. Should I continue to send out applications? How many applications are too many?

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432 Posts; 32,430 Profile Views

Now I'm up to 12. They're going to pay attention to me, damn it! Lol :D

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Marisette has 28 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Registered Nurse.

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I sent two applications to one employer for the same position several years apart. They advertised for the same positions several years apart. All I heard back was a message stating it was received. Second resume was different than the first, but same experience... I think employers look at the electronic address, and I question if they look at the same applicant twice. If your applying to various employers, it's just a matter of time before your called. It certainly increases your chances anyway. Good luck.

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432 Posts; 32,430 Profile Views

I'm at 20 applications at one employer, 3 applications at another, and 1 application at about 3 others or so.

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traumaRUs has 27 years experience as a MSN, APRN, CNS and specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

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I sent out an app to every position I was interested in - I don't think you can go wrong with that...

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...Literally applied for 518+ (that's when I stopped counting) across the country in the span of 8 months. I was a new grad then (last year) and landed my first position in March of this year. Back at it now for a per diem position with 4 months of experience =). Some aspects of nursing feels like such a TASK, job hunting is one of those. Good luck!

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Wolf at the Door has 7 years experience.

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No keep applying to the same employers. I know one woman told me she applied with Kaiser in California 80+ times.

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CelticGoddess has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Palliative, Onc, Med-Surg, Home Hospice.

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Some facilities have a cap on how many active applications you have. Others don't. Fill out as many as you are allowed for those who do cap and as many as there are positions you are interested in, for those that are not. Sadly, that's when the waiting begins. Keep going, you'll get a phone call. I wish you all the best!

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Caffeine_IV has 7 years experience and specializes in LTC, med/surg, hospice.

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I applied for 20 transfer position in my facility before I got one.

I would apply to any position that interested me.

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NurseSpeedy has 18 years experience as a ADN, LPN, RN.

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I was lucky enough to do a google search and actually find the nursing recruiter's email address when I was a new grad RN, old LPN looking for employment after passing my boards. I'm thankful that she called me back and screened me BEFORE I sent out 20 applications. She informed me that since I had nursing experience I had to interview for non-new grad positions (varies with all hospital organizations).

I had nothing but crickets for about a month I think. Then I had five interviews scheduled all in one week. If I didn't know better I would have thought they all did their applicant screening on the same day.

The nice thing about electronic applications is after you complete the first very lengthy app for an organization all the rest take less than five minutes!

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theRPN2b specializes in Medicine.

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Continue to send out as many as you can,the job market is a little tough right now,so you may have to send out over 100 before you get a few responses.

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Try to meet with a nurse recruiter or someone from HR. Just filling out online applications never helped me. If you were able to clarify your skills and maybe match that to a department with open positions, that would look better than the shotgun approach of sending out 20+ applications.

But like I said, I just never had any luck with online apps. Maybe you will find a way to stand out in them.

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