Published Feb 2, 2015
I'm curious, how many jobs did you apply to before you were hired?
RN403, BSN, RN
I must have put in over 100 applications before I was hired. I applied to multiple positions at multiple hospitals within an hour and a half commute from where I reside.
I applied to 100+. In town, 3 hours away and out of state. Hospitals, nursing homes, companies. My advice is to make a list of what you want and what you can deal with and split to everything
I live in the Chicago area and have applied to 100's of jobs. Indeed.com has been helpful in getting me to the interview point, which is great. At least I get my face and personality in front of a human being! I feel pretty good about getting interviews because I know some new grads aren't even getting that. Overall, I seem to get a lot of "we were very impressed BUT, we went with a candidate with experience more aligned to our needs or internal". I am frustrated each time I see that email.
Keep hope alive. Although it is hard, something will come along. Unfortunately, depending on your location you may have to cast your net a bit wider (i.e. rural areas or less desirable nursing positions) in order to get a response.
hundreds and six months.
I applied over 200 + jobs including hospitals, rehab center , nursing home etc. Finally, I got a job today.
Keep applying . I know its frustrating but that is the only way out .
Good luck !!!
I just graduated having never worked in a hospital as a tech or anything and I applied to 2 jobs both of which I simply walked in, introduced myself to the nurse manager, and turned in my resume. I got interviews from both and accepted the first one I was offered. Let me also add that I live in a rapidly growing city with too many nursing schools so jobs are not very easy to come by. Applying in person is without a doubt the way to go!
Wow! I have seen some other nurses post that they walked up to managers and got hired. Kudos to your moxie. Unfortunately, in a city like Chicago, walking onto any hospital unit is near impossible and most managers I know would promptly direct me to HR.....which is often in a whole other building or some other inaccessible area of the hospital.
Thanks! That's unfortunate. I would definitely call the nurse manager first especially if I had never set foot in that particular hospital. I guess my classmates and I all felt comfortable aggressively going after the jobs we wanted even at a large level one trauma center since we spent years doing our clinical rotations there. I just think that in this current job market with an abundance of nurses and not enough jobs, it is necessary to be more assertive when seeking employment.
Somewhere around 2000 jobs before I landed an offer for full time. I have held 3 very PRN positions in the meantime. I also live in one of the most saturated markets in the US.
akulahawkRN, ADN, RN, EMT-P
I applied to just over 300... starting back in May... basically 8 months and a few days. I got a verbal offer about 2 weeks ago and my formal offer today. I will be starting in the ED, within the month as exact start date is TBD.
Update: I start in about 2 weeks. Also, my soon-to-be previous employer reinforced the practice of giving a courtesy notice (2 weeks, usually) whenever possible. While they can't hire and train my replacement that fast, it allows for the out-processing paperwork process to go much more smoothly. Had I given less notice than that, I would have been placed on a "no-rehire list" and that could negatively impact future reference checks. Had I already been unemployed, I would be starting in a matter of days.
First job I got hired into: I applied to about 25-30 jobs. I got this offer and took it right away because I read online about how bad the job market is. Worst decision of my life so far. I ended up getting 5 interviews at better places after I had been gainfully employed which I could not attend because I was working literally every day of the week due to scheduling nightmares.
Current job I have: I applied to about 15 jobs and got this one right away. This job is much more stressful/ chaotic but my schedule is perfect for me, and I have very nice management who understands that I am gradually applying to other jobs.
Now: I have sent out about 8 applications and have another interview. I am no longer going to apply to a billion jobs in a panic. Every week, I am looking through applications and finding what is a best fit for me. I am being picky about where I am applying to. I already am gaining RN experience and there is no need for me to hop ship from this job to another one unless I find something better.
I never worked in acute care.
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