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Is there a way to get past HR as a graduate nurse?

buchham3 buchham3 (New) New

I am one of thousands (I think) of new grads in California hitting the proverbial "brick wall" called HR. Out of dozens of on-line applications, I have had 2 interviews. I am new to the area so I don't have inside contacts. Even in the city I got my degree in, my clinical instructors couldn't provide me an "in", like an introduction to someone inside the system. How do you break through this wall? Any suggestions?

You can call a unit where there is an opening and ask to speak with the Nurse Manager. Before doing so, come up with key reasons why you think you'd be a good fit and don't be afraid to ask for an interview directly. You can also join a professional organization and go to meetings where you can meet other nurses who may be able to put in a good word for you. This shows interest and initiative and may be all it takes to make you stand out. I went through the same ordeal after graduating in May, 2010. It sucks. :( I'm not in CA, though. From what I've heard things are a lot worse in CA than other states. It may be necessary to work in a nursing home or relocate, unfortunately. Personally, I wouldn't let more than a year go by without doing something/anything that utilizes your nursing skills.

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