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Judged by my Recruiter as Unhireable

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by Nurse Beth Nurse Beth, MSN (Advice) Writer Innovator Expert Nurse

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Dear Nurse Beth,

I have over 15 years experience in all specialties of nursing with the first 8 years in ICU/step-down/oncology surgery. For the past two years it has been difficult to get a job. Recently during an interview, the recruiter told me that I have great experience, but from 2013 till now, there is no job consistency. The recruiter went on to say if someone with 3 years experience were to apply to the same position, they would get hired instead. I've had jobs that lasted for a year to a few months. I am looking for a stable full time position where I can remain for a long time. What can I do to not be judged this way? Can I be judged this way?

Dear Judged,

Your recruiter is not judging you, he/she is being frank about your current hireability.

You want a stable, full-time position where you can remain for a long time, but your resume says otherwise. Yes, you have solid experience, but potential employers see you as a flight risk. In addition, your experience was close to 7 years ago, and the light is dimming. You could consider a nurse refresher course, although your problem is more tenure than experience.

To change the perception, you need to establish 1-2 years of uninterrupted employment. You may need to do this in a setting or a specialty that is not your first choice. 

Best wishes, 

Nurse Beth

Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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