Jobs for new graduates!

  1. Hey everyone,
    I was just wondering if anyone maybe had any advice for a new graduate in maine. I graduated in May with my BSN and passed my boards in august. I have been applying for jobs ever since I graduated and have not found one. Nursing positions posted on hospital websites are mostly asking for 1-2 years experience, and the ones that don't specifically ask for experience dont seem to be hiring.
    I was just looking for any advice that anyone may have. This job search has become frustrating and i've seemed to hit a wall. I have big loan payments coming in november and really need a job before then.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you
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  3. by   mikejsmithrn
    You know...I think people just don't get it. Here in Maine, it's a tough nurse job market. Most people looked at me like I had an extra large skin tag on the end me my eye lid - and they just realized that I tied it off with dental floss to stop the circulation and kill the skin tag. Only problem is that now the skin tag is the size of a grape and dark purple. Anyways - I digress. I don't really have one of those on my eye lid, but I did have one in another area of my body...and I did try that technique. I speak from experience...just get it cut off.

    So they look at me funny when I tell them, "I'm having a hard time finding a nursing job." They say things like, "I thought there was a nursing shortage," and "maybe you should try finding a job as a computer person (previous occupation) until you find a job in nursing." Which, to the latter statement I promptly puke and then stick my finger in my throat to finish anything that I might have missed just the minute before! WHAT? NO I'M NOT GOING TO GET A JOB AS A COMPUTER PERSON AFTER SPENDING THE LAST FEW YEARS IN NURSING SCHOOL HELL! ARE YOU CRAZY? I WORKED MY TAIL OFF FOR THIS?? NO. NO I WON'T DO IT! SORRY.

    When I graduated in May and soon found myself in your shoes I became very discouraged. I was hired and started work at the end of June in an Emergency Room. I was shocked! Everyone tells me that you need to start in Med/Surg first. No specialty will hire a new grad right cold. That mentality is both wrong AND wrong. Did you want a specialty eventually? If yes, try looking at that specialty. Apply EVERYWHERE. Apply for ALL NURSING JOBS and go to as many interviews as will take you. Apply for the jobs that say 1 or more years of experience needed. APPLY FOR THEM ALL. I take that's a waste of your time to try and apply for temporary nursing jobs. Do that after a year's experience.

    I applied for a job at a hospital in Maine. That afternoon I got a call from another hospital clear across the state...and I didn't even apply there. What I found was that many hospitals are affiliated with another and share applicant information.

    Some electronic applications ask you up front how many years experience you have. Zero isn't an option, yet the hiring managers who I talked with before I applied there all told me to just put in the minimum number of years on the application just to make the application accept you and get your application seen by the hiring manager. Do what it takes to push your application or resume on through to the hiring manager. They get it. They see that you just graduated. DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO MAKE THE HIRING MANAGER WANT TO INVITE YOU FOR AN INTERVIEW.

    The job of a resume and application is to get you an interview. The job of the interview is to get you hired. The top third of your resume should say what you REALLY want the hiring manager to know about you...they generally only skim the first third of the resume.

    Streamline your application. Only you will know what I mean by that...look at your application to anywhere and ask yourself, "what does streamline mean and how can I streamline my application?"

    I REALLY DO UNDERSTAND YOUR PROBLEM! SERIOUSLY! Maine hospitals generally have a poor new grad program because there are so many new grads and so few hospitals here. The problem for us is that it's such a big commitment for them to hire new grads. New grads aren't really up and running right out of nursing school. We so don't know anything. They have to invest a lot of time and money just to get us to take our own patients. If they hire a lot of new grads, the skill mix goes down and the patient ultimately suffers. Miles Hospital told me that they received 80 applications for one new grad position. Nursing shortage? What nursing shortage?

    Across the country, there is no consistency just how to call new grad positions. Some new grad positions are called nurse interns, while others are just an RN position waiting for any warm body. Franklin Memorial hires new grads and trains them in more than one department and guarantees them a position after the period of orientation - which lasts about 6 months to a year. They just don't guarantee what position they'll give ya. Some hospitals only hire new grads in certain times of the year. Maine Medical Center does that, but sometimes that hire at other times in the year too. MMC also considers new grads for "Nurse I" positions.

    I think it's a confusing sea of misinformation as a new grad. They tell us that we'll always have a job, but what they don't tell you is that you need to REALLY bust your tail looking for that first one. Sure, some people had jobs lined up...but a lot of people in my class had problems just like you and me.

    GENERALLY, here are some tips...
    1) Use the Maine Hospital Association website to locate all hospitals in the state of Maine. Go here...
    2) Apply to all nursing jobs that aren't temporary and aren't listed seemingly anywhere
    3) Remember specialty
    4) The more applications and resumes you send, the more chance you have
    5) Year requirements sometimes don't matter as much as we all think they do
    6) resume and application purpose = get interview
    7) interview purpose = get job
    8) ADVANCED interview skill to hone so that you get a job offer the same day...don't let them ask you all the questions. don't wait until they offer for you to ask questions. think ahead of what kinds of questions you want to ask. ask things about the hospital, how things get done in the department. show a genuine interest. look for things in their answers that prompt you to make statements about your experience and how you can meet their need or help with this or that challenge or mission statement. In other words, don't let them lead the interview - you lead the interview. Let them know you mean business. Don't push them. Show them that your interest, sincerity and why you're the right member of the team - part of the right chemistry of a winning team.
    9) read the mission statement or vision statement of the organization you are applying to. quote it or address it every step of the way. use it in your cover letter, thank you notes, interviews, etc.
    10) hand deliver a thank you note immediately after interviews. use it as another opportunity to tell them how you would make a difference in their organization. maybe you noticed something they said after you asked a question like, "How are conflicts resolved in your department?" Tell them how you used to resolve conflicts as part of your daily job at Funtown's security crime scene investigation swat team.

    The successful person is one who does what others are unwilling to do.

    Go get 'em partner!

    [sorry for the lengthy reply - i hope i didn't gross you out about the grape sized skin tag removal]
  4. by   alexpillar7
    Thank you so much for the encouraging words. I'm going to take your advice and work with my resume and apply for some jobs that I normally wouldn't have thought to apply to. I appreciate the help and will keep your words in mind as I continue the search.

    thank you!
  5. by   clhRN2b2010
    Thanks for the info on the skin tag...I was just been advised to try the dental floss route by some family memebers but think i will stick with the friendly derm.

  6. by   piratemum
    wow, this is discouraging as I wanted to go to nursing school. I live in the Waterville area. Are there no jobs out there?
  7. by   Freedom42
    At the moment, new grad jobs in Maine are far and few between. I graduated in December, which is a tough time to start looking. I can count the number of new grad jobs I've seen posted since then on two hands -- and several of those jobs were in Aroostook County.

    I landed a good job -- a great job, actually, full-time with good pay and benefits -- but it took about five months. I started sending out applications in the fall. I have an excellent resume and graduated at the top of my class. Fifty-five of those applications were never even acknowledged.

    That said, it is possible to find a job, especially if, like me, you're willing to accept a non-new grad job that's not accompanied by the promise of a 12-week preceptorship. It's been difficult for me in some ways, but I was completely up front with my potential employers about what I had to offer and what I expected of myself. I was lucky to click with a manager in charge of hiring.

    I think the advice posted above is excellent. Apply for any job for which you are remotely qualified. If I'd ignored all postings for jobs that said experience is required, I would not have the job I now have.
  8. by   Calalilynurse
    i feel your pain. all the way in alabama. nursing school was a waste of my time and money.
  9. by   skny
    same here in NYC. Got BSN. graduated 1 yr ago. not job in sight. i was told today try again in 3-5 yrs!