Hard to find work as a new grad in Las Vegas

  1. I graduated in August from a school in Texas and passed the NCLEX at the end of September. I just recently moved to Las Vegas and cannot find any work! I have applied for the only new grad position I've seen so far (the St. Rose program), but didn't get in.. I am applying for every RN job out there, and i just keep getting rejection emails. Not even one call back for an interview. I don't know what to do! Why is it like this out here? Has this been a big problem for other new grads? Any ideas on what I can be doing? Help!
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  3. by   WTXgrl
    [FONT="Garamond"][FONT="Arial"]Don't think that it is you. Unemployment is the highest in the country here. I Graduated May (in Vegas), took the NCLEX July and started looking for a job. I was getting depressed after a month of applying for anything for an RN and getting rejection letters by the dozen. In school we were told how to get a job is to go and see the Nurse Managers. I did that with no success. I then began to taking my resume to the HR departments with still no success. Finally, I made a folder with my resume, letters of recommendation, skills checklist, final semester evaluations and even made a business card. I went in and finally got to see a Nurse Recruiter in HR. I received a call back about a week later. The next day I took the NCB test, interviewed with a Nurse Manager and signed papers the same day. Long story short; market yourself. Stand out in the crowd. IMHO I don't think just applying online will get you anywhere.

    Hope this helps. Good luck.
  4. by   muzikluvr83
    Thanks for the advice!
  5. by   puravidaLV
    New graduate programs are in the mist of hiring right now. I know of ten people that just got hired into new graduate programs here in Vegas, but applied over a month ago.

    I would market yourself for sure by doing what the previous posted did as well as get: ACLS, PALs, and anything else you can afford while waiting. Even a telemetry certificate means you have taken the time to do something that the company that hires you doesn't have to fork out the money for. Its funny because this isn't a secret at all, yet no one does it.
  6. by   muzikluvr83
    Thanks. I saw those new grad positions a while ago, but didn't get in cuz I hadn't taken NCLEX yet..

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