Double-Helix, BSN, RN 1 Article; 3,377 Posts Specializes in PICU, Sedation/Radiology, PACU. Has 12 years experience. Jun 26, 2011 1. I made sure I had an excellent professional resume. I had my sister, who is a manager for a large corporation, and a friend, who is a nurse recruiter, review my resume and make suggestions. I also had my resume and cover letter reviewed by two instructors and our career services director at my university. Highlight your strengths and certifications. When I received an interview, the recruiter commented on how impressed she was with my resume and how rarely they see professional documents. 2. I applied early and often. I moved to a different state right after graduation, but I still started applying for jobs in March (I graduated the following May). I must have applied to a hundred different positions, but patience and persistance is key. 3. I had letters of recommendation from faculty. They key here is the right faculty. If you are applying for a Pediatrics job (I was), don't bring a letter from your Med-Surg faculty member, bring a letter from your Pediatrics clinical instructor. The interviewer is most interested in how you perform in the area to which you are applying. Make sure they are good, specific letters, but just generic ones. Also bring copies of your transcript from school. 4. Keep checking regularly for new positions and apply again. The job I was eventually hired for was posted on the hospital website for only two or three days. Some hospitals are doing this to avoid a huge number of applicants to sort through. 5. If you are connected to a hospital in any way- friends, family, instructors, etc, use that connection. Ask if your connection would be willing to give you a reference or put in a good work for you. 6. Dress professionally for the interview, arrive on time, bring extra copies of all your documents, and practice specific questions. Research the facility beforehand and have a list of questions to ask the interviewer. Send a thank you note.Keep being persistant. There are jobs out there for new grads, you just have to find them.