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New Grad RN - Seeking Help w/ Job Search

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Hello,

I've been reading posts on allnurses throughout nursing school, after graduation, and currently as I begin my Job Search. The information on this site has helped me so much. Anyway, I graduated this past May and passed my boards in October (2nd attempt). I live in northeastern MA and am currently looking for positions in the Boston area. I understand that this area is highly competitive so I'm seeking advice on how to stand out.

I received my first bachelor's degree from the University of New Hampshire in communications and received my ABSN from Northeastern. Because of the intensity of the program, I did not work as a CNA/PCA. The only healthcare related work experience I have is with adults with Down Syndrome in a home setting. Did I set myself up for failure by not working as a CNA prior to applying to nursing school/during nursing school? 

I started applying about a month ago and have yet to land an interview. I worked with Northeastern's alumni services for resume and cover letter assistance and have sought advice on other nursing forums. I would like to specialize in pediatrics but I'm applying to every new grad opportunity and residency that I qualify for at this time. I've also reached out to classmates for any new grad opportunities on their floor because I know that networking is key.

Any advice will help! Thanks for the taking the time to read this.

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I would suggest getting in touch with clinical instructors, nurses you worked with on rotation, and management of the units you worked on. Gather references to submit with your applications, and follow up with any you apply for.

What help did your school offer you? It seems like you've just been pushed out on your own! 

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Thank you! I have a few references so far but am seeking out more from clinical instructors at the moment. I'm also looking into volunteer experience at hospitals near me (that don't offer new grad programs) to help build my resume.

During my last semester at school, a few recruiters came in to talk with us about interview prep (how to dress, what to expect) but did not go much further into new grad opportunities. I'm planning on reaching out to alumni services at my school this week. In the meantime, I've been on Indeed everyday looking for jobs that I qualify for and checking hospital websites for their career opportunities.

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It's definitely hard to find your way as a new grad; it seems like no one is hiring. It's easy for your application to be thrown out when it is online. If it is possible, I recommend going to potential places where you want to work and simply ask if they are hiring. Dress the part, and have a resume at hand. Be open to taking whatever you can get at this time. I don't know how it works where you are but many nursing homes will let you fill out a paper application and interview on the spot. They are usually looking for part time staff and that could allow you seek full time employment elsewhere.

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Thank you for this advice! I will definitely look into part time work for the time being to gain more experience and hopefully that will help me get into a hospital 

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