Dear Nurse Beth,
After I passed my NCLEX-RN, I started applying to nearby hospitals for RN Residency programs.
I have applied to six hospitals so far, and most of the RN Residency programs will be starting soon. I have applied to ED, OR, ICU/CCU depending on hospital openings. I am still waiting to hear back from them.
How long do I have to wait? Should I relocate to a different state if I do not hear back from the hospitals I have applied? It's hard to stay patient but I am hopeful that there is a right place for me down the road. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.
Dear Staying Patient,
Congrats on passing your NCLEX!
Not knowing the job market in your area- what is the demand for new grad RNs? Did most of your classmates land jobs?
If it is a competitive market, then yes, it pays to re-locate for at least 1-2 yrs to get started. You are in your first golden year after graduating, but after 1 year, you may not be eligible for many new grad residencies. The clock is ticking.
Staying patient is good, but be patient with a sense of urgency.
Apply to MedSurg to get your foot in the door. Does your resume stand out from all the other equally qualified residents, and is it tailored to each organization, using keywords from the job posting? Is your resume wordy and packed with cliches, or is it succinct and punchy?
Are you dedicating prime real estate in your resume to lengthy descriptions of your clinical rotations (guaranteed to put the recruiter to sleep)?
Honestly, I wrote my book (below) for new grads just like you, from a hiring manager's point of view. There are multiple insider strategies, such as how to cold-call a manager, how to make your resume stand out, and what managers are really looking for in a candidate.
Once you get just one bite- an interview- I teach you how to nail that interview and land the job.
Sometimes you have to pull out all the stops to get hired and kick-start your career. it's worth it, because in 1-2 years you will be highly marketable.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!