DEAR NURSE BETH,
HOW DO I OVERCOME THE "OLD NURSE" MINDSET FROM EMPLOYERS-I HAVE THE STAMINA TO DO THE 12 OR 16 HOUR SHIFTS HOSPITALS NOW REQUIRE,CERTIFICATIONS ARE CURRENT,AND HAVE NOT CALLED IN TO CANCEL A
SHIFT IN OVER 6 YEARS .ANY SUGGESTIONS????
Dear Needs Suggestions.
You say that you are hard-working and reliable but unable to land a job because employers turn you down due to your age.
There is nothing you can do to change others, but you can change yourself. No one is entitled to a job, even when they are qualified, and in a competitive market, soft skills count.
For example, your choice to type all in caps conveys that you are not computer savvy and employers look for candidates with computer skills.
Far better to put on your resume that you are proficient with Cerner, or Epic. In other words, communicate that you are relevant and up-to-date in your nursing practice.
You assume you are not landing jobs because of your age, but how effective are your resume and cover letter? Blaming your problem on others' mindset is easier than learning these important job-searching skills. Back in the day, these skills were not necessary in nursing- today they are highly important. Are you skilled at interviewing? For example, do you know how to answer (and how NOT to answer) 'What are your greatest weaknesses?" Are you prepared for situational interview questions?
I guarantee that a well written cover letter and resume, a targeted job search, and interview skills will get you results.
Is your resume targeted to each organization? You must do due diligence and at least know the mission and values of an organization when applying. If an organization is expanding a certain service line, you want to be informed. If the community population is Spanish speaking, you want to emphasize your conversational knowledge of Spanish.
Do you have preceptor experience? Does your resume highlight your employee engagement, such as serving on committees? Is your perfect attendance prominent, and is there a lack of wordiness and cliches in your cover letter and resume?
I recommend reading my book below to teach you how to easily stand out and present yourself in the job market. Also the secret to answering "What's Your Greatest Weakness?" and the 10 top interview questions. It's full of practical and actionable examples and strategies from a hiring manager's inside point of view.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job
"...and your next
Also be sure and read this helpful post on Ageism in Nursing to combat the bias against older workers. Are you projecting the "stereotype" of an older worker? Instead remember you are a reliable, experienced nurse with maturity and life experience.