May Graduate--Applying for jobs - page 3

Hi you lovely people! I was having a talk with my cousin yesterday (she's older and MUCH wiser!) and she suggested that I begin applying for nursing jobs NOW, when I mentioned I wanted to start in... Read More

  1. by   NurseLoveJoy88
    I'm not going to start aggressively applying until I take my boards. I did apply to a couple of hospital only because they had deadlines for new grad RNs. I do believe its a waste of time to apply to hundreds of jobs BEFORE having a license.... just my two cents.
    OP- I would suggest that you get a job in the hospital such as a CNA or PCT if you don't already. Its always good to have your foot in the door.
  2. by   sbostonRN
    I started applying in January before I graduated this past May. The pros: I got my resume and cover letter tweaked to perfection. The cons: It was a waste of time otherwise. I got ONE callback before my actual graduation date (out of 125 applications). I'm from the Boston area, and this callback was from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. I went on an interview there for their new grad program but didn't get hired. However, after I graduated (but before NCLEX) I was hired by a skilled nursing facility and was hired soon after.

    Most of the recruiters I talked to said they don't even consider applicants who aren't licensed, unless you're applying specifically for new grad programs that start in July/August. Otherwise you may be remembered as a nuisance to a hiring manager. Therefore I don't suggest applying for tons of jobs before you graduate.
    Last edit by sbostonRN on Nov 18, '11
  3. by   sugarmagnoliaRN
    You could always call HR of the hospitals you'd like to apply to, and ask when they'd like to see applications. When you're applying to any job, you should do things based on the recruiter's timetable instead of your own (that has been my experience when working closely with the recruiter at my job).
  4. by   austin14
    I am also graduating in May. I have talked to a couple of PCCs and CNOs. They have told me to start applying in March so that is what I plan to do. Good luck!
  5. by   babyNP.
    Yep, I would. I called the manager of the unit that I wanted to work on the opposite side of the country from where I was and asked, got an interview in January with a yes and started orientation in late-August.

    It's unit dependent, but some of the specialties will be more likely to hire earlier...good luck!