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I'm a new grad RN-ADN and in attempt to stand out from the gazillion applicants for the 1 new grad position, I walked on to a unit in attempt to simply introduce myself to the manager. I just wanted 2 seconds of her time. I completely understand how swamped with work they are, but I didn't even get those 2 seconds. All I wanted was to introduce myself, possibly hand over a resume, and merely express my interest in the position and hospital. That's all and I would walk away and she could throw my resume away the second I walked away if she wanted, but at least I tried my very best. Well that's what I was thinking may happen. I was trying to go the "extra mile" and have her put a face to the name.
Instead, her door opened and she said she was in the middle of something and that if I wanted to schedule something I should have called then the door was literally shut on my face. Now I completely understand that in general if you want to set up a meeting, then you call and schedule, but in reality, what were the chances of me calling and her saying "sure come in on this day at this time" I doubt it. She seemed irritated with me just knocking on her door! Either way, I feel cut down in size after it took so much for me to muster up the courage to go through with it.
I have heard of success stories where new grads get at least an interview from doing this and it is even on some of the articles posted here telling us how to get our first position, but today I feel discouraged to even try that again.
What are your thoughts?
I hear you. The general idea anymore, however, is to go through the "typical" channels. I applaud you for going out of your way. Regardless of her schedule, the NM did not have to treat you that way. Yes, may she had a very urgent issue or two she was juggling at the moment. Doesn't matter. She was not professional at all. Funny how people want professionalism from one end, but can't seem to deliver it from their end--unless it suits their need at the moment.
Listen. Mark this down in your memory banks. If she can't even muster a second's worth of politeness, no matter how brief, that reflects poorly on her AND THE ORGANIZATION FOR WHICH SHE WORKS.
Soon enough the tables will be turning. The word will get out about this organization and its manger/s (if applicable). They will be the ones overwhelmed by filling the positions.
What you did wasn't necessarily wrong. Appointments are nice, but people can't and in the current market probably won't get them w/o the 1 hour online application process, HR sorting, presorting, and all the rest of the rubbish. Getting out to open houses isn't that great either, b/c they may be schedule on days in which it is impossible to go, and they can be held only seasonally, if that. On top of that, many places are requring pre-registration and invitation only for open houses.
Another event to chalk up to experience. Generally it's all set up that you have to go through HR, and some managers can get really ***** if applicants don't go this route.
But remember what I am saying. Mark it down. The tables are turning. You will, soon enough, be in the driver's seat. Get involved in nursing organizations, volunteer, try to pay for your own PALS, ACLS, go to converences and events. Learn, learn, learn, and keep current on things. Bottom line, stay motivated, and don't give up.
You might even try this technique again, but with a little more insight. It helps to know how things work in a place.
Some might even try w/ this manager again--say at an event where you might see her. She probably wouldn't remember you. In principle, although it doesn't pay the bills, I would be reluctant to do this, b/c she couldn't even muster some brief courtesy to you.
OTOH, perhaps there was something earth-shattering going on with her--perhaps even a serious family problem? Who knows? So if I were to approach her again, I think it would be at an event or in a situation that was somehow more relaxed and not intrusive. I wouldn't shove my resume in her face. I would just try to talk with her in general conversation. If I sensed that she was unapproachable and anything near to how she came off when you last saw her, I would politely move on and talk with other people and not bother with her again--not even though electronic application. It helps to get a feel for people, which is hard to do in a fair way in < 2 seconds. But if she behaviors similarly in subsequent encounters, I mean, do you really want to work under this person???? There are always issues in nursing that require manager insight and involvement. It's tough to work your role with managers like this--if that is indeed how she really is
Always remember, however, that interviewing or "pre-interviewing" goes both ways.
You are a valuable person, and respectfulness and courtesy goes both ways. When it doesn't, maybe there are extenuating circumstances, but if it patterns in the negative, you have to ask yourself the hard question of whether or not you could effectively work with this person.
Don't beat yourself up about it. Cold-calling is tough business. Ask any sales person with this kind of experience.