Hi everyone, I recently graduated from my RPN diploma program from Ontario, Canada. It's been over a month and I've sent out countless amounts of resumes and it's been nothing but rejection and waiting to hear back. It is frustrating when I see classmates from my program to get a job right away after consolidating at their placement, but it's great. I am just an average student, an average Jane, nothing to stellar to show off, yet. I know there are workshops and such to improve my resume and my skill set but I don't have the funds for it all the money in my saving is getting drained away while I wait. Sorry I haven't gotten a chance to vent about this to anyone (x.x)
TLDR: I'm struggling to find a job and I'm losing money fast.
My questions are:
- How long was it until you found a job after graduating?
- What did you do to stand out?
- What do you recommend to a newbie to the world of nursing?
- What workshops would be the best to invest time and money into?
I'm not sure what the job market is like for diploma PNs in Canada. Did your classmates who got a job have something that sets them apart like previous experience as a tech or other employment in a healthcare setting? Many first jobs are gotten through connections- a nurse tech comes an RN, a student does clinical on a unit and makes a good impression, a family member or friend puts in a good word, etc. Is there anyone in your social or professional network you can reach out to?
Well one of them did get a job at the place she was consolidating I'm not sure about the other. They must have had PSW experience possibly but I'm unsure. I am a first generation post secondary child. No one in my family is in the healthcare system. I'm still trying as much as I can. My friends don't have jobs yet either. The nurses I was consolidating with haven't been much help either.