I can't speak to your personal experience, but I am happy to share mine. Each nursing position for which I applied (after graduation), I received an interview. I graduated in 2011 when it was also difficult for new grads to secure a nursing position. When I was called in for an interview, I would ask the recruiter why I was selected for an interview out of all of the applicants. Over and over I was told because my resume/CV was easy-to-read. So, I would think the first step is to make sure your resume is easy-to-understand. I can send a copy of mine to you if you would like.
The interview is the next important step. I cannot tell you how important it is to be a human being during the interview. This is the opportunity to demonstrate your soft skills. You must be personable and include everyone who is interviewing you in the conversation. I make eye contact with each person sitting across from me. When I am speaking, I am including everyone. That shows confidence and your ability to command attention. You are also demonstrating respect.
There are always two questions I ask at the end of an interview. First, do you mind sharing with me the needed attributes to be a successful team member? Do you mind providing me constructive feedback of our interview? The first indicates to me whether or not I would be a good fit with the team. If you are asked to shadow a nurse, ask her/him the same question. If I do not possess the attributes needed, I won't waste my time. I was told once that I cannot be afraid to lift. That was a red flag. I was not going to work with a team where I was going to be the lifting person. So, I declined the offer of employment. Finally, ask how the interview went. Ask in which areas you can use improvement. Most will be honest and tell you. This is how I have, over the years, been offered multiple positions. I took the feedback to heart and made the necessary changes.
I started working for a school of nursing. After I was hired, the dean told me that she is happy I am onboard because she wanted a guy to be the male nursing students' advocate. I didn't get the position because I am a guy. There was one other male interviewing. But it has been my experience that I landed positions because I interview well and because of my experience, although limited.
Good luck to you.