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Chicago is a BSN, RN and specializes in Trauma ICU, Informatics.

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  1. Chicago

    I got a job!!!! BOO-YOW!

    Hi Cat....if you are SUPER interested then you do just that....ALL OF THE ABOVE with a bit of a twist. First off, "shift supervisor" is not exactly "upper management." So emailing them would really be on the "bad side" of stalking, if that makes any sense. So what do you do? 1. Call the shift supervisor tomorrow. Please be prepared with whatever you're going to say to her, because that could be what makes or breaks you in the next steps. Depending on the conversation, gauge whether it was a positive (she'll remember talking to you), or negative (didn't have much to say and rushed you off the phone). 2. Send your email to the actual manager. In that email, include your conversation with said shift supervisor only if she was a positive (THE MAKE). If she wasn't, don't bother mentioning her at all (THE BREAK). You don't want to include the person in your email who wouldn't recall talking to you, in the email to the hiring person. It just doesn't work in your favor. 3. IF YOU DON’T HEAR FROM THE MANAGER: Follow up with a call, a couple days to a week later to the shift supervisor, and ONLY if she was a positive call. Let her know that you emailed such and such and you hadn't heard anything. And be bold at this point. If you forgot to ask something before, ask it now. Outright ask…are they really hiring for the position now, or later.....What type of candidate would they be looking for? IF YOU DO HEAR FROM THE MANAGER: Still call the shift supervisor and let her know. You want to get this person on your side. I’m the type that would have asked this person to bring me up the manager. But that's just me. IF YOU GET NO RESPONSE FROM EMAIL AND IT WAS A NEGATIVE CALL WITH THE SHIFT SUPERVISOR…then you get dressed in your best, with resume in hand and take a trip to the unit. Some people are afraid to be bold because they are seeking a job. So the feeling is to be humble. But confidence is what's needed here. You've got to say to yourself: I do value the opportunity, but I want to be taken seriously too. So while you’re working this opportunity, you should be simultaneously “carpe diem” everywhere else. Last thing, is it only this unit? Would there be another area of the hospital that you would like to work? Try that as well. Most places let you transfer after three months. So that’s a route you could use as well. Hope this helps. Good luck to you!
  2. Chicago

    How I Got My Dream Job!

    TokyoRose!!!! Say what?!?!?!?! LOL! That is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!! :yeah:I must also say that I was totally emotional when I read your post initially. For you to say that my post changed your life is MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY. The entire process of being the success that has UNsuccessfully managed to land a job can be very disheartening. Especially when the defeat is consistent. But by being able to stay positive and have faith, the epiphany will surely come. I'm glad I was able to be that for you, as now you are also the same to many others. I can only apologize that I had not seen this earlier. By now, I hope you have settled well into the full swing of things at your workplace. Trust many more blessings are to come. As my mentor told me after passing my boards, once you become a nurse, its not the end but the beginning. Its been a little over a year for me now, and I still have jaw-dropping opportunities barreling my way. Kudos TokyoRose!!! BOO-YOW!!!! You got a job!! *does my happy dance* Aongroup1990- You sent me a message and I tried to respond to you but your inbox was full. So when you get a chance to clear your messages....I'm here.
  3. Chicago

    I got a job!!!! BOO-YOW!

    Glad I could be of service to everyone thus far. AndyJune: Great work gumshoe (LOL!). Super congratulations and thanks for your addition as well. I'll see if I can edit my post to add your latest spy techniques.
  4. Chicago

    Location change

    I have no clue about the job market in Denver. However, I feel that it should be much more urbanized than the town you are from in WY. But as far as experience is concerned, you have 1.5yrs RN experience. That's more than enough to get a position on a med-surg floor or even mother/baby or labor and delivery. I would still apply for new grad positions but IMO one should never limit themselves to ANY opportunity. However, technically you are no longer considered a new grad because of your experience at the RN level. Do not let the fact that your experience is not "clinically based" deter you either. You have patient care experience REGARDLESS. I also graduated in May 2010. But never found a job until March of 2011. After only 7months of experience in, my Chest Pain Unit is closing. They decided they are moving the beds for more med/surg floors space. Instead of merging with the med/surg staff, the ICU manager wanted to take a look at me. She recognized that I worked for 5yrs in an ICU as a clerk. She was willing to give me orientation of one month and half. If more is needed, than I will have that option as well. So starting next week, I am an ICU nurse. In closing, apply, apply, apply and when you bag an interview, walk in there with the most confident attitude. If they try to question you as being limited in experience, then you sell yourself. Four years with a practice suggests longevity with a company and invested passion for OBGYN care. If a manager/interviewer doesn't recognize that, then you probably wouldn't want to work for them anyway. Good luck in your search!
  5. Chicago

    I got a job!!!! BOO-YOW!

    Sorry about the delay in response. Life has been kinda hectic. But I am soooooo happy for you. That is AWESOME news!!! I hope you have enjoyed your experience in the ICU so far. I'm sure you have seen how much you have grown and yet still learning a handful and then some everyday. Great work, gumshoe! LOL! Cheers! 👍
  6. Chicago

    I got a job!!!! BOO-YOW!

    I am cheeeesing!!! Because I am officially a nurse. That's right! No longer am I the licensed non-working individual. But I am not here to gloat or rub it in. I wanted to give some tips. They are kind of out-of-the-norm....Very stalker-ish even! Hopefully, these will help you as they did me. Fyi...Try to be discreet at certain times with a few of these rules. Happy hunting! Check out LinkedIn This website is not only a networking tool for individuals but for companies as well. You'd be surprised how many CEO's and directors of nursing are on that site. Stalker angle: many of the big heads keep their overall profiles anonymous. So you may see a title, but no name nor face. In order to override this. Look down to the bottom of the screen. There is a section called: people who viewed this profile, or something like that. Click on one of their names to see their profile. Once you do that, scroll back down again to the same section. The previous profile (that had no name) that you viewed will now appear with a name and (if, available) a picture. Also, cue in on the groups. Not only was I a member of nursing groups,I also became a member of a recruiter's network group. You get to read all the dirt, do's and don'ts. One recruiter was asking the group on how to do her background checks without contacting the previous jobs. Another was dogging out the interviewee. From their attire to their responses. Are you kidding me??? Why shouldn't we be in on this too???? And the best part....It's all free. Also, they have a jobseeker membership. For like $15/mo or so, they will brand your profile with a gold jobseeker icon. I never used it but this month they are offering a free 30-day trial to use it. So if I were you guys, i'd sign up just flipping because. Email Contact Once you've secretly (ha!) bagged your info, use that as your seller when emailing them. How do you do that, you ask? Easy! Go to the website of the company. Look up their contact us info. Somewhere on the overly detailed site, you should see a "@mycompany.org" listed. Most companies have the usernames as their first name. Lastname@mycompany.org. Use that to your advantage. Send an email using two versions. Ex. Janice.Kay@mycompany.org, or jkay@mycompany.org. Its bound to get to them. In your email. Give a brief introduction of yourself. Talk about how you'd be interested in working for their hospital etc etc, attach resume and hit send. The worst that could happen....It gets eaten by their spam folder, or self-deleted. The best...They wonder how in the heck you got their email and forwards your resume to their hiring manager after scrutinizing you by phone. If and when they call, they'll go through the motions and then hit you with that question. When they do ask, here's what you say: oh I was researching how blank hospital recently became a #1 stroke center, etc etc and saw your name and info. Make sure you let it roll off your tongue. Stalker angle: to score really good brownie points, research their name within the hospital's site and even Google them. I found a majority of my people had open facebook accounts, or were presenters at nursing conventions that I've attended. So for extra bit of measure, I threw in info that we had similarly in common. Works wonders!! Post Resume On Job Sites When you put a resume on job sites, i.e., Monster, CareerBuilder, indeed, etc., update your profile once a week. Just think millions of people like you and me are constantly on the look for jobs. These sites charge employers almost a couple thousand a year to post their ads (yes!!! I've checked. Try uploading an ad as an employer and see what their bill is). Then do you think they actually look at all those 1-500 of 5,000,000 profiles. Of course not! They shave the first 5-10 they see and logout from the rest. So if I upload my profile on Monday, and i'm #3. What's my spot come Thursday? #56,412??? So, once a week, go to your profile and do anything. Re-upload a resume, delete your number and re-add it, add another location to relocate to...Whatever. You make one change, you're automatically put back at the top of the list. I would upload my resume, and my phone wouldn't stop ringing. Then come Wed/Thurs...Silence. I was fooling around and updated something of little importance. All of a sudden, my phone's off the hook again. That's when I figured it out. I told two other friends to do the same, and it happened exactly. So stay on top of those job sites. Become A Super Stalker For those of you desperately wanting to get your dream unit job: icu, or, nicu, dialysis, etc etc. Look up all the possible hospitals/facilities you would like to work with. Call the main number and ask for that specific unit. When transferred, tell the clerk you would like to speak to the manager. (for 1st time calls, call around lunch time. Hopefully, they won't be in the office.) once transferred, hopefully you'll get to the voicemail--detailing their name and the extension you called. Let's say you get the name, but not the extension. Then call the operator and ask for Janice Kay's ext. Try to sound as if you already work there. Pipsqueak voices are not allowed! Or maybe you got the extension, but no name. In that case, call the unit back, not the operator. This time sound kind of bossy. Most people will rattle of the mgr's name thinking you have a complaint. And if you're really lucky, they'll offer to give the direct line. With that info in tow, refer back to #2. Send your strategy email, then you must double back with a phone call. Sometimes, hr is super slow on the hiring process. But the mgr can push them, especially when she sees your resume is just what she's looking for. Another hint: most nurse managers love new grads. Its the hr that's a blocker to us. Get in with them, and the table could turn in your favor. Make The HR Assistant/Secretary Your New BFF The job that I accepted was pretty much due to the hr secretary. I faxed my info over, waited a few days, and then called to confirm she got it. While she was looking to see, I could still hear her chatting to herself and I caught on that she didn't have a southern accent. So I played on that, and she let me know how she was an out-of-towner. After our 5 min conversation about how she adjusted and what brought her there (notice, I made the convo all about her!), I get a call from the chest pain coordinator the next day. Results: I tested my strategies out, starting from Jan 25th till Feb. 14th (offer acceptance date). Overall, in 3 1/2 weeks, I've had 6 interviews, 6 offers, and selected for 3 residency programs in 2 different cities. Yesterday, I got an email to set up a phone interview for today. All of them are looking for experienced nurses, but still were willing to see me because of my unique, savvy contacting techniques. I start march 14th. They gave me four weeks to relocate and such. And lets just say i'm verrrrrrrrrrrrryyyy appreciative of the pay. In closing, whether its who you know or not, 2.5 gpa vs 4.0, previous cna/tech/lpn experience or none, BSN or ADN, you've got to get out there and make something happen for yourself! Faxing in the good ol' resume just doesn't cut it anymore. Be proactive. I wish everyone of you the best in your endeavors. We all have worked hard just to get to this point, so its inevitable that our time will come. Some sooner than others. *doing my happy dance* boo-yow!!!!! *fist pump*
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    For new grads looking for their first job

    Unless you were reading another post, it sounds like you were talking about me. It is sad but I wouldn't necessarily say devaluing. My hope in doing it was so I could be apart of change. Or make worldly changes so-to-speak. The idea was that I was doing it for that, not because I couldn't find a job (lol). But it is what it is sometimes. And I wouldn't bypass any experience, freelance or not. I wholeheartedly agree with Ty practically on every aspect. And I like how you gave advice with supporting examples to reinforce you argument. Its no lie that its who you know more than what you know. But how will you KNOW who to KNOW, if you don't get out there in mingle.... They say public speaking is the number one fear next to death. While in the job search, work on your PROFESSIONAL socializing skills. I read a book on how to break the ice when talking to strangers. It really helped me and now I find it easy getting information from people without specifically asking for it. Double Kudos Ty!! Your lack of confidence really disturbed me. Its almost as if you're intending on NOT getting a job. I don't want to give false hope but at the same time, if you don't get the job, I wouldn't be surprised. You've got to get rid of that "stinking thinking". Nobody likes a Debbie Downer and it shows RIGHT THROUGH your post. They obviously called because you meet the qualifications. So act accordingly at that interview and ROCK IT!!! Show them that calling you was the best decision they ever made. End of discussion! In conclusion, this post has mixed emotions all around. I will say that as positive as the OP is being, (I believe it means original poster, correct me if I'm wrong. Very new to this.) we all know that as nurses you do not give false hope to the client. But let us step back here for a moment. Regardless of our position, RN, Nursing Student, Clinician, etc, we have all had a point in our lives where we felt it was the end of the road. Someone lends us advice and we accepted it wholly or shunned them for not understanding because "its never happened to them." Some of us will unknowingly get our mojo back and others may never see the light. That's life. But to make it easier, approach and presentation is everything. If you're a complainer, and you don't think you are, maybe you should mirror yourself. Have you really done all you can??? Am I a Debbie Downer??? If we think you are (and we're online and can't even SEE you), just think what employers think about you? And if you're on the receiving end, what have you done to help? Telling me to be positive when I've been 2 weeks into the search isn't all that bad. But when I'm knocking 3-4mos, that's when we need to hear constructive criticism more than ANYTHING. It's like when you do something wrong, people always tell you what you should've done then, instead of what you should do NOW. I came to allnurses. com so that I can network, not to whine and pout. I'm everywhere, LinkedIN, FaceBook, job fairs, health fairs, neighbors. In my mind, any person I meet is another contact to another nurse I don't know, but WILL know SOON. I've met a lot of people and I don't feel nothing I've done has been in vain. When it comes it will come like a storm, but till then, keep a positive head and being UNconventional in your approach is what I feel will stand out best! Sorry for the long post you guys!
  8. EmergencyRN- As HarStarr stated, they require BSN holders as well. TraumaRUs and VikiRN- I have applied with Fresenius numerous times, as well as DaVita. So far no response. However, I had applied during nursing school to be a tech. They actually called me numerous times for the same position in various locations. Each time they decided it best I wait until I finish nursing school. Now that I have, I find it funny how I can't even get a response email that I wasn't picked. Lol! Mswhitern- Thanks...definitely looking into that.
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    New Grad RN CAN'T FIND WORK!! What should I do?

    I didn't read all the responses so I am not sure if this was addressed or not. But I am in the same boat, and as of yet, I am not working. So I contacted my student loan provider and filled out a hardship forms. They were able to extend my repayment schedule to 9mos. Try giving them a call. Nothing is more overwhelming and stressful than the idea of not finding a job PLUS impending debt.
  10. GHGoonette- I have thought about that for possibly after completing my BSN...or MSN. For the obvious reasons, finances. However, I will look down that road again. Maybe if I don't go so far, like Mexico/South America, as opposed to Africa. And then when I can truly afford it, I could expand the horizons a bit more. Lilypad2424- I totally agree. I keep talking and asking. I've used Indeed.com too but no avail. But you're advice about getting local...gave me some ideas I hadn't thought about. Definitely will look further. I am glad you were able to find something. Thanks for the kind words.
  11. Hello all, So here is my dilemma: New grad RN and looking for a job!!!!!! Sound like a broken record, I'm sure. I just received my license in the mail (woo hoo!). I live in Chicago and would like to relocate to either Memphis, Atlanta or Miami to work. I am interested in Trauma or ICU, and lately have gotten an interest in Dialysis. I took an IV Placement Certification through Nursing Spectrum (last year), and have my ACLS (received in October). I would like to say that taking my ACLS before NCLEX was TRULY helpful. Now, I do not have a BSN only ADN, and I realize my certificate is not the same as having a certification. So I guess what I am asking is, what else can I do to beef up my certs/skills as being a suitable for the acute care environment? The home health/ and nursing homes that I have applied to are looking for experience. The hospitals are on the same page as well, even those who have a residency program require BSN holders strictly. I read about new grads who pass up the flu clinics and I'm like, "well how can I get in on that." At least they're offering something. I keep coming to dead ends and I refuse to get discouraged. But I don't want it to carry on so long that it looks that I've been out of school too long without any experience. I've even applied for jobs as a Patient Care Tech or CNA/Nurse helper, ya know, just to get my foot in the door. But I get denied because I'm an RN already. What is a girl to do?