Hi all, I graduated 12/12 and am still unemployed I have changed my resume, CV several times and after reading suggestions. The problem is, not only am I a new grad RN with no prior CNA or LPN experiencee, I have been a stay-home-mom for 15 years prior to returning to school to get my ADN. I have a huge employment gap in my resume'! I don't know whether to explain somewhere in the cover letter, or put that in my resume? And where would it go, under employment history? In the last 10 months I did take an ACLS class, and have volunteered as a parent at school clinic, but there is little else to go on my resume during this time.
Every Single Job advertised says at least 1year of nursing experience REQUIRED. I have searched day and night, looked at jobs in nearly every specialty, and found only one that said, would consider new graduate. That was for weekend night shift in LTC. I've been applying to all these jobs anyway. But I wonder? Do these go into the circular file while they scratch their head and ask "Can she not Read?" I don't understand how other new grads are getting jobs, and in ED and ICU, and I'm not. Is it because I have an ADN with no nursing experience?
I have no outstanding GPA, no intern,externship, no awards. I am academically average. What I do have is a need to help others. It makes me feel alive. I also have a great work ethic and a motivation to progress professionally. Before kids, I was an EMT and Firefighter. So I have some experience with providing care, and working in fast paced environments, ect. I would love a job in ED. I assumed I would start at LTC, LTAC and slowly work my way up to it. How does a new grad get hired into the ED? I'm thinking now about volunteering somewhere, other than the school clinic. I just want the opportunity to learn and to work. I would even train for free if someone would take me in. Please, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I'm still hopeful :-).