Okay I will cave and tell you my job search story you can decide.
I started looking at job adds about a year before graduation, I had worked as a CNA2 in a ED and had been talking to my manager about possible open positions
My senior year I worked as a coach/lab assisstant in the nursing skills lab (score for the resume) for working with the 1st year students
My practicum was in an ED, I began looking at all internships in my area began applying about 3 months before graduation
1st interview was a month after graduation for an internship program, they interviewed 540 people and hired 40. I was not one of them.
I applied to everything I could find, I went and got ACLS and PALS certified, which did not help me, I interviewed at a LTC and the DON didn't like it that I had worked in the ED and had certifications because "you don't plan on sticking around for very long"
Interviewed at a women's prision, they had 100 interviews for 1 spot (great odds)
Interviewed at the state mental hospital 40 applicants for 1 spot (slightly better odds)
Again still applying to everything I could find, had my application in at every hospital within 1.5 hrs drive from my house, with automatic emails to tell me when new positions posted.
Started the process to get my liscense in the state next to mine
Began vollenteering as a rape advocate
Got hired to do flu shot clinics 3 months after graduation
Then an internship in the ED of a local hospital opened up, I applied online, I knew that wouldn't be enough I wanted to stand out so I put together a nice packet of my cover letter, resume, letters of reccomendation, an copies of my clinical evaluations
when to the hosital to see if I could speak to someone in HR, no such luck this hospital is part of a large 15+ hospital system, but did get the # for HR. Began calling q 3 days untill I spoke to the recruiter for the posted job, who said that my application had been forewarded to the manager, asked if there was anything else I could do, no
So I took the same packet to see if I could just meet the ED manager, no such luck and didn't get the job.
My own ED finally had positons open up, but then my manager was demoted and some changes were made to the upper management positions which ultimatley resulted in a new policy of no new grads in the ED, a 2 year experience minimium in critical care was now the requirment
5 months after graduation I got a job doing pedatric home health, plus the flu shots, plus I still was working as a CNA2 in the ED
Still ket applying as home health did not have many hours or was not safe for a new grad
Still applying to every hospital position even though the trend in my area is BSN required, so I start my RN-BSN program
I made a map of all the local nursing homes and I drove to them all and applied to them all
Finally in Januaray (8 months after graduation) I was offered a PRN position in a SNF in the next state, on the 1st day of orientation they offered full time.
I have now been there 5 months, and am half way through my BSN program and I still am applying for RN positions hopping to get something better.
My classmates have had about the same luck
One had worked for the same hospital system for 7 years, he stuck it out and after 10 months after graduation they finally hired him as a RN
One classmate had her hopsital system pay for her nursing school education, then when she graduated they were not interested in hirring her because she didn't get her BSN
Another one had worked for the same hosital system for 17 years as a lab tech and then an ER tech, they were not interested in hirring her because of not having a BSN and experience
Another classmate worked as a MA for 22 years, she happily has been hired back into the system after she had to leave to work in a SNF for 5 months to get some expereince before they hired her back as a RN
So I didn't sit on my hands waiting for a job to come to me, I went and looked for it, but it is the area that I am, I just got a phone call for a NICU position 3 states away