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I'm applying for a position at a different hospital and was given the nurse managers contact information. I submitted an application online but I don't want it to become lost with the others. Should I call the nurse manager and express my interest? I was also going to mail a cover letter and resume to the nurse manager... Is this in bad taste?

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BabyLady is a BSN, RN and specializes in NICU, Post-partum.

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I'm applying for a position at a different hospital and was given the nurse managers contact information. I submitted an application online but I don't want it to become lost with the others. Should I call the nurse manager and express my interest? I was also going to mail a cover letter and resume to the nurse manager... Is this in bad taste?

Yes, phone calls are in bad taste.

You need to send a hard copy of your resume along with a cover letter directly to the nurse manager as well, since you have their contact information.

If you get an interview, follow it up with a thank you.

Then unfortunately, you have to be patient..and wait.

Never do phone calls...that is why many employers do not list phone numbers or state "no phone calls".

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LaurieEllen1973 specializes in critical care, end-of-life, OR.

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You can't go wrong mailing a cover letter and resume, but directly calling is a gamble, and could go either way. Write a real good letter and emphasize your strong points that suit you to that exact position. It's a great chance to include all the stuff that can't fit on a form. You didn't mention who provided you with the nurse manager's info?? Good luck!

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Do you want a job? I would call, but pick when you call or better yet go in person. How you got the contact info is also important..............While calling is gambling emailing or mailing things are better route.

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smkiya has 4 years experience and specializes in Med-Surg, Tele, Psych.

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A current employee of the unit gave me the contact info and suggested I call.

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linearthinker has 25 years experience as a DNP, RN and specializes in FNP.

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I assume you mean call her office and certainly not a personal contact number. I guess I'm ambivalent. I'd probably wait a week or two and phrase it as a follow up so you don't seem like a stalker. No one likes to be harassed.

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i wouldn't call. i would send in a resume/cover letter through the mail and tell your friend who is comfortable enough with the manager to give out his/her information to put in a good word for you. i was just faced with this yesterday actually - a friend of mine gave me the manager's number and told me to call and i was like, "no, how about you suggest that she call ME if she needs someone." there's no way i would call.

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If someone who works there gave you the information and told you to call I would definitely do it but tell her that so and so suggested it. In my experience many of the people hired on my unit have made direct contact in addition to applying online. Shoot sometimes we have open positions that aren't even listed on the hospital's website. Good luck!

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Whispera is a MSN, RN and specializes in psych, addictions, hospice, education.

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Since you got the number from an employee on the unit, if you call it could come across as a "how in the world is my number public???" thing and that could be held against you.

It's different if you have already met the manager, but a cold phone call from a stranger is never good. Send a resume to her at the hospital. She'll wonder how you got her email address, while her mail address is rather public. Do not send email for the same reason I mentioned above. Also, while we are the technology age, there are still many people who don't check their email often at work. Some, hard to believe, don't even know they have email and may not have a handy computer at work.

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labordude has 13 years experience and specializes in Labor and Delivery, OBED, NICU, Lactation.

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There is no reason why you couldn't call the unit directly and ask to speak to the nurse manager. Why look a gift networking horse in the mouth when the job outlook isn't all that great at the current moment. You are likely to get a voicemail but if you say something like "I'm very interested in this opportunity, I have such and such relevant experience...I understand you have a busy schedule but I'd like just a few minutes to speak to you about what I can bring to this unit" You have now shown interest and initiative while showing deference to a manager's time constraints. You have EVERYTHING to gain by standing out of the crowd in a professional and courteous manner.

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Can you find out her work e-mail address instead? It would be just as effective as a phone call, and less intrusive.

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labordude has 13 years experience and specializes in Labor and Delivery, OBED, NICU, Lactation.

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Can you find out her work e-mail address instead? It would be just as effective as a phone call, and less intrusive.

E-mail addresses are usually easy to figure out. Once you know the name of the person and the organization, just google "@organization.com" or whatever they are. Most companies are First.Lastname@, First_Lastname@, FirstInitialLastname@ or something to that effect.

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