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Very hard time getting new job; what am I doing wrong????

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by joansmith1 joansmith1 (New Member) New Member

joansmith1 has 7 years experience .

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I'm applying for nursing jobs and barely being called even though I meet all their stated qualifications, and then some. I'm a PCU RN with a good work history at a major healthcare organization, have a BSN, I have a national certification in my field. I was a preceptor, committee member, etc. My resume is great with no grammatical issues. I quit my last job to explore other opportunities and I was a great employee who left in good standing. I'm at a loss as to what I can do differently. 

I've also noticed that a lot of my apps are "pending hiring team review" yet nothing ever happens with them. 

One concern is that I left my last job in December and haven't worked since. I took some time off to travel and help out some family members with various things. I'm sure the gap on my resume may be concerning for some but plenty of people take time off for a variety of reasons right? 

Any insight/suggestions/ideas as to what I can do differently when applying for these positions? 

 

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TheMoonisMyLantern has 12 years experience as a ADN, LPN, RN and specializes in Mental health, substance abuse, geriatrics, PCU.

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It's always easier to get a job when you have a job. Unfortunately employment gaps no matter how justified can hurt one's marketability. My recommendation would be to look for opportunities outside of acute care. LTC/SNF, corrections, home health, private duty, hospice, dialysis are all areas to consider. This would allow you to make money and be able to close that unemployment gap while allowing you to expand your skill set. Besides, you never know something beyond acute care may turn out to be something you really like.

Good luck.

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myoglobin has 11 years experience as a ASN, BSN, MSN and specializes in ICU, trauma, neuro.

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Many places will hire PRN or part time easier than full time. Also consider agency companies since they also typically will "hire easier".  Having a prn or agency position will do two things. Relieve financial pressure to find something quick and keep your "fresh" and working while you are looking for a longer term job. Another option would be to look at travel nursing. This is an especially good option if your local job market is saturated or if there is an emphasis (in your market) on hiring new grads to save money.  

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Why did you leave your last job without another lined up?  That could be part of your issue.

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