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Where to look for jobs in Bay Area

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by kcwhitRN kcwhitRN, BSN (New) New

Has 3 years experience.

Hi there!

My fiance and I relocated to the East Bay a few months ago for his job and I am struggling to find work. I have one year of inpatient float pool experience and 5 months of outpatient oncology experience coming from the Chicago area.

I'm looking for advice that anyone can give on ways to find a job here or where to look! I have submitted over 50 applications to Kaiser, Sutter, JohnMuir, and some other smaller companies with no luck. Also looked at some travel nursing job posts I have seen but do not have 2 years of experience to qualify.

I appreciate any advice! Thanks!!

Hi. How far away are you looking at? South Bay? North Bay? The farther away from the city you are, I imagine the chances are better.

kcwhitRN, BSN

Has 3 years experience.

@db2xs I'm currently in the Walnut Creek area but will be moving to the North Bay this Summer. I've been looking pretty much everywhere in the east bay and north bay as far up as Sacramento

What about Sonoma County?

kcwhitRN, BSN

Has 3 years experience.

I will look into it, thanks!

Right now, you might not have any luck at all due to the pandemic - at least for regular f/t positions. Bay Area is tough to crack as it is and now w/ all the COVID-19 cases, a lot of regular employees have their hours cut.

Sonoma County is a good suggestion. Not sure if you want to go even more north, but places in the Shasta/Redding area are probably a good bet as well.

If OP is willing to drive to Sac from the East Bay, Sonoma County will be nothing.

I'm unsure what is going on with hiring during this pandemic but for sure if someone has ICU/ED experience, that would work out. If someone is willing to go to another state during this time, e.g., NY, then boom, easy work--and they can go as a traveller.

kcwhitRN, BSN

Has 3 years experience.

1 hour ago, LunaBuna said:

what's the update? Were you able to find a job?

Yes, I did find a job! I was hired at Travis AFB. I was also offered a position at Stanford but declined because the commute was too far. 

LunaBuna, BSN, MSN, CNM

Has 6 years experience.

COngrats! I'm still searching. Unfortunately, I don't have the acute care hospital experience so it is really tough to find anything but home health nursing for me. Wish me luck!

NYnurse

Has 6 years experience.

Hi! What were your techniques for job searching? Applying directly on the webpage? LinkedIn? Indeed? 

 

Thanks in advance! 

kcwhitRN, BSN

Has 3 years experience.

@NYnurse I submitted over 50 applications directly on Sutter Health and Kaiser and most were ignored. I was offered an interview at one of the Kaiser locations but I had already accepted my current position. I was on LinkedIn and Indeed every day looking at new jobs. Some job postings on LinkedIn will show you who posted them. If you see a recruiter posting a job, don't be afraid to connect with them and reach out directly about available positions. There are also so many contract/travel nursing positions available but I did not qualify for what they were looking for. If you have experience that may be a way to get your foot in the door somewhere and work your way into a permanent position. Hope this helps!