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Why can't I find a job?

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Has 2 years experience.

Hi,

Apologies for venting but I'm starting to think being an RPN has huge disadvantages regarding the job market in Toronto.

I graduated nearly a year ago, I got registered with CNO in January 2020 and only began seriously looking for hospital jobs in May. I've done a ton of online certificate training and I still can't get a call back.
My resume and cover letter were reviewed by a professional and they advised it was perfect with some tweaking.

So, What gives? have I been out of school for "too long"?

GBC_Student, BSN, LPN, RN

Has 5 years experience.

Toronto is a tough job market. When I graduated in 2013 it took me about ten months to find my first rpn job. I got my RN license in July 2019, I just got my first RN job last week. It can take a lot of time unfortunately and it's definitely discouraging to keep applying and not even get a rejection email. Keep at it, it'll happen. Apply for every single job, even if it says they want two years of experience, a specific certification or whatever else.

thruaway99

Has 2 years experience.

3 hours ago, GBC_Student said:

Toronto is a tough job market. When I graduated in 2013 it took me about ten months to find my first rpn job. I got my RN license in July 2019, I just got my first RN job last week. It can take a lot of time unfortunately and it's definitely discouraging to keep applying and not even get a rejection email. Keep at it, it'll happen. Apply for every single job, even if it says they want two years of experience, a specific certification or whatever else.

Thank you for your response, I can't believe as an RN it took you nearly a year to get a job!! I thought it would be easier since the RN to RPN postings are like 20:5 at some places. But congratulations!

I meant to say that I began looking end of March, I am afraid the longer I keep going like this the worse my chances of getting hired will be because of an education gap on my resume. I have been told this is a reality as well and it makes my anxiety skyrocket each passing day. Have you heard this to be true? - I mean I am currently taking online classes to specialize and I've also done workshops and certificates, yet I still feel discouraged.

Maybe I should look into hamilton, On 😞

Lucydog14

Has 13 years experience.

Are you able to move? I’m in Grey Bruce and there are lots of jobs.

Getting a job in hospital is difficult unless you know someone that knows the manager. I'd apply to long-term care and work for at least 6 mths to 1 year and continuously apply to hospitals that have rehab units.

thruaway99

Has 2 years experience.

8 hours ago, Lucydog14 said:

Are you able to move? I’m in Grey Bruce and there are lots of jobs.

I'm open to moving, but I'll need to make sure I have decent pay to rent a place.

GBC_Student, BSN, LPN, RN

Has 5 years experience.

On 6/25/2020 at 9:42 PM, thruaway99 said:

Thank you for your response, I can't believe as an RN it took you nearly a year to get a job!! I thought it would be easier since the RN to RPN postings are like 20:5 at some places. But congratulations!

I meant to say that I began looking end of March, I am afraid the longer I keep going like this the worse my chances of getting hired will be because of an education gap on my resume. I have been told this is a reality as well and it makes my anxiety skyrocket each passing day. Have you heard this to be true? - I mean I am currently taking online classes to specialize and I've also done workshops and certificates, yet I still feel discouraged.

Maybe I should look into hamilton, On 😞

Yeah I was kind of picky when it came to RN positions I was applying to.

I think a lot of employers get that not every new grad is going to find a job right after school. I think if it was like a two year gap they might wonder but six months or even a year isn't crazy.

GingerCrayons

Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 1 years experience.

Trillium Health Partners is hiring RPNs in their stroke and ortho departments as well as medicine. Try applying there.

thruaway99

Has 2 years experience.

On 6/29/2020 at 10:49 AM, GingerCrayons said:

Trillium Health Partners is hiring RPNs in their stroke and ortho departments as well as medicine. Try applying there.

Thank you for the heads up, all postings say they require minimum 2 years experience 😞

Lucydog14

Has 13 years experience.

Apply anyways

where are you looking? all my friends who are new RPNs had no trouble in toronto, but they were applying to nursing homes, palliative, rehab etc

east general is also good too

thruaway99

Has 2 years experience.

On 7/14/2020 at 9:12 AM, LisaStone said:

where are you looking? all my friends who are new RPNs had no trouble in toronto, but they were applying to nursing homes, palliative, rehab etc

east general is also good too

Hospitals mainly, St. Joes, Sunnybrook, Camh, Caseyhouse, community centers. etc.

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On 6/25/2020 at 5:45 PM, GBC_Student said:

Toronto is a tough job market. When I graduated in 2013 it took me about ten months to find my first rpn job. I got my RN license in July 2019, I just got my first RN job last week. It can take a lot of time unfortunately and it's definitely discouraging to keep applying and not even get a rejection email. Keep at it, it'll happen. Apply for every single job, even if it says they want two years of experience, a specific certification or whatever else.

Big congratulations on your new job!

Care to share how much your starting pay is?

If you drive, community nursing might be an option. I know hospital jobs are hard to get for RPNs especially new grads, so community is another area to work, if you are smart, you'll learn lot of skills in the community plus it's flexible.

Lucydog14

Has 13 years experience.

Generally hospitals hire lots of RPNs.

Community nursing is tough for new grads because you have to work independently and you need experience to make judgement calls

GBC_Student, BSN, LPN, RN

Has 5 years experience.

18 hours ago, OptNurse said:

Big congratulations on your new job!

Care to share how much your starting pay is?

They don't count my rpn experience so I'm starting at the bottom of the ONA pay scale which is $33.23 an hour at my hospital. With shift premiums and a holiday shift here and there my wage for one year should be about $68,000 before tax and other deductions.

On 7/21/2020 at 4:17 AM, GBC_Student said:

They don't count my rpn experience so I'm starting at the bottom of the ONA pay scale which is $33.23 an hour at my hospital. With shift premiums and a holiday shift here and there my wage for one year should be about $68,000 before tax and other deductions.

Thanks a lot for your response.