Small Victories

I decided to take a day off from new job applications today. After venting to my nursing school friends and S for the past few days, I realized I was on the verge of a meltdown, and needed to step back. That in itself was a victory…rather than persist in the discouraging process, I gave myself some distance.

I also learned another lesson about the value of persistence. I had applied for an acute care hospice job last week, and just so happen to be friends with an RN who works there already. She gave me the name of the manager and we played phone tag last week, his last voice mail on Friday saying he’d be in touch after he got my application from HR and read through it.

Lo and behold, I checked my application status online yesterday and it said “Sorry, not selected.” Harumph.

However, the status date was last week, before I even got the manager’s message.

Which means he may not have ever seen my application.

So today, I took matters in to my own hands and called him directly to follow up. Sure nuf, he had never seen my application, had only received one partially completed application from another candidate and was mystified about why HR hadn’t sent him anything else.

When I asked if I could send my resume to him directly, he said “Absolutely.”

My RN friend says that he’ll be hesitant to hire a new grad but that he’s not opposed to it. The last new grad they brought on is doing great.

I’m not holding my breath, but it felt really good to be proactive about something…

P.S. Another victory for the day…The Makings of a Nurse got a shout-out in an online article, “50 Best Blogs for New Nurses”. As discouraging as the past few weeks have been, at least I know my experiences can be helpful to someone else. 🙂

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