Things I Am Tired Of Hearing

I know, I know, it’s tough for everyone out there, but there are just some things that I am SICK of hearing during this job application process.

Take good notes if you want to avoid torturing me (or vice versa, in which case you are the devil)…

  • New grads welcome to apply. Don’t say it if you don’t mean it. I’ve applied to many a job that will “consider” new grads, then a week later I’m told they’ve been “inundated” with applications from more experienced candidates and won’t even be interviewing new grads. Fine, but don’t make us feel that we have a shot if we don’t actually have one.
  • Experience “preferred.” Bullsh*t. This actually means experience REQUIRED. How many times have I submitted for one of these, only to be told, “Sorry you don’t meet the minimum qualifications.” Well, you didn’t say I had to have experience, Mr. Recruiter Man.
  • BSN preferred. Tell that to my second-degree nursing program that decided a BSN was unnecessary. Apparently they forgot that we actually have to be employed while we’re working on that Master’s degree…
  • You can’t be too picky. Um, I’ve applied to jobs I wouldn’t want to actually do if you paid me $100 an hour. But I’ll take ’em if they’re offered. 90 applications in a month does NOT equal picky, people.
  • Hang in there. Says every person I know with an actual job. Try saying that when you’re unemployed and see how it tastes.
  • It’ll all work out. Tell that to my landlord and other entities to whom I owe money.
  • It’s not about you/It isn’t personal. Of course it’s not personal but that doesn’t make me feel better. It just reminds me how crappy things are for everyone around me too.
  • Wait, isn’t there a nursing shortage? No, Virginia, not around these parts.

Moral of the story: Careful what you say to new grad nurses. 🙂

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