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Is there a special secret for new grad nurses to be marketable?


Dear Donna,

Currently, I live in Michigan. I plan on relocating this summer. I just graduated from community college and received my ADN. However, I don’t see graduate nurse positions available very often. Is there a special secret for new grad nurses to be marketable? I’m open to any shift, unit, or floor. I’m just seeking nursing experience.


Dear Donna replies:

Dear Yenixis,

You should be applying to every hospital in your area whether you are aware of an opening or not. Rather than sending in résumés and cover letters, make phone calls to the nurse recruiters and/or the human resources department. Hospitals only run new graduate orientation programs at certain times of the year. So don’t waste time making those contacts.

You should also go to Nursing Spectrum/NurseWeek Career Fairs so you can meet many prospective employers in one place. Read “How to Get the Most out of Attending a Career Fair before you go. Watch for facility open house/recruitment events, too.

Additionally, you should join and get active in your state nurses association. At least attend some meetings as a guest. Networking is a great way to find and get a job. Find your SNA at; then click on “Constituent Member Association.”

If you cannot find a hospital job, and since you are planning to relocate anyway, look for a position in an alternate care setting, such as long-term care, rehabilitation, or sub-acute. Read “New Nurse, New Job Strategy” at for more ideas.

Please read my book Your First Year as a Nurse. Information about it is available at

Best wishes,

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nursing Spectrum/NurseWeek’s “Dear Donna” and author of Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional and The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career. Information about the books is available at and, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call (800) 866-0919 or visit


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