An RN was laid off due to “reduction in workforce” and was told that position was eliminated. The RN was told she could reapply and has done so for over two years, but has not been called for even one interview. The RN has maintained her license and CEUs and has no record of anything against her license. What are your recommendations? Should the nurse give up on trying for a job at that facility?
Also, how can a nurse find out if he/she has been blacklisted for no apparent reason, and what are your recommendations if this appears to be the problem preventing the nurse from getting a job?
Dear Donna replies:
Dear Laid Off,
If you’ve been reapplying for two years, I’d say it’s time to move on and look in new directions. Read How to handle layoffs (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Layoffs).
I hope you haven’t stayed unemployed all this time, but if you have, at least start volunteering as a nurse as soon as possible. This will give you recent relevant experience to put on your resume, hone old skills and learn new ones, and expand your professional network. It will give structure to your week, help to rebuild your confidence and take your mind off your troubles.
Volunteering often leads to paid employment. It’s a way to get your foot in the door somewhere. Look for volunteer positions with your local department of health, a hospice, free clinic, faith-community nursing program, blood bank, etc.
Blacklisting is a very strong word. It usually refers to a large-scale, orchestrated attempt to exclude certain people. An employer’s decision not to rehire or hire someone is not the same as blacklisting. So get that thought out of your head. You may never know why you are not being rehired, but you cannot dwell on it. You get to a point where you simply have to let go and move on to a new job. Helen Keller once said, “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
If you have applied to other employers and are not getting interviews or job offers, know the job market for nurses is changing and is very competitive. Remember, if what you’re doing isn’t working, it’s time to try a new approach. So even though you’re not a new nurse, read this article to be sure you are doing all the right things to market yourself to other employers New nurse, new job strategies (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Strategies). You might also find this article helpful: Picking up the pieces of your career (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Pieces).
Be sure you are getting out to local nursing career fairs and nursing association meetings (even as a guest if not a member). Networking is known to be a great way to find a job, especially when facing obstacles. See what’s coming up (http://www.nurse.com/events/career-fairs).