Help Wanted: Not Qualified.

Finding a job – even as an RN – is tricky.  It’s something that I am at loss as to how to pursue.  Yesterday, I went to a hospital in person and stopped by the HR office.  I was informed that the application system is solely online, that there are no recruiters in the office, and that everything is automated – there is nothing personal about it.  I have contacted recruiters by phone.  I’ve sent in hundreds – if not thousands – of applications over the years.  However, it’s back to the drawing board.  A waiting game.  And so, I continue to apply, putting one step in front of the other, trudging blindly ahead.  And this is what I often read in my inbox:

“After careful consideration we have elected to pursue other applicants whose skills, abilities, and backgrounds seem to be a better fit for this position.”

“At the present time we are unable to place you for this position.”

“You will be contacted if you are being considered for an interview for this requisition.  We thank you for your interest…”  followed by “After careful consideration, we regret to inform you that you have not been selected…”

“We appreciate the time and effort you have invested in your application; however, you have not been selected to move forward in the hiring process.”

I don’t know how many rejections it takes to land a job.  I do know that employers are looking for things that are impossible for some of us to provide.

Friends of mine say to apply to jobs whether I qualify for them or not.  In today’s world, this option doesn’t work because immediately an email comes back saying that I don’t qualify for the position.  No one looks at it because the computer system screened you out.  Not only that, but the recruiters can be particular because there are always qualified personnel who are willing to do the job.  So, they ask for qualifications that only people within their organization – or unit – can qualify for.  Or, they’re asking for a minimum of 2 up to 5, 7, and even 10 years experience within a certain field of expertise.

According to Debra Wood, RN, of, it takes going to conferences, making connections with people (randomly and through contacts) as well as attending professional meetings, conferences, and career fairs.  It all seems easy, but it takes money to make money.  You have to find the social circles to meet people who will connect you with the right people – which means spending money in order to do so for food, suitable clothing, and whatever else is needed to promote yourself.  You need to have money to attend the conferences and professional meetings.  To be internet savvy also takes time, money, and expertise.  Then if you have that expertise, the job posting requirements list something else that disqualifies you for the position.

What is ironic is that we are encouraged to promote ourselves through ways that seems to be only able to be accomplished in person.  However, for all the employers I know, the only means to apply is thorough online. reports:  “It’s about how nurses present themselves,” said Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, a recognized career consultant and author ofThe Ultimate Career Guide for Nurses. “Employers are looking to hire someone with personality, good energy, a positive attitude, someone who presents as a professional with social savvy.”  I’m known as having these traits in person, but how the heck do I portray these on the computer screen?


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