Hello. I graduated from nursing school in May of this year and obtained my license. Since then, I have applied everywhere and no one has called me =[. I did end up finding a position in a detox center, but only because I know the director. It is per diem, and just something for now while I try to get into where I really want. My utmost passion is obstetrical nursing. I love caring for women and newborns. There is a local hospital that specializes in this, but they hire very infrequently...they are open to new grads though, so that shouldn't be a problem. I have applied once when a position opened up, but did not get called. Other than that, there is another local hospital in which I would love to work. They are always hiring, but every time I apply I never get a call.
My resume is really good and straight forward. However, I am completely lost as far as the cover letters go. I made really descriptive ones for both of the hospitals I am interested in... and maybe that is where I went wrong. They were very wordy and my mom thought they were just too much. Her and I went over them this weekend and really chopped them down.. but now I feel like they are just run of the mill I guess. I really wanted to accentuate how good I did in school, but in the cover letter to the hosp that specializes in OB, I really don't know where to fit it in.
I just wish there were straight forward answers as far as what to put in, what to leave out...etc. It just seems like you are taking a risk when writing a cover letter...as in, is it going to get your entire application thrown in the trash can? I am going to post my current two cover letters below and I would GREATLY appreciate it if someone had any advice or tips on how to enhance them, and to hopefully get myself a job. THANK YOU!!!