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Career/Job Advice Thread

Discussion in 'Real Life Discussion' started by Rehio, Oct 21, 2018.

  1. Rehio

    Rehio Squib ~ Prestige ~ DLP Supporter

    Jan 1, 2007
    New Mexico
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    Alright, so, I need some advice. I didn't want to make an entire post dedicated to my issue, so I figure we could have a general Career Thread and I could just very subtly make my request the first post.

    I'm going to be finishing nursing school in December. If all goes according to plan, I should be licensed as a Registered Nurse within two weeks of 12/9. That means it's time to start sending my resume out to see if I can land a position as a Graduate Nurse. During clinicals I've seen plenty of newly graduated nurses who don't even have their license yet working and getting paid, so I know it's pretty common to get in as early as possible.

    So, my request: Anyone willing to give me some advice on my resume? While it's focused on Nursing, I figure there's probably some common themes that can be applied to resumes in general that I can improve on, and my cover letter isn't really something nursing specific.

    I'll send it over to anyone interested, just give me a holler.


    And with that - What're you working on Career-wise, DLP? We have a pretty large spread of people with a lot of experience around here that could probably help out a lot.
  2. Silirt

    Silirt Auror DLP Supporter

    Sep 19, 2018
    District of Columbia
    I can tell you what others have told me about resume writing if you post it. The truth is there's no secret of the perfect resume; you're just trying to communicate what you can do and what you've accomplished in an efficient manner.

    I'm interning at the EPA and currently working as a tutor for Chegg.
  3. Zerg_Lurker

    Zerg_Lurker Order Member DLP Supporter

    Apr 1, 2010
    A couple of close friends are RNs working at the hospital near the university where they completed their program, so they've recent, first hand knowledge of your experience. If you'd like, shoot me a pm and I can ping them on it.

    From what I understand, it's easier to get started at hospitals with lower acuity; it may be worth targeting those if you're pressed for time.

    Otherwise, heed advice above on resumes in general. Recruiter friend of mine stresses that it's a numbers game and sheer volume works in your favor.
  4. Shouldabeenadog

    Shouldabeenadog Auror

    Sep 3, 2010
    One thing that gets overlapped for new nurses is that the mentors and older nurses where you work will end up teaching you a lot of habits. Making sure where you go teaches you good habits gets you very far

    I'm a physician in California.
  5. Mordecai

    Mordecai Drunken Scotsman ~ Prestige ~ DLP Supporter

    Nov 11, 2005
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    Where am I now...not where I ever expected to end up! I'm a data protection and information security auditor for a government regulator. My main focus is GDPR and DPA 18, with a sideline in PECR and FOI.
  6. Johnnyseattle

    Johnnyseattle Headmaster DLP Supporter

    Oct 25, 2011
    I did 21 years in the US Navy, partially on submarines and partially in the intelligence field. Retired from that at 39, and I work for the Department of the Navy now, as a program/data analyst.

    Not the most glamorous of careers, but there's always someone that needs data, so it keeps me occupied.
  7. T3t

    T3t Purple Beast of DLP ~ Prestige ~ DLP Supporter

    Jan 21, 2011
    Los Angeles
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    Advice for software engineers working in the US (or who have the option):
    How to double (or more) your income: https://danluu.com/startup-tradeoffs/
    How to get the most out of your next job hunt: https://www.kalzumeus.com/2012/01/23/salary-negotiation/

    The second article is broadly applicable in fields where the demand for labor is sufficiently high that a skilled individual could get multiple offers on the market without too much trouble.

    I took the advice to heart myself during my last job hunt (just ended), saw that it was just about as easy as described (even outside Silicon Valley), and since then I've started mentoring a few people along these lines. Happy to answer any questions.
  8. Heleor

    Heleor EsperJones

    Mar 3, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I can confirm that working at one of the big-corps (especially outside of CA) is definitely worth it. While I didn't get mega-rich doing so, I'm definitely in a better position that I would have if I chose to move to the Bay Area for a startup. The work is incredibly interesting as well - while you definitely can get more breadth at a startup, very few approach the depth of experience and scales that you'd get. The package I have 8 years out of school targets $345k/yr (and for the last few years has been larger due to the stock market).

    (my team is hiring)
  9. Elly

    Elly Squib

    Nov 2, 2018
    Jobhunting is the worst - but don't let yourself be discouraged by rejections or worse - no answer at all.

    My advice would be to have you CV and your personal application separate from eachother and headline your CV with a short summary of the most important skills you can offer.

    Your actual application needs to be specific to the actual place you are seeking employment. Try to tweak each and every application with something that shows, that you have knowledge of the workplace and have read their add (if they had one) closely.

    Also, remember to focus on what you specifically have to offer and not on past experiences (that's what your CV is for).

    Lastly, don't be afraid to call or show up to get some advice from the people reading your application, that'll make you stand out and possibly be remembered.


    I myself work as a college professor here in Denmark, teaching politics and Danish Litterature.

    I hope the job hunt goes well!
  10. Perspicacity

    Perspicacity Destroyer of Worlds ~ Prestige ~ DLP Supporter DLP Gold Supporter

    Nov 27, 2007
    Where idiots are not legally permitted to vote
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    CVs become of limited value once they pass the 30 page mark. (I think my full CV, which I can't remember the last time I shared, is in excess of 100 pages; I almost always use an abridged version that's no more than 20 pages.) They're primarily of value for landing faculty or academic positions, though a link to one's Google Scholar page is arguably more useful and efficient. I expect CVs proper to be obsolete in a decade.

    Resumes are no longer than two pages (one is ideal) and their sole purpose is to land a candidate an interview.

    Cover letters should address specific job requirements and how the applicant satisfies them. Their purpose is to convince a hiring official that she should look at an applicant's resume.