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New Grad MT Can't Find Work [Aug. 31st, 2010|11:32 am]
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I graduated in May but I'm having trouble finding a job. I've applied to dozens of openings but no offers. My program was accredited, I have laboratory experience and yet no one will give me a chance. I don't get it!

I'm scheduled to take the ASCP exam in November. Could that be affecting my chances even though the jobs I'm applying to only require you to be eligible? Any other new grads out there struggling to find work? Am I missing something? I'm in central Maryland if that makes a difference.

[User Picture]From: salexa
2010-08-31 04:12 pm (UTC)
Some things to think about.

1) The economy is hitting the hospitals as well. Hiring freezes and mergers are not uncommon, and mergers often mean layoffs. If your area has been particularly hard hit, you could be continually being bypassed for techs with experience.

2) Are you looking at all shifts and all departments? New grads will often need to take less desirable jobs to "get in".

3) Being ASCP eligible should not be affecting your chances unless there are more experienced people out there.

4) You may want to have someone look at your references and your resume to make sure that they say what you really want them to say.

Through the country there is actually a shortage of applicants due to the nature of the field and the closing of many schools over the years. If you continually can't find anything where you are, you may want to do some research and long-distance applying to see if you can get a job somewhere else.
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[User Picture]From: swandie27
2010-08-31 08:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks for replying.

1. That definitely makes sense although there is one place that has many MT openings. Maybe they don't have the money to fill them right away?

2. Originally, I had been avoiding night positions but I'm definitely more open to applying for those now.

3. That's good to know. I was beginning to think that I should give up until I pass.

4. I just recently changed my resume format at the insistence of a relative who's in HR.

I've been recently checking around for jobs on the other side of my state as well as neighboring states. I haven't applied to any of them but I will if I'm still jobless after September.
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[User Picture]From: apotropaic
2010-09-01 05:05 am (UTC)
Did you do any clinical rotations as a student? Almost everyone I went to school with took positions at the hospitals they did their rotations at.
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[User Picture]From: swandie27
2010-09-01 02:32 pm (UTC)
I had a semester of rotations. I would have taken a job at that hospital (they were most definitely offering) but I moved back home in hopes of saving some money and paying down my student loans.
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From: markpitter
2010-12-02 11:58 am (UTC)

you need some more degree

I think you need some more degree, it will give a strength to your resume also a confidence to you,. You can buy University Degree within few days. And again try for your job. Good luck
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