Summertime and the job search can be easy.

Wouldn’t it be nice to sit back and relax this summer, soaking up the rays of the sun, gathering with friends and family for BBQ’s and the like? Yeah sure, if you had a job! Life would be much easier during these summer days knowing you’re in a job that is secure. So what do you do if aren’t fortunate enough to be in this position?

Wouldn’t it be nice to sit back and relax this summer, soaking up the rays of the sun, gathering with friends and family for BBQ’s and the like? Yeah sure, if you had a job! Life would be much easier during these summer days knowing you’re in a job that is secure. So what do you do if aren’t fortunate enough to be in this position?

Travel Therapy Job Search
Use your summer to find a job, not seashells.

Some job seekers may think that since it’s summertime, the chance of finding work may be slim due to vacations and breaks from those who make staffing decisions, and in turn will take a break from the job search. The days of long vacations are gone and many companies operate the same, no matter what time of year. Sure, people still take vacations and the application process could take a little longer than normal, but there’s no sense in stopping your search and waiting through the three months of summer. Now is the time! You never know, summer could be the time when facilities are gearing up for the fall and winter, so it’s best to a step forward.

Take advantage of summer activities with friends and family. You can meet so many different people during all the weddings, BBQ’s, get-togethers and so forth, so it’s the perfect time to network. Let it be known that you’re looking for work and who knows, you just might get a lead or two.

Even though it can take a little more work during the summer months to find that job, don’t give up. Be persistent and stay positive. It’s easy to fall into the trap of being lazy, so do what you can and keep to a schedule, even if you take an hour out of your day. Remember to leave polite messages with whomever you call. Everyone at that faciltiy is entitled to a break, even receptionists and on their return, they’ll be more apt to relay a nice message as opposed to one who is obviously annoyed that they haven’t been contacted. Even so, you even might get through to the hard to reach hiring manager since their assistant is away. You could now be a couple steps ahead of your competition as they wait it out through the summer.

Make use of your downtime and make sure you have everything in order from your licenses, resume and other pertinent information. Update your resume if you’ve accomplished anything as of late. Keep up to date with your skills and enroll in a couple classes if you must and while you’re there, network with other classmates. Perhaps they know of opportunities that may be well suited for you but not for them.

It’s summertime and living can be easy… Just take note of the suggestions above and before you know it, you could land that perfect job before fall arrives.

What to expect as a new grad moving into a travel physical therapy career

s a physical therapist new grad or one approaching graduation in the coming year you may find your friends and family starting to ask a lot of questions. Questions like:

  • Where you are going to work?
  • How much are you going to make?
  • What do you want to focus on?
  • How are you going to pay off your school loans?

If you are facing similar questions, I came across a great article from a physical therapist after his first year as a travel PT that you may find helpful. He had similar questions before he started down his career path, so if you are considering a career in travel physical therapy yourself it is definitely worth reading. You can find it here.

Here are some of the highlights:

Before you start you will need to:

  • Be prepared to be met with skepticism from professors concerning the experience and environment they think are needed for new grads
  • Keep an open mind to their warnings, but also to the possibilities of a travel career
  • You will realize the benefits of a traveling physical therapy are great for new grads
  • Be prepared with questions be afraid to ask them of the travel physical therapy companies, it is your career we’re talking about

After you start you will:

  • Learn that a travel PT career allows for great control over your post education education (the stuff you learn that they don’t teach you in school)
  • Realize that the risks everyone warned you about probably won’t happen
  • Have the ability to control your environment much better than a single job lets you
  • Be exposed to different management and clinical operation strategies making you a more well rounded therapist
  • Find that a travel physical therapy job offers great compensation thanks to high starting salary, real hourly pay and tax-free housing and living allowances, which means you can pay down your student loans faster
  • Get great benefits including health and dental insurance, as well as access to a company 401k plans
  • Enjoy the chance to take 1-2 week breaks between assignments made even more possible by high pay

So give the article a read and remember there are tons of opportunities out there to begin your physical therapy career.

Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature.

Einstein said it best, “I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.” I’m guessing many of you have done various things on your own and what you experienced could never be the same had others been along. Sometimes it is best to go it alone. Not everyone is comfortable with doing so and that’s what makes being a traveling therapist a unique occupation. To be content with being by yourself doesn’t necessarily mean keeping yourself occupied constantly. No, what you should be thinking is how to make the most of your time and your time alone.

Einstein said it best, “I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.”  I’m guessing many of you have done various things on your own and what you experienced could never be the same had others been along. Sometimes it is best to go it alone. Not everyone is comfortable with doing so and that’s what makes being a traveling therapist a unique occupation. To be content with being by yourself doesn’t necessarily mean keeping yourself occupied constantly. No, what you should be thinking is how to make the most of your time and your time alone.

It may seem difficult to couple all the things you usually do with at least one other person as something you could do by yourself. If you’ve never done it, you really should, it can be quite refreshing.  While on your next traveling therapy assignment you should try going to a concert or  a movie alone. Buying a single ticket to a show can really pay off. The possibility of finding a seat up close is far greater than trying to get 2 or more in the same vicinity and while at the show you can sing along to your heart’s content and be “that person.” Go ahead, no one knows you!

How about a little self-improvement? Learn a new language, tutor someone, volunteer at a local charity. You’re bound to learn something, we don’t have all the answers and we each see the world in a different light. Why not change your view? Whatever it is you pick, just do it for yourself. Think of this quote, “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?” Hmmmm? Maybe you want to get in better shape? Join a local gym, strap on those headphones, hop on a treadmill and lose yourself while you lose those pesky pounds. Don’t like to run, go for a dip. If you’re lucky enough to be located in a coastal area with pleasant waters, I would suggest swimming in one of the biggest pools Earth has to offer! Then lay yourself on the beach and soak up the sun… I better stop there. I’ve got cabin fever!

Another great thing to do alone is driving. Get yourself familiar with your new location and hit the road. See what’s available in the surrounding areas and take yourself a little day trip. Pump up the stereo, hit the gas and go! There’s nothing quite like having the windows down, hair blowing, tunes blaring and the unknown straight ahead.

Of course you don’t even have to leave the house to enjoy the company of yourself. Again you can seek out more things for the betterment of you. Take some continuing education classes or take on a subject you’ve always had great interest in. “Yan can cook and you can too!” If you’re not a good cook, get better. Experiment with new dishes. You can obviously read, so grab a cookbook (maybe even a locally published one?) and start following directions. Once you start getting a feel for certain recipes you can begin to tweak them and make them your own. Now you’re cookin’!

It’s your time, it’s your choice. There’s no one else who can tell you what to do, which means there’s no limit to the things you can do! Use your time alone the way you want to. Doing anything alone will never replace that of the company of friends and family but it will give you a better sense of yourself and your (un)limitations. Give it shot, you just might like it.

If you have other ideas and activities to do by yourself, please share them below in our comment section.

Bring Your Best Four Legged Friend With You On Your Next Assignment

Did you know that there are over 46 million households with at least one pooch at home? That’s around 72 million dogs in total and according to a recently released pet census from the American Veterinary Medical Association, cats still greatly outnumber dogs as pets, with 82 million felines, up from 71 million in 2001. Our total pet population has reached a record high of just over 282 million pets. Nearly 60% of all home have one pet with 21% having five or more. So what do these stats tell you? America loves their pets and who wouldn’t? Did you see the face of the pooch in the picture for this post?

Did you know that there are over 46 million households with at least one pooch at home? That’s around 72 million dogs in total and according to a recently released pet census from the American Veterinary Medical Association, cats still greatly outnumber dogs as pets, with 82 million felines, up from 71 million in 2001.  Our total pet population has reached a record high of just over 282 million pets. Nearly 60% of all home have one pet with 21% having five or more. So what do these stats tell you? America loves their pets and who wouldn’t? Did you see the face of the pooch in the picture for this post?

So you’re thinking of taking your professional skills on the road and accepting a traveling therapy job but you’re afraid you can’t take furry four legged friend with you. There’s no way you’d leave them behind and why would you? There’s no reason to leave your pets behind if you want to take a travel therapy job. If you are working with the right agency, you’ll find that there are many options open to you as a therapist and pet owner, and some staffing companies even offer pet insurance.

There are a few things you might want to consider while traveling with your pets before accepting that next short-term contract job. First off you want to make sure you have addressed the fact that you want your pet to come along with you on assignment. When looking at your options, consider the best cities for pets, especially dogs. Have you heard of DogFriendly.com? Check out the site and come back to it often; it provides highway guides, rest stop and park reviews, outdoor dining info and more—all with dog accompanied travelers in mind. Some things you might want to think about before choosing your next location is:

  • The city should be welcoming of dogs on public transportation
  • The city should not unreasonably regulate dogs if they are leashed
  • The city should have a wide variety of vets to choose from
  • The city should feature parks, open to the public and ideal for dogs to roam

Once you’ve figured out where you want to go, your recruiter will then look into finding you housing (unless you choose to take the per diem) that is accommodating to pets, whether they’re cats, dogs, fish or a snake (ooooo!). Finding your next travel therapy job shouldn’t be so ruff! It’s a fairly simple process and again, most staffing agencies are more than willing to work with you in finding you the ideal job location for you and your pets.

Guest Author: Shannon Wills – Opportunities for Travel Physical Therapists

It’s a great career if you love to travel, see new places and meet new people, but you must be prepared to go where the job takes you when you’re a travel physical therapists. Your job description is the same in that you’re still involved in providing therapy for people who are recovering from an illness or injury, but there’s a small difference. You don’t put down roots in one place; instead, you travel to wherever opportunities beckon from. The US Department of Labor says that the demand for physical therapy jobs is bound to grow by 27 percent until the year 2016, so if you are inclined to pursue this line of work, it’s the best time to do so.

When you choose to become a travel therapist, you probably will be worried about regular work; it’s more like freelancing where you move from one assignment to the other. If you sign up with an agency that connects therapists and patients, you don’t have to think too much about what your next assignment will be. The agency takes care of your housing needs and your travel expenses, and also lines up your next job when this one is drawing to a close.

Choose your agency with care based on its reputation and references from other therapists who have signed up with them. If the company has a dubious reputation, you’re likely to be cheated out of your money or find yourself stuck in a strange place with no job or money. Talk to other therapists who find work through the agency and make your decision accordingly.travel physical therapist and friend enjoying the mountain air

Travel therapy jobs are great because they can pay 10 to 15 percent more than regular therapy jobs, so if you love to travel and see different places, you’re actually getting paid more for free holidays. Besides, you also get a referral bonus when people you refer sign on with the agency too. However, you must ensure that you read and understand the agency’s terms and conditions correctly before you sign on and before you recommend it to others.

One of the downsides of travel therapy is that you don’t find time to put down roots or form solid relationships with people you want to know better. But on the other side of the coin, your network of associates and friends is wide and your resume looks great because of all the experience you gain when you work in different kinds of settings and with different people.

As a travel physical therapist, you will find work in hospitals and other healthcare settings like nursing homes and private clinics, or be asked to work on a personal level with patients who need homecare. Either way, your assignment will match your skills and qualifications, so if you keep updating your abilities, your subsequent assignments will appreciate your efforts in monetary terms.

It’s an exciting job, but be prepared to spend much of your time traveling from place to place and living out of a suitcase because a typical assignment could take from 13 to 26 weeks. Most travel physical therapists are provided with medical benefits, 401(k)s, and other incentives.

By-line: This article is written by Shannon Wills, who writes on the topic of Physical Therapist Assistant Schools. She welcomes your comments at her email id : shannonwills23@gmail.com .

Travel Physical Therapy Career Guide: Step 6 – Finding Your Travel Therapy Recruiter.

One of the most important things you are going to do during your travel therapy career is build a relationship with a recruiter. A good recruiter is going to be your guide through this process and someone you can rely on to help you through any rough patches you may go through during your travel therapy job. They should:

  • feel like your friendtravel therapy recruiter
  • be knowledgeable resource about the industry 
  • be easily accessible, especially if you are new to your travel therapy career

But if you are a more experienced travel therapist you may feel that you have enough experience dealing with the ins and outs of the travel therapy process, like state certifications or setting up housing, and not need to rely on your recruiter as much.

No matter which relationship level you prefer it helps to know ahead of time when you are talking to different travel therapy companies how they are structured so you will  know what kind of relationship is possible. Some travel therapy agencies are built location first while others are built relationship first.

What does that mean? If the company is built location first then the recruiters will be internally structured to assigned states, which means that depending on what you state you want in a travel therapy job who your recruiter is may change based on that. This set up usually means that your recruiter will also be the one contacting the hospitals, skilled nursing facilities or home health companies on your behalf. Which can have some advantages, but also means they will have less time to devote to you.

However, if  the company is built relationship first you will be assigned a recruiter who will be with you through your entire time with them. This structure means that the company is probably split in some form between recruiters and a client manager who deals with the healthcarefacilities, homehelath providers, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. This lets the recruiters focus on you and not have to do two different jobs.

This is definitely an area to look into when you choose your travel therapy company and recruiter.