Your next phase in the process of getting a travel physical therapy job is being interviewed. But first comes the waiting. For a lot of people waiting is an activity that causes a lot of anxiety, especially when you are dealing with the unknown and feel that there are things going on that are out of your control.
Add in the fact that you are waiting for a job interview and you can see how this process can lead to sweaty palms and nervousness. But that doesn’t have to be the case. The more you understand about the process and what is going on behind the scenes the less likely you will be nervous.
Dealing with lull in the travel physical therapy process
One of the first things to keep in mind is that while you may feel like there is a lull in the process for you after your recruiter submitted you to a job, there is actually a lot going on at the facility looking to hire you and the travel physical therapy company you are working with. The staff at the hospital or skilled nursing facility looking to hire you will be looking over your profile, which usually includes your resume, references and skills checklist to see if you are the best for the job and comparing you to the candidates submitted by other companies. That is why is it is important to have a great profile that will stand out from the competition.
Behind the scenes in the travel physical therapy process
Meanwhile, your recruiter will be checking in with the facility and trying to convince them that you are the best candidate for their job. The facility will want to make sure you not only have the basic clinical expertise the job requires, but that you also will be a good fit in their culture. Being a good fit is one of the best ways to ensure success as a traveler so be honset with your recruiter during the whole process so that they are able to sell you without overselling you and setting you and the facility up for unmet expectations.
Factors out of your control in the travel physical therapy process
Several factors play a role in how the hospital or SNF will evaluate your profile and make their hiring decision. These include:
- How large the facility is
- How they work with travel physical therapy companies (directly or VMS)
- How many companies they work with
Size of the Facility
The size of the facility determines if a staffing professional is the first one to see your profile or if it is a department manager. The larger and busier facilities will most likely have a staffing liaison who will work with the manager of the rehab unit to set up criteria that will determine which profiles get passed on to them. In smaller facilities this step will be skipped and the unit manager will get the profiles straight from the staffing agency. Either way you can see why it is important to have a great profile and recruiter helping you along the way.
VMS or Not
We will save a complete discussion of how Vendor Management Systems (VMS) affects your search for a travel PT job for a later date. But the basics of it that you need to know at this point are that whether or not the hospital or facility works with a VMS can impact your job search. This is because depending on the type of VMS, the ability for the travel physical therapy company to contact the facility may be limited. However, if your company does not work with a VMS they will have more ability to directly contact the hospital or SNF on your behalf.
Number of Companies
The final factor that affects how your profile is evaluated is how many companies the hospital or SNF works with. This just goes to the basic odds game. The more companies means the more candidates you are competing with and vice-versa.
Really, all three of these factors are out of your hands but it is good for you to understand each of them so you know how the process works, which will make waiting for the job interview a little stressful.
The next step in the travel physical therapy process
But this is no time to just sit around waiting. You need to start preparing for the phone interview, which we will cover in the next step in the Travel Physical Therapy Career Guide.