Travel Physical Therapy Career Guide: Step 10 – Applying to travel PT companies

traveling physical therapists applying for jobs onlineNow that you have your paperwork in order and have done your research online to see what companies interest you, compared them to each other and matched that up with your goals, wants and needs for your travel physical therapy career, it is time to start applying with the top companies on your list.

Applying to travel therapy companies is usually done online, but you can also call in directly. In this step though, we will just look at applying online. We will cover calling in later in this Travel Physical Therapy Career Guide.

When you are applying online you basically have two choices.

  1. Apply to companies one at a time
  2. Use a company gateway site to apply to several companies at once

Both of these have their pros and cons, which we will cover next.

Applying to One Travel Physical Therapy Company at a Time

Pros

  • This method keeps you in more control of how many companies are contacting you and have your information.
  • This method also lets you be more selective in the companies you talk to.

Cons

  • When you apply to one company at a time it will be a lengthier process for the simple fact that you have to visit multiple sites and put the same information on each company’s website.
  • Another negative is that if none of the companies you talk to have a position you want or just don’t seem like a good fit, then you will have to broaden your search and start the process over again.

Using a Gateway Site to Apply to Several Travel Physical Therapy Companies at a Time

Pros

  • Using a gateway site can save you time since you can complete a lot of information in one sitting and depending on the site you use, submit it to the companies of your choice.
  • This option will save you the time of searching the Internet for companies to work with since they are all aggregated in these sites.

Cons

  • Applying to a gateway site all but ensures that you will be contacted by all the companies paying for the site’s services if they do not have a company select option
  • Gateway sites can also take longer to complete the required information than a travel physical therapy company’s website because their goal is to provide only the top matched candidates to the companies paying for the service.
  • You will receive a lot of calls from recruiters and marketing efforts from companies once your information is passed on

Some Travel Therapy Gateway Sites are:

Regardless of the option you choose, be prepared to be contacted almost immediately and regularly once your info is submitted.

One final bit of advice to make whatever option you choose easier is to be sure to set up and utilize your “AutoFill” Google toolbar. It will make completing a lot of the basic info requested in on online apps less repetitive to fill out since you can do it with the click of a button.

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What to do inbetween your travel physical therapy assignments

As a traveling therapist you are afforded the freedom many in the workforce will never get to experience. Typically those who work a perm position have to stick to a schedule and use paid time off to enjoy time away from the office. Traveling physical and occupational therapists on the other hand have many choices.

As a traveling therapist you are afforded the freedom many in the workforce will never get to experience. Typically those who work a perm position have to stick to a schedule and use paid time off to enjoy time away from the office. Traveling physical and occupational therapists on the other hand have many choices. As a travel physical therapist you have the option to work year-round and have options to plan on taking some much needed time off between assignments. There are of course times where you may want to keep working if  the location or assignment is what you desire. But if the situation arises, what are some things you can do until you start your next travel therapy job, that is if you choose to continue working as one?

Say you’ve been doing the travel physical therapy thing for a while, and maybe it’s time to settle down for a bit. Lucky you, there is the omnipresent  shortage of therapists all across the country and finding a permanent job shouldn’t be that difficult. Of course, it all matters where you’re living and what the demand may be in your area. Otherwise, you can pick up some temp jobs until you find the position you can tie yourself to.

If you can’t find the next travel therapy job you so desire right away, there are other things you can do to keep yourself busy. Most staffing agencies or at least the major players offer to pay for your continuing education classes to help you keep up to date with your profession. Do your research and see which companies offer these extra benefits.

Maybe you’re a little burnout and a little holiday is the prescription . Hopefully you have built up a little savings to allow you to take the much needed break. You’ve been all over, from big cities to small communities, but maybe you want to the rest of this great planet. Take a cruise, tour Asia, “Im going to Disneyland”, anything else but work! Take the time off and when you’re ready to rejoin the workforce, you’ll hopefully be refreshed and ready to do what you love, all over again.

Some of you though may not be comfortable with the idea of just sitting around doing not much of anything. As a therapist, it’s obvious you have a passion for caring, so why not choose to offer your services toward a worthy cause. As you know the earthquake in Haiti this past January stirred quite a response from the healthcare field and many nurses and other professionals traveled down to assist in any way possible, some were sent to help through organizations and others went on their own accord. Obviously, there is a need for this type of help all around the world and even in your own hometowns. Volunteering is a wonderful way to utilize your skills, expertise and compassion while away from your usual occupations. I’ve listed a few organizations in which you can sign up to volunteer for, either here in the United States or abroad.

Projects Abroad – Projects Abroad is the leading abroad volunteer organization. We offer a diverse range of international service projects, plus the opportunity to become part of one of our volunteer communities abroad.

Hands of Light In Action – a non-profit organization that is very simply focused on assisting people in need. 

Traveling therapists have so many choices when it comes to their vocation. You can work, or you can take advantage of the freedom and do what you want. Either way, being a travel therapsit will never limit you, the only limits those you put on oneself.

Guest Article: How Travel Physical Therapy Jobs Help Prepare PTs for Private Practice

Any job that encompasses travel is perceived to be glamorous, but unless you’ve really been on the move for the better part of your life, you will probably never understand the rigors and hardships that are hidden underneath every breathtaking location you’ve been to. The principle applies to a travelling physical therapist’s job as well – while it may seem desirable and exciting from the periphery, it involves a lot of hard work and a fair amount of instability in your life. But that’s notPhysical Therapist With Patient In Rehabilitation to say that travel physical therapy is all bad; in fact, there is so much that this line of work could teach you. It provides knowledge and information that is not readily available at steady therapy jobs, and because of this, travel physical therapists gain more experience in a relatively short span of time.

If you’re interested in becoming a traveling physical therapist, if you don’t mind travelling to new places for each new assignment, and if you want experience in a wide variety of aspects associated with physical therapy, then travel therapy is the field for you. It’s exciting if you look forward to seeing different places and working with different kinds of patients, it’s exhilarating if you don’t mind uprooting yourself on a regular basis and being unable to settle down in one place, and it’s profitable in the long run if you’re willing to put up with hardships in the short.

In general, travel therapy jobs help physical therapists who hope to set up their own private practice sometime in the future because:

  • They allow you to gain a vast amount of experience in a short period of time.
  • They allow you to work in different settings and gain an insight into how each healthcare environment is managed and administered.
  • They provide you with access to different kinds of patients; so besides gaining experience in all forms of therapy, you’re also able to choose from them and settle on one particular field that interests you the most. In short, choosing a specialization becomes an easier task when you’re a travel physical therapist.
  • They facilitate the process of making enough money to set up your own practice because they pay more than regular therapy jobs.
  • They allow you to decide on the location you want to set up your own practice; you can base your decision using the information you’ve gathered over the years relating to the flow of patients, the kind of payment they’re capable of, the nature of the work environment, the kind of licensing required by the State, and various other factors that you pick up over the course of your travelling assignments.

Setting up your own practice depends on a variety of factors – money, experience, and future prospects. If you’re a travel physical therapist, you’re able to gauge all these factors and make your decision accordingly.

Get deals where you are traveling as a PT

living social websiteIf you are a traveling Physical Therapist who has not heard of LivingSocial.comyet, it is definitely worth checking out.

It is simple, here is how it works:

  1. You sign up with your email address.
  2. LivingSocial.com sends you one deal each day with discounts of up to 90% at restaurants, bars, spas, theaters, and more in the city you are in.
  3. If you are interested, you set up your account and buy the deal and receive a link to your voucher the next day.
  4. Here is the catch, but it is a good one – if you share the deal with your friends and 3 other people buy it using the link you gave them, then your deal is free.

What a cool way to find and do fun stuff in the city your travel physical therapy assignment is in. Check it out.

Travel Physical Therapy Career Guide: Step 9 – Making sure your paperwork is in order

the three ducks isolatedThe next step in your traveling physical therapy career, even before you start applying online is to have all your ducks in a row and make sure your paper work is in order. Having this all organized and easily accessible is going to make the application process at travel physical therapy companies much easier.

The most common paperwork you will need includes copies of (although some companies may ask for more):

  • A current resume
  • Your PT License (if you don’t have one for the state you want to work in your company should help you get it and pay for it)
  • Any other special certifications needed for your clinical area (front and back)
  • Your BLS
  • Your Driver’s License
  • Your Social Security card (front and back) or passport
  • Two references from your supervisors at your most recent jobs
  • And all your immunization records, include the following:
    Health Statement (completed annually by a MD, PA, or NP)
    TB Skin Test Results OR Chest X-Ray (TB <1 year; Chest X-ray < 1 year)
    Hepatitis B (Vaccine Series (3), Titre, Booster (after titre) or Declination Form)
    Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (2 Childhood Vaccines, or Titres)
    Varicella (Titre or 2 Vaccines)
    (if you don’t have your immunizations or can’t find the documentation most companies will set it up for you)
  • A voided check to accompany your Direct Deposit information

It will be best if you have both paper copies and digital scans of all of these. If you don’t own a scanner you can go to the library or a FedEX/Kinkos, CopyMax or something similar to get them scanned.

After this initial organizing of your paperwork, take time once a year to update and keep it current with your experience.