Leaving your home for any extended period of time can be maddening. There’s so much you have to prepare in order to hit the road and if you plan on making the traveling aspect part of your career there are things you should know. Like what to pack and what can be left behind. Sure you want to make your new temporary homes feel like home, but you can only take so much with you. So what do you take? Medical Solutions has a couple articles, Packing Your Belongings & Packing Your Belongings – Part II pertaining to just that, thought it’s geared towards travel nurses the same can be applied to your situation.
There are so many ways to connect with people today. There’s all the social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn and on and on. There’s snail mail and there’s email. The telephone now fits in your pocket as opposed to being on the wall in the kitchen with a cord that’s been stretched to lengths not thought possible. You have blogs, vlogs and logs. You can make “friends” without leaving the comforts of your home. Yes, the 21st century is social while being anti-social.
It’s never been easier to communicate with family and friends. With all the new “smart” phones available like the iPhone & Blackberry, you can basically do most things once thought only available on a desktop or laptop computer. It’s also a good idea to have one of these phones or just a basic cell phone for saftey sake, because you just never know. You can now access many of these social networking sites via applications on your phone. So you can tell everyone “what’s on your mind” or give a tweet in 140 characters or less. It’s all very easy to keep up.
So even though you’re no where near home, you can still feel like you’re in the know while on assignment as a traveling therapist. Log on to your favorite social networking site and check out there mobile offerings and soon you can get updates 24/7 straight to your pocket!
As you become accustomed to the short-term contract way of life you will quickly realize how little time you have to make friends and acquaintances. Each destination presents itself with the wonderful opportunity of meeting new people and learning about all sorts of different backgrounds, cultures and what not. You should welcome these times with open arms because therein lies some great chances to share experiences and so forth, plus you just might learn something! Here are some tips on how to make your transistions from assignment to assignment easier:
- Be Open Minded – As you move from city to city you’ll quickly notice differences between them all and with the people who live there will be no different. You’ll see all walks of life and you should relish in the fact that we are all one-of-a-kind. Most likely there will be some things that are just like home, and there will also be a few that are unique to the area. Just because you’re not used to way things are done in your new location doesn’t mean that it’s the wrong way. Keep an open mind, you may just learn how to accomplish something you never knew how. Remember you’re the new one and the others are getting use to you as well, you don’t want to make any waves just yet.
- Something in Common – You already have something in common with your colleagues, you all work together. That’s easy. Now try and find something else outside of work that you may share an interest in. There’s movies, music, art, food… The list can go on and on. Finding those few things you share can take your working relationships to a whole new level and best of all you probably will have gained a friend or two!
- Be Yourself – You’ve heard it time and time again, but it is by far the best thing to do. Not only are your colleagues new to you, you are new to them and they need time to get acquainted with you and your ways. Let them see the true you.
- Remember Names – By remembering who these people are and calling them by their names is a great way to show respect and it shows that you have an expressed interest in them. It’s also a great way to make a good impression!
Hopefully these tips will help you grow many fruitful relationships with your peers and the like. It will make the time on your assignment a far better experience for all those involved and will hopefully result in friendships that will last a lifetime!
If you are new to the idea of taking on short-term contract positions as a “traveler,” you probably still have a lot to learn about the industry and how it works, more importantly how it can work for you. We’re all looking for that picture perfect job and we know it’s out there, but it’s not going to fall in your lap, you’re going to have to be a bit proactive in achieving this goal. In the healthcare staffing business there are many variables that come into play when seeking out a certain position as a PT, OT, or whatever thearapist job you may be looking for. As with anything in life, you will get out what you put in.
Here are a few pointers to get you started in the right direction to a successful short-term assignment.
- Always be Prepared – Have all the necessary paperwork, licensures and other credentials up to date and ready to present at any given moment.
- Always be Aware – Only you know where you want to go and communication with your Career Consultant is key. Your recruiter is there to help you get the most out of every assignment you take on and telling them ahead of time of what it is you are looking for will help you both be successful.
- Time Management – Be sure you have thought of how long you’d like to be away from home and make sure that you alert your Career Consultant about this detail so that they may find you another position or extend your current contract.
- Keep it Real – Short-term contract staffing can be lucrative for the therapist, but you have to keep your pocketbook expectations in reality. Some jobs do pay more than others, but you have to remember – the locale, the setting… All of that plays into your paycheck. Everything comes with a price.
- The 411 – Before you sign anything and I mean anything, do yourself a favor and make sure to read everything that is on your contract. You have to know what you’re getting into. If you have any sort of question, ask your recruiter for an explanation. The more you know… The better chance you’ll find what you’re looking for.
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