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.

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.

On an assignment is no time to get ill.

No, we’re not talking about the Beastie Boys, we are talking about your health and well being. As a traveling therapist you are well aware of that certain something that it takes to be a successful traveler. You must have the right personality to be able to jump right in and be confident in your skills, no matter where you are. You must be able to adapt quickly, for many surprises can arise… And one that most therapists are never ready for are illnesses and being away from home can make the situation seem much worse. You’re not able to enjoy the comforts of your home like you’re use to and to make matters worse, you may not have anyone available to you to look in on you or bring you anything you may need from the pharmacy or store, for like say some Hawaiian Punch (it’s not a sick day without it)!

No, we’re not talking about the Beastie Boys, we are talking about your health and well being. As a traveling therapist you are well aware of that certain something that it takes to be a successful traveler. You must have the right personality to be able to jump right in and be confident in your skills, no matter where you are. You must be able to adapt quickly, for many surprises can arise… And one that most therapists are never ready for are illnesses and being away from home can make the situation seem much worse. You’re not able to enjoy the comforts of your home like you’re use to and to make matters worse, you may not have anyone available to you to look in on you or bring you anything you may need from the pharmacy or store, for like say some Hawaiian Punch (it’s not a sick day without it)! So what are some things you can do to prevent yourself from getting sick while on the job? Here are a few suggestions:

  • There are many things you need to do prior to leaving and a lot of time people forget to prepare themselves and their bodies as well. Packing, paperwork and all the various things you need to do before you leave can be taxing on the mind and body, so be sure and get plenty of rest leading up to your departure, this will help you stay energized, and ready and able to adjust to your new schedule .
  • Try and stick to your normal routine. If you exercise for instance, keep the same schedule so that you’re not shocking your body. This too can lead to unneeded stress.
  • Here’s an easy one. Wash your hands! Use hand sanitizers too!
  • If you’re on any medications, bring them along with you and make sure you are connected to a pharmacy with a nationwide network in case you need them filled at any time during your traveling assignment.
  • Make sure you have your recruiters contact information handy at all times. In the unfortunate event of an emergency they can be contacted and relay your health insurance information and any other pertinent information needed so that you will receive the proper care. Also, always have your other emergency contacts with you – just in case.

If you so happen to be employed at a hospital, it should be fairly easy to get the care you need.  If not and you’re not sure where to turn there are a number of resources you can use to find the medical attention that you need. If you’re so sick and can’t get there by yourself you can use an in-home doctor service like InnHouseDoctor, Physician Finders at WebMD and  Find A Doc. My wish is that you never have to use these services or seek any medical attention while out enjoying the experiences of being a traveling therapist… but you just never know, so being prepared can never hurt. Good luck out there and safe travels to you all.

If you have any other suggestions for those on the road seeking medical advice or care, please share them in our comment section below.

There’s No Need To Go It Alone, Take the Clan With You

The possibilities are endless with a traveling therapy career and having your family along with you can easily be a part of it. With limitless locations to choose from, experiences a plenty and the rewards that are constant, it would be a shame not to share that with the ones you are closest with, your immediate family. Relocating with the entire family, including any pets you have may seem like a chore, but working with the right staffing agency can prove you wrong. When it comes to traveling with your loved ones an attentive traveling allied health agency will ask you what is most important to you and your family, like the best schools in the area, what locales are best for raising a family and so on.By relaying to your recruiter what priorities you have for your family and moving will insure a pleasurable experience to be had by all.

The possibilities are endless with a traveling therapy career and having your family along with you can easily be a part of it. With limitless locations to choose from, experiences a plenty and the rewards that are constant, it would be a shame not to share that with the ones you are closest with, your immediate family. Relocating with the entire family, including any pets you have may seem like a chore, but working with the right staffing agency can prove you wrong.  When it comes to traveling with your loved ones an attentive traveling allied health agency will ask you what is most important to you and your family, like the best schools in the area, what locales are best for raising a family and so on. By relaying to your recruiter what priorities you have for your family and moving will insure a pleasurable experience to be had by all.

Wherever it is you choose to go with your travel therapy career, a great staffing agency will suggest a number of locations that will fill the needs of you and your family. Whether you want to venture across the country or just a few hours from your present home, your recruiter should be able to find exactly what you wish for.  One of the many benefits associated with a traveling therapy career is the paid private housing. You can either let your agency find your next home with enough room for everyone at a discount since most agencies will only pay for your own living quarters,  or use the housing stipend which you could apply to locating your own housing to accommodate your entire family.

While most travel therapy assignments usually will last at least 13 weeks with the probability of an extension or two; bringing the whole family along is more possible than you originally thought. On an extended assignment, your kids could continue their schooling by placing them in local schools or if your assignment is shorter, there is always the option of home schooling. If you and your spouse are both traveling therapists, you could adjust your schedules  so there’s a parent always present and you could trade times in providing the teaching or at least be the mode of transportation. With a traveling therapy job there’s always an option. Having a family with kids and pets should never be a deterrent from pursing a rewarding career in travel therapy.

Can you just imagine the benefits of exposing your children to the many different people and places across the nation?  It’s as if your job has become a working vacation for all those involved! I remember all the road trips my dad I took together and can say it was most memorable and am glad we got to be up close and personal with our experiences rather than just hopping on a plane and getting to the next destination. There’s a little lost in those types of adventures. Wouldn’t you like your children to look back and think that they’ve grown into the person they are because of all the people and places they got to meet and see for themselves? I think so.

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.

Therapists, reach out and help in Haiti.

If ever there was a time for the global community to come together, it is now. As you are all well aware, the country of Haiti was literally shaken to its core from a massive earthquake and the aftermath that has left behind a land and its people in shambles. The response from around the world has been great and I hope that it continues for some time, as the country will need a tremendous amount of help to get it back to some sort of normalcy. As therapists, caring for others is not only your job but a way of life, a life you’ve chosen to make a difference in peoples lives.

If ever there was a time for the global community to come together, it is now. As you are all well aware, the country of Haiti was literally shaken to its core from a massive earthquake and the aftermath has left behind a land and its people in shambles. The response from around the world has been great and I hope that it continues for some time, as the country will need a tremendous amount of help to get it back to some sort of normalcy. As therapists, caring for others is not only your job but a way of life, a life you’ve chosen to make a difference in peoples lives.

It comes to no surprise that therapists and rehab specialists from all over are seeking out ways to help and at this time it seems as though the need for them has been stymied by the inability of reaching the country of Haiti in time. There are a number of relief efforts being organized from governed nations to the local Girl Scout troops, all of which are mostly raising funds to help. The donation of goods and labor are put on hold for now and what organizers feel would be best is that of cash funding. There will undoubtedly come a time when your expertise will be of great need, but for the time being please just give what you can by way of monetary donations. Check out the Haitian Relief Effort: How You Can Help section at APTA.org for organizations that are gathering funds to send on to Haiti.

Check out the blog Moving Forward where Chuck Gulas, PT has documented his experiences in the earthquake ravished island of Haiti.

The organization Health Volunteers Overseas is seeking out 15 Physical and Occupational therapy volunteers. The details of who they are seeking out are available here.

There are of course the usual relief outlets like the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, etc. that will have more information in ways in which you can help. If you know of any other organizations and causes that have formed to help with relief in Haiti, please post them in the comment section below. Thank you and God bless.