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.

Go for a run during your next travel PT job

traveling pt jumping on the beachIf you are like me and don’t feel like you have visited somewhere until you ran there or just love to run during your travel physical therapy assignments then MapMyRun.com is for you. This robust site for runners (with sister sites for hikers, cyclists, triathletes, mountain climbers and walkers) offers some great tools for the traveling runner.

It has tons of great features, but for traveling PTs one of the places to start is the “search for run” tool which is super easy to use, just input your city and voila mapped out runs with distances and descriptions. These runs are submitted by users like you, so when you discover a great route while out for a run during your next assignment join the community and share it with others.

Some of the tools available to all visitors of the site (without sigining up)  include:

  • Run look-up
  • An event look-up
  • A community forum

You get a lot more if you sign up for a free account, but you do have to put up with ads if you don’t sign up for a premium account, which costs $5.99 a month or $29.88 a year for the Bronze membership, $11.98 a month or $59.88 a year for the Silver membership or $19.99 a month or $99.96 a year for the Gold Membership. However, if you are big into your running and workouts then it is probably worth it.

Some of the other tools available to members of the site include (vary based on membership level):

  • Workout History Archive
  • Workout Reports
  • Unlimited Mapping of your Runs
  • Elevation Charting
  • Gear Tracker
  • Groups
  • Leaderboard
  • Goals & Challenges
  • New Blackberry App
  • Printed Maps
  • Training PlansPartner
  • Virtual Event Discounts
  • Virtual MapMyFitness Events
  • Store Discounts

Some other cool stuff I saw offered on MapMyRun.com are:

  • Import from Garmin – Import Map / Route Data right from your Garmin GPS Device.
  • Nike+ Integration – Download your Nike+ Workouts right into your Training Log.
  • Polar HRM Integration – Download your Polar HR Workouts right into your Training Log.
  • Facebook App – We are building out our Social Apps: Facebook, Google Gadgets.

Signing up is simple and asks for:

  • Basic info (gender, email, age, etc.)
  • Fitness info, height, weight, resting heart rate,
  • Starting location (which becomes the default starting point for your runs, but you can change it anytime
  • Privacy options
  • Newsletter Sign Up
  • Sign up for discounts and promotions

Don’t forget to check out their Facebook and Twitter profiles too. They also have a new site cooming soon too, that looks like it will be a little cleaner and more intuitive.

So before you head out on the first run of your new travel PT assignment check MapMyRun.com out first.

foursquare.com is a great tool for traveling PTs

foursquare is a great site for traveling ptsDo you want a fun, and slightly addictive, way to tell your friends and family what you are up to during your travel physical therapy assignment? If you have a smart phone, then give foursquare a try. If you don’t have a smart phone (iPhone, Google Android, BlackBerry or Palm) then you can text your location or use a laptop too, but I don’t think you will get the same experience out of it.

foursquare is a combination of a friend-finder, a social city-guide and a game where you are rewarded for being interesting and doing interesting things. Their goal is help you keep up with the places your friends go and encourage you to explore new places.

The premise is simple:

Go somewhere cool? Check in.
Go somewhere new? Check in.
Go somewhere often? Check in.
Go somewhere popular? Check in.
Go somewhere late at night? Check in.

When you do those or similar things you earn badges and then you can brag. Go somewhere enough and you can be the “Mayor” and who doesn’t want to be Mayor. In bigger cities where foursquare is catching on a lot of business are starting to offer discounts to foursquare users and even special customer status to “Mayors”.

And if you are kind of a nerd then you will enjoy the detailed stats that measure things like:

  • Days checked in
  • Number of checkins
  • Avg checkins when out
  • % of checkins at new places
  • New places discovered
  • Distribution by day of week
  • Distribution by day
  • Top friends 
  • Number of different friends you’ve checked in with
  • Most frequented venues 
  • Number of different venues visited
  • Most frequented cities  mayorships 

You can not only check in and let your friends know where you are or have been, but you can also give them tips about the locations you have been to. You can of course check on their locations too if they are sharing them.

If you come across a location that is not already in the foursquare database, don’t worry you can add it.

You can even follow brands (like the ones below) and find new cool things to do or places to eat.

Bravo
Bravo
ZAGAT
ZAGAT
VH1
VH1
Lucky M.
Lucky M.
Thrillist
Thrillist
The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal
Bon Appetit Magazine
Bon Appetit Magazine
HISTORY Channel
HISTORY Channel

Set up is super easy too.

First you build an account by giving some basic information name, email, gender, age, etc, phone number. After your account is set up it asks you if you want to look through your Facebook profile or Twitter account for friends or followers that may already be using foursquare. Then it gives you the chance to invite any friends and followers you have who aren’t to join you, you can also send people an email that asks them to join you. Then when you’re done it gives you the chance to connect with your Facebook page or Twitter account if you have so they are all synced up.

And if you are a private person, there are privacy options you can turn on to limit what see people see of your check-ins. And deleting your account is easy too.

What is cool about foursquare for travel physical therapists is that you can get badges all over the country. It could be a really fun way to look back over a year or two of traveling and see where you’ve gone, who you met etc. Take a look and let us know what you think.

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.