Strangers are friends you have yet to meet – Part II

Last week I gave suggestions on the best ways to go about making friends around the workplace as well as outside of work. Today we will expand on that idea and give you a few more ways to help you break the ice with either your new co-workers and those you will encounter outside of work. The most important thing to remember is to be yourself, be comfortable with who you are and show confidence in the way you carry yourself. If you make yourself open and approachable to others, you will have a far better chance at making new friends.

Last week I gave suggestions on the best ways to go about making friends around the workplace as well as outside of work. Today we will expand on that idea and give you a few more ways to help you break the ice with either your new co-workers and those you will encounter outside of work. The most important thing to remember is to be yourself, be comfortable with who you are and show confidence in the way you carry yourself. If you make yourself open and approachable to others, you will have a far better chance at making new friends.

Finding commonality is key in starting a relationship, whether friendly or romantic. Finding those few things you share an interest in can take you a long way. Perhaps your workplace has different groups or clubs you could belong to that appeals to you, such as a biking group or book club. You could volunteer for any of your organizations philanthropy initiatives or start your own group. Finding coworkers with similar interests guarantees that you have something to bond over that’s not just work.

Outside of work you may find it easier to find different groups and clubs to look into to. No matter what city your travel therapy job takes you to, you will certainly find others with common interests. Finding smaller pools of people also allows you to interact with people in a closer, more personal way.

If you’ve tried everything I’ve previously mentioned and nothing is happening… Try taking matters into your own hands. Spread the word around the workplace about meeting after work for some happy hour beverages, organize a pot-luck lunch or try and start your own recurring group activities like a poker night or something to that affect. Any reason to get you and your cohorts away from the job and doing something fun.

If the various social settings are doing nothing for you, there are still other alternatives. Depending on the size of the city your living in while on a short-term therapy contract you can search the internet for local sites, you can even check the tried and true, Craigslist.org. Another good way to meet folks are dating sites, sure it’s more for meeting significant others but can also be a great avenue to make connections.

Sure making friends isn’t as easy as it was when we were growing up, but all you need is just that one friend to get the ball rolling. Remember, most people are just like yourself and may be timid to approach others, but if you make an effort you’ll be surprised at just how friendly people really are.

Here’s a link to first part of the series on ‘Strangers are Friends You Have Yet to Meet.’

Even Therapists Can Use a Little Therapy

Each start to a new year can be beneficial to your psyche. It can provide a cleansing sensation that wipes away all that was in the previous year and give you a new outlook and a feeling of refreshment. If only for a short period of time, the new year is a great time to assess your current goals, whether it relates to your well being, career or life in general. Now’s the time to revise or at least start thinking about the things you’d like to. Don’t just accept what is going on… And in the words of the late, great Michael Jackson. Make that change.

Each start to a new year can be beneficial to your psyche. It can provide a cleansing sensation that wipes away all that was in the previous year and give you a new outlook and a feeling of refreshment. If only for a short period of time, the new year is a great time to assess your current goals, whether it relates to your well being, career or life in general. Now’s the time to revise or at least start thinking about the things you’d like to. Don’t just accept what is going on… And in the words of the late, great Michael Jackson. Make that change.

If you feel as though your career is stuck in a rut, perhaps it’s time to move on and switch gears. Maybe you should consider a travel therapy or rehab job this year to give your career that much needed boost. It’s a great way to revitalize your skills and knowledge, all the while visiting such great locations as wherever comes to mind. However, if a traveling therapy or rehab job isn’t exactly what you need, maybe the 22 tips on improving your attitude and flourish in your career is just what you’re after. Read about it at AdvanceWeb.com, a great site for therapists looking for news, tips and other resources pertaining to their industry.

Featured Travel Occupational Therapist Job in Tennessee

  • Northeast TN facility looking for a travel Physical Therapist for 13 weeks.
  • The Appalachian Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains National Park are nearby.
  • A short drive from Knoxville and Morristown, Tennessee.
  • Lots of area parks and lakes make this a great place to spend the Fall.
  • All OT candidates looking for a great job should call a Recruiter today at 866-633-3548.

To learn more about this travel occupational therapist job click here.

Your one chance to make a good impression.

Life of a traveling therapist is a bit different than that of a traveling nurse. The hours, the workload and even the workplace all differ from one another, but there is one aspect of the traveling career that both share. Obviously you’re changing locations rather frequently and you’re meeting all kinds of new people and you have to able to adapt rather quickly. So what do you think these new faces think of you when you first walk in the door?

Your appearance, demeanor, the sound of your voice and ability to empathize all play a major role in your professional image. If the way you carry yourself becomes an issue shortly after your arrival to your new travel therapy job, well expect a long and arduous assignment. In order to ensure that your transition into these new assignments goes swimmingly, might I suggest some areas to work on to improve your professional image.

  • Professional work atmosphere and interactions
  • General appearance
  • Cooperation and team mentality
  • Professional responsibility

Being the new kid on the block is never the easiest thing. All you want is the respect of your peers and there are a few things to keep in mind while on assignment. If a situation arises in which you have an opinion about a work situation or even personal issues, be sure and remove yourself from those who may be within earshot. Also, make sure to you don’t exhibit any questionable behavior in front of them. Besides respecting peers and their space, you must also show your respect towards the facility and its contents. You are a healthcare professional and your care doesn’t always have to be aimed at the patients, you can apply this to your surroundings as well.

So what’s the first thing people notice when you walk into a room? If you guessed what you’re wearing or how you look, you’re probably right. Your appearance greatly affects the way your skills are perceived, undoubtedly. You have a respectable profession, so act and dress like it. Wear what you think would be appropriate to any age

Follow the footsteps of Rock ‘n Roll Legends.

The greatest thing (besides the money!) about traveling as a therapist are all the wonderful places you get to visit. Better yet, if you’re a therapist with a passion for music, traveling therapy and rehab jobs can really rock. Just think of all the places your favorite bands and performers before you have gone; the hotels they’ve trashed, the studios they’ve recorded in, the famous halls they’ve performed in… The landmarks are endless, the stories infinite and with a traveling therapy or rehab job you can retrace all those (in)famous steps.

There have been numerous books published about the origins of rock ‘n’ roll and where famous performers have come and gone. One book in particular covers all those bases and is available for free download on the site MusicArtStyle.

“Journey through America’s rich rock ‘n’ roll history with the musical landmarks detailed in this extensive collection. Nearly 600 locations, including birthplaces, concert locales, hotel rooms, and graves, are neatly compiled and paired with historical tidbits, trivia, photographs, and backstage lore—from the site where Elvis got his first guitar and Buddy Holly’s plane crashed to Sid and Nancy’s hotel room and the infamous “Riot House” on the Sunset Strip. The rowdiest and the most talented rockers are all featured, with sidebars on musical greats like Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and U2. Learn the locations of the secret rehearsal for David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs album, the club where the Sex Pistols played their first and last concert in the U.S., the house where Kurt Cobain died, where Keith Richards threw a television set out of a hotel window, and hundreds more sites from the past.”

Download the eBook, “Led Zeppelin Crashed Here: The Rock and Roll Landmarks of North America” and start mapping out your traveling adventure.

Don’t fall for the same thing.

August is here and autumn is close behind. The days filled with sunshine begin to shorten and the lush pastures of green slowly begin to fade to hues of  gold and brown. Shoes start to become the norm and the  flip-flops are thrown into the dark corners of our closets (this may be true for some, but for me I try and wear my flippy-floppies for as long as humanly possible – without getting frostbite).

Just like the seasons are beginning to change – so should you. If you’ve never given much thought to becoming a traveling therapist or rehab specialist, I strongly suggest you do. In no other industry are you given the chance to visit so many different places, all the while learning new methods of practice from your peers. You may live in a part of the country that is either this or that when it comes to temperature and weather. Do you not know what it’s like to rake your yard? Whatever you are lacking in seasonal experiences, traveling therapy and rehab jobs will give you the opportunity to be exposed to it all and what better season to start with than Fall?

Take a position anywhere in the Mountain, Central and Eastern time zones and you will surely see the beauty of the autumnal season. The leaves on the trees begin to turn colors from gold to vivacious reds and the air has a fresh, crispness about it. And football. (Go Big Red!)  Oh yes… it is right around the corner! I’m not sure about you, but for me, sitting amongst 84,000+ people in 40 degrees temperatures, screaming and cheering  is what the fall season is all about. So now’s the time to start thinking about where you’d like to spend your time working before the Christmas season is here. OMG-Christmas. I’m writing about Christmas in August. Oy! Besides the football, there are the beautiful vista views that will surely take your breath away and all the other seasonal activities that come along with it.

There are a number of  websites out there that will show you the absolute best places to experience the beauty that fall has to offer. Here are a few I found that may help guide you to new traveling therapy and rehab jobs.

Exploring the Shades of Fall

Top 10 Places for Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage Deals from $100