(Away From) Home for the Holidays?

Don’t look now, but Thanksgiving is right around the corner… With Christmas soon to follow. Hopefully you’re lucky enough to be home or at least be with family and friends during this time but if you’re not, don’t get down on yourself. There are many ways in which you can spend this time and it can make for some great memories.

Unfortunately being a traveler may mean you might miss those treasured holidays that you’re use to spending with those near and dear. It’s just part of the job. So why not make the most of your situation. Hopefully you’ve been working long enough that you’ve made some solid connections with those you work with and maybe even those you’ve met out and about. Perhaps there are a number of you in the same boat and have no where to go, so why not invite a few of your coworkers and others for a bit of a potluck. Everyone can contribute to the meal and it will surely bring you that much closer to one another. Afterall, travel therapy and rehab jobs is the perfect way to meet new people and this is certainly one way to do just that.

If hosting a party of sorts is not your bag, you can certainly spend your time helping others and being thankful for everything you have that others might not. If you have a computer with an internet connection handy, why not look up some places where you can volunteer your time helping serve dinner to those less fortunate? Or you can set up a canned food drive at your work to donate to a local food bank or other charity. There’s no better feeling than knowing you can help brighten another persons day by simply being a friendly face or just offering an hour of your time. I’ve done it myself and the rewards are far greater than coming home with a plate full of leftovers.

You see, you don’t have to be alone over Thanksgiving. There are so many ways you can spend your time while being thankful for all that you have. If you remember what these times are all about, it won’t seem so bad that you’re not able to share that with those you normally do.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out the local rag for parades and other seasonal festivities.

Here are a few sites that can point you in the right direction for volunteering opportunities.

VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement.

SERVEnet.org is a website that mobilizes and empowers the volunteer service community to tackle some of the toughest challenges facing local communities.

Goodwill Industries International enhances the dignity and quality of life of individuals, families and communities by eliminating barriers to opportunity and helping people in need reach their fullest potential through the power of work.

Interview your recruiter

One of the key things you will discover during your travel therapy career is that your recruiter is going to be a big part of your life from now on (or at least while you are traveling). They will help you find a job, housing, and basically just be there for you when you need them. Because of this, it is important that you are comfortable with them and trust them. So when you are talking to them take the time to interview them as well.

Here is a checklist of questions you can ask to get to know them better:

  • How long have you been in the industry?
  • How long have you been a recruiter?
  • Will you be my recruiter the whole time I travel with your company?
  • How many travelers do you work with currently?
  • What is the traveler to recruiter ratio at your company?
  • How many travelers are you allowed to work with?
  • Tell me about yourself? Where did you go to college? Where are you from? Etc.
  • How often will I hear from you?
  • How will I hear from you? Email? Phone? Text? Etc.
  • What makes you different than other recruiters?
  • What do you do to help your travelers succeed?
  • Why do you work for this company?
  • What do you like about your company? Dislike?
  • What’s your sign?

Remember, don’t be shy. This is your therpay career you are partially putting in their hands so it is important you are comfortable with the relationship.

Featured Travel Physical Therapy Job in Alabama

  • Enjoy the Alabama countryside as a travel PT (Physical Therapy).
  • This hospital is a large traveler friendly facility in need of a traveling Physical Therapist to work in their rehab department.
  • Travel PT will work the night shift at this Bay area hospital.
  • Please call Medical Solutions at 866-633-3548 to speak with a Recruiter regarding this 40 hour per week travel position.

To learn more about this travel physical therapy assistant job click here.

Featured Travel Occupational Therapist Job in Louisiana

  • Occupational Therapist (OT) needed near Lake Charles LA for a 13 week assignment.
  • Very traveler friendly hospital with plenty of fun to be had on your days off.
  • Enjoy many parks, golf, shopping and many endless amounts of other activities.
  • For more information call 866-633-3548.

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

Expand your skillset by traveling and doing this.

32383106If you haven’t heard, you can take your profession as a therapist or rehab specialist on the road to locations you’ve only dreamt about. Say you want to work in Hawaii, you can do that. Or maybe you’re more of a nature freak and what better place to explore the great outdoors than say, Colorado or maybe even Montana. You see the choice is yours when it comes to becoming a “traveler” and what’s better than being able to see new places and meet new people? The answer is knowledge.

By moving from town to town and state to state you will undoubtedly come across a variety of people, cultures and more importantly job experiences. It is quite possible that you will take something from each and every assignment or short-term contract. Whether it be a new method of therapy or some rehab technique, heck you might even learn something that doesn’t pertain to your profession at all, like fly fishing! Yes, choosing life as a traveling therapist or traveling rehab specialist can be very rewarding. The benefits of traveling are too long to list as well as the benefits of continuing to educate ones self.

Besides learning from your travels around the country from hospital to skilled nursing facility to an in-home assignment you could also take some classes or attend one of the various seminars and conferences throughout the year.

Here is a list of events dedicated to all things PT as provided by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Continuing education opportunities from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Events and continuing education from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

You CAN Always Get What You Want

19095553If 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.