The next thing you need to do is to take the information you put together in the first seven steps and use it to evaluate travel physical therapy companies you may want to work with. This is important because the first seven steps are used to help you know the things that are going to be important to you in a travel physical therapy job.
So keeping these things in mind your first stop is to spend some time on their website. The sign of a good company that are seen in a company’s website are first foremost easy to find answers to your questions and contact information. You also will want to make sure they have plenty of jobs for you, if you list them on their site, but not every company does. As you click around on their site remember to look for answers about the things we have already covered:
- Step 1 – Know what you are looking for.
- Step 2 – Know where you want to go.
- Step 3 – Know how long you want to work.
- Step 4 – Know who’s going with you.
- Step 5 – Weighing your housing options
- Step 6 – Finding Your Travel Therapy Recruiter.
- Step 7 – Looking at Travel Physical Therapy Benefits
The next thing you will want to do is some background on what other travel physical therapist think of the company and what it’s like to work with them. Some good places to do this are (in order):
- Actual live referrals who you know personally that have worked with the company
- Travel therapy company rating sites like MedTravelerClub.com
- Former employees of the company provided by the recruiter for you to contact
Next you will want to do some background on the company. You should also be doing this when you are the company’s website, reading their about pages and finding out how long they have been around and look for signs that the company is growing (growth awards, press releases, etc.). You also want to make sure the company is good financial standing as is going to be able to pay you. This kind of information is easy to find for publicly traded companies, but is something you will need to ask your recruiter about with privately held companies.
The final thing you can do to research travel therapy companies is to ask your recruiter questions that help you rate the company. Here is a list of questions we recommend:
- How long has the travel physical therapy company been in existence?
- How large (or small) is the company?
- What does the company have to offer that sets it apart from others?
- Are there physical therapists who can give references?
- Is there always someone available to answer my call (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)?
- Can I see a sample contract?
- Is my travel physical therapy job guaranteed by a written contract?
- How much do I get paid during my travel physical therapy assignment?
- Explain the mileage reimbursement policy for travel physical therapy assignments?
- Is help (financial and administrative) provided with licensing and my other credentialing needs?
- Who will I talk to if my recruiter isn’t available?
- Do I only have one recruiter my entire career with your company?
- If I want to go perm are there any clauses in my contract to prevent me from being hired as a perm employee? If so, what are the details?
- What are any areas your company could improve on?
Here are some other questions you may want to ask your recruiter as you are evaluating travel physical therapy companies.