If 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.