During this stage of the travel physical therapy process you will start to work with your recruiter to find your position. How this process is handled can change based on the company you work with. Some companies are structured so that your recruiter also contacts the hospital, skilled nursing facility or home health agency directly, while in other travel physical therapy companies those duties are split allowing for more focus and better customer service.
No matter which way your company is structured you will most likely be asked to complete a skills checklist so your recruiter can determine your skill set and comfort with different clinical environments. Which will enable them to find you the travel physical therapy job that matches your abilities and focus. Although some of these can be long, they are no reason to stress. The key is to be honest so that you are matched in the job that is going to be the best fit for you, because nothing is going to give you a bad experience as a traveler more than a job that you don’t feel comfortable in.
Here are some tips to remember when you are completing a skills checklist:
- Slow Down – Set aside a time when you can slow down and take your time. If you hurry through it you could miss something and have to to go back to complete it later or more annoying, you could have to do it again.
- Relax – These are not a test. Just be honest with yourself (and your company) with your experience and skill level and you will be fine. A skills checklist that is an honest assessment (even with some areas not as strong as you would like) is better for all involved than one that may be a bit over zealous and provides the wrong information to a facility.
- Keep Improving – Just because you fill out a skills checklist once doesn’t mean you shouldn’t always be expanding your skills and clinical areas you can work in. It will make you a better and more marketable travel physical therapist so try to branch out a little at each assignment and when you have new skills to add be sure to complete another checklist so your recruiter has it on hand for your next assignment.