Time to hurry up and wait. Now that you are to the point in the travel physical therapy process where you are being submitted to a job there is not much for you to do, at this stage it is all in your recruiter’s hands (for the moment).
Depending on the travel physical therapy company you are working with you may be submitted a little differently to a job, but the basics should stay pretty much the same.
For you as a candidate there is not much left for you to do right now. This stage of the process is kind out of your control at this point, which makes the preparation leading up to it so important. If you have taken the time to complete the suggestions laid out in the first 14 steps of the Travel Physical Therapy Career Guide, then you will have already told your recruiter:
- Desired location
- Company housing or housing stipend
- Desired pay
- Desired clinical area
- Types of Patient you want to work with
- Setting you want to work in
This also means that at this point your recruiter should have a great understanding of what you are looking for and a good grasp on your experience and skills and what assignment settings are going to be a good fit for you.
[pullquote]This also means that at this point your recruiter should have a great understanding of what you are looking for and a good grasp on your experience and skills and what assignment settings are going to be a good fit for you.[/pullquote]
Exactly how a company submits you to a job depends on how they are structured internally. At some companies the recruiters also contact the hospitals on your behalf, while in other companies the responsibilities of recruiting and selling candidates to hospitals and skilled nursing facilities are split between different departments or positions.
There are pros and cons of both systems, so if you think or discover as you go through the process of finding a travel physical therapy job that this difference in these two approaches is affecting your ability to work with your company then you may want to look into another company. Or at least be aware of it after you finish your first assignment so you can find a company with a different approach for your next assignment.
Another difference you may find in the travel physical therapy companies you are working with is how they communicate with you when they submit you to a job. Some will be more selective in where they submit you and only submit you to jobs you have directly expressed an interest in working or pre-determined set of possibilities with your recruiter.
Meanwhile other companies may want to move faster and submit you to jobs you have not previously discussed so that they get your name in the running before the job closes. I have heard and read stories from travelers who have been upset by being contacted by hospitals they did not know they were submitted to in locations or clinical areas they are not comfortable with. Again there are pros and cons to both, so make sure you find out up front how your company works, that way you won’t be surprised.
At this point what you need to focus on is preparing for the next step in the travel physical therapy process; the interview. So stay tuned to see the next post in the Travel Physical Therapy Career Guide.