Finding the perfect job is easier said than done. But there are things you can do to ensure that you’ll make a good decision and you won’t find yourself in an unpleasant situation.
1. First things first…determine what setting is the best fit for you.
Pediatrics, hospital, home health, skilled nursing facility, inpatient rehab, outpatient clinic, traveling therapy, or something else? Each setting has certain characteristics that may or may not fit your lifestyle and personality. For example, do you prefer to work in a single facility and know that you will work the same schedule every single day? If so then an outpatient position might be the place for you. Perhaps you enjoy a constant change of scenery and you like to work independently; then you may consider a position in home health. If you enjoy daily interaction with other therapists and those of different disciplines, a job in skilled nursing or inpatient rehab may best suit your needs. Whatever the case, you should determine this before you go out on your quest for the perfect position.
2. Next, narrow down your choices and do your research on the top picks.
What type of atmosphere does the company have as a whole? Who runs the company and makes all the major decisions? Will you ever interact with these decision makers? Does the company have a website, and is it functional and up-to-date? Does the company participate in social media? If so, visiting the company profiles on those sites can really help you to learn what the company is doing internally and within the community. Arrange an on-site tour. Nothing will give you a better feel for the company than spending a few hours or a day in the facility shadowing a therapist. See for yourself how working for that company would make you feel.
3. And finally, ask around.
Do you know anyone who works for the company? Ask them for their opinion. Get the inside scoopâ€¦ What is it really like to work for this company?
Job hunting can be a tedious process and it’s easy to make a quick decision. Know this ahead of time and try not to act impulsively. Take time to do your research so that you can make an educated decision that you are happy with at the end of the day.
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