Category: Career Advice

Close the Interview, Don’t Close the Door

You came to your interview fully prepared…or at least you thought you did.  You researched the facility/clinic/hospital; you practiced answering any and all possible interview questions; you dressed appropriately; and you arrived on time.  You even answered interview questions in a very positive and enthusiastic manner. The process seems to be going well, when the ….

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The AVID Approach to Conflict Resolution in Healthcare

The Art of Collaboration: The new movie “Lincoln” is thought-provoking.  It portrays a President struggling to do the right thing for the collective, while facing dissension and obstructionism from both the opposition, and from his own party and cabinet members.  Mustering considerable interpersonal skills and political savvy, Lincoln was able to overcome or outwit all ….

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Top Layover Airports for Traveling Therapists & Nurses

Are you a traveling therapist or nurse?  Does the word “layover” make you shudder?  Here’s a list of some of the best U.S. airports to make the most of that “down time”. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport – Austin, TX:  Visitors can enjoy the live music capital of the world without ever leaving the airport! Over a ….

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It’s Time To Check That Resume!

As noted in a previous blog, January-February is often a top hiring period for organizations. Although healthcare is somewhat immune to recruitment peaks and valleys, there is a tendency for families to take advantage of school winter breaks, and make career moves. Even if you are not contemplating a change at this time, the New ….

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Things to Consider Before a Healthcare Career Change

Many factors come into play when making a career change or landing your first job.  Obviously increased satisfaction and financial advantages play major roles in that decision-making process, but so do your personal circumstances, such as marital status and family dynamics.  Changing jobs sometimes has to take a backseat to a developing relationship, allowing children ….

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Why Use A Healthcare Staffing Company?

It seems simple enough. As a PT, OT or SLP you know your skills are in high demand. So all you have to do is email or fax your resume to the numerous online and print postings of open positions, and wait for the offers to come pouring in. Right? Well not exactly! Gone are ….

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Are You Management Material?

To quote “The Wall Street Journal Guide to Management“: “Leadership and management must go hand in hand. They are not the same thing. But they are necessarily linked and complementary. Any effort to separate the two is likely to cause more problems than it solves.” Once upon a time leadership focused on the innovative, motivational ….

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If the Shoe Fits: Shoe Tips for Interviewing

Carrie Bradshaw, the chief protagonist of the “Sex in The City” TV/film series, never met a Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, or Jimmy Choo she didn’t like.  I never quite understood how she managed to purchase so many beautiful $500-$1600 shoes on a writer’s salary….nor did I ever quite understand how she ran in  6” heels ….

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How To Choose the Perfect Scrubs

For some physical therapists, what you wear to work depends on both the setting and your employer.  Scrubs are the generally accepted/required uniform in acute care facilities, pediatric rehabs and some home health care companies.  However, it is best to check with your employer before purchasing to determine what they expect you to wear.  Do ….

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Integrating Exercise Into the Workplace

Employee wellness is an essential part of June’s National Safety Month. Therapists encourage physical activity in patients as part of their rehabilitation, but sometimes overlook the importance of exercise to their own well-being, especially in a hectic workplace environment.  The Centers for Disease Control  (CDC) notes that “regular physical activity is one of the most ….

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Tips For Traveling With Your Pets

Are you considering a new contract or permanent position?  A lot of planning and thought goes into any relocation decision; family may be consulted and their input could determine the outcome.  But there are family members who have little to say about the process, and yet deserve equal consideration of their needs…. they are your ….

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Body Language: Key To A Successful Interview

Communication is the very essence of speech language pathology.  Practitioners and students in the field are keenly aware of what constitutes functional and dysfunctional speech, and alternative methods that can be employed when oral communication is impossible. Even if you are up on the latest methodologies and research, you might be unaware how alternative communication ….

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Why Join A Professional Association?

There is no question that although healthcare is a booming industry, these are still cautious and even tough times for many people in this country. Most of us these days weigh our expenses carefully and are more frugal when it comes to “extras”. Joining a professional association can be costly especially when you are just ….

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Resume Writing Tips for Rehab Professionals

It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to write what is arguably, the most important document of your professional life. Your resume is not only your meal ticket, but the determinant for a better position, career, company, etc. As a Rehab Professional, it is probable that the extent of your resume writing education was comprised of ….

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Good Decision Making and Your Rehab Therapy Career

As a rehab therapist, you will have to make countless decisions, choices about the care you will be providing to your patients, and choices about how to run your practice. Like most people, you will try to make your decisions rationally, by gathering information, talking to colleagues and sorting out the options open to you. ….

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Handling Conflicts at Your Rehab Facility

No one would argue with the fact that people are going to have different opinions at work and that these opinions will sometimes come into conflict. That’s not always a bad thing. Without such differences, innovation and improvement are not likely to occur. As a physical, occupational or speech therapist, you will be working with ….

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