Cariant recruiters work with new and recent therapy graduates, helping to find travel therapy jobs that allow them to explore, have adventures, and be flexible with how they balance work and life. There are different schools of thought on how best these years should be spent. We agree that these are important developmental years as clinicians. We also know that travel therapy can bring as much value to a resume as working at the same facility and treating the same caseload for two to three years.
Does this therapist have the skills necessary to help grow our lines of service? It’s a question hiring managers pose to themselves during the interview process. Therapists who travel long enough can give examples of community and physician-focused marketing content and tactics they have seen utilized or put into action themselves. They can share how to advertise lines of service in markets of differing sizes and demographics.
Can this therapist communicate effectively with our patients and referral sources? All clinicians benefit from working with different therapists and observing their communication style with patients. Over the course of many 13-week assignments, travelers identify what works best and adapt patient communication strategies that feel comfortable into their own style. Also, communication is an important skill for healthcare professionals who only have a short time to get up and running in a new facility.
Outside of pay, the majority of travelers fall into two categories–contracts selected based on getting back-to-back experience with a single specialty or setting, and contracts selected based on geographic preferences. Either path serves travelers well when they transition to a permanent job.
Travel therapists fortunate enough to land consistent contracts treating the same patient demographic are going to be a value-add to their first permanent job by bringing a solid background in one specialty, with the expanded skill set from having treated those diagnoses in different locations and sizes of facilities. Therapists who treat a variety of diagnoses over their travel career can consider themselves a generalist, and there are many employers who value therapists with that broad base of skills.
Ready to travel? Get in touch with a Cariant recruiter.