5 Interview Tips for Therapists & Nurses

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Tip #1: Do all your homework and have your notes in hand.

Prior to the interview, do some research about your potential employer and keep any notes (plus your resume) within reach for easy reference during the call. The interviewer will appreciate that you took the time to research their facility.

Tip #2: Let your personality do the talking and Smile

When the interview begins, remember to take a deep breath and smile when you start talking. Your interviewer already has seen your resume so make sure your personality comes through. Smiling while you speak will help set you at ease and make you sound more positive to the interviewer.

Tip #3: Be informative but concise.

Striking the balance between giving short answers and long winded ones can make a huge difference during the interview. You want to give as much relevant information about yourself and your qualifications without running on too long.

Tip #4: Ask questions.

You may be so excited for the interview that you forget to ask questions about what your job will entail. If the interviewer doesn’t offer you the chance to ask questions, be sure to include that in the conversation when the time is right. It will demonstrate professionalism and commitment if you ask about what to expect in terms of scheduling, dress code, time, off, productivity level, patient caseload/population and how many other staff members are in the department.

If you need housing you can always ask if they may know of any since they are permanent and local they may have suggestions or know someone who is renting a place.

Tip #5: Conclude with confidence.

When the interview begins to wrap up, remember to thank your interviewer for their time and for the opportunity to speak with them. It’s important to conclude with a follow up question about what the next steps are in the interview process. This will show the interviewer that you are interested in the position and eager to move forward in the process.

Good Luck!!

-Ema

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Testimonials From Past/Current Employees of TravelMed USA!

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“My name is Joseph and I’m a COTA. I’ve been in the O.T. Profession for twenty plus years, mainly providing services to the geriatric population. I’ve also practiced some in the school system as well in group homes with clients who have severe developmental challenges. I have worked for Golden Living Centers, formerly Beverly Corp./Aegis Therapy, for the past sixteen years. When personal issues arose in my life I decided on a change. A co- worker suggested travel therapy, and pointed me in direction of TravelMed USA. I started with TravelMed in September of 2009, with first assignment in the District of Columbia at a 180 bed SNF. Thus far working for TravelMed has been a very positive experience. My recruiter has been great, she’s always available to me if I have questions or need anything. The staff that I’ve come in contact with are very professional and courteous. I have and will continue to recommend TravelMed USA to any therapist looking for a travel position.” – Joseph (Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant)

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” My first introduction to TravelMed and Ema Stone was in 2010, when I needed a Travel assignment in the tiny State of Rhode Island and the other agency I was with had nothing there for me. The process was easy, the terms were fair, and Ema was very very good to me! Since then, my needs changed, and I took a permanent job in RI. Over the years, Ema keep in touch with me in just the right way– not pushy, but sincerely interested in keeping me in the loop of the wonderful world of Traveling PT. When I chose Florida as my next assignment, it was a very competitive environment, but Ema came through for me again! She worked for 2 days straight to get me back on board with TravelMed after a job posted on a Thursday with a start date of the following Monday! Talk about amazing!” – Ruth (Physical Therapist)

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“In October 2008, I was an occupational therapist from NY looking to relocate to Kansas City Missouri-a state that I really did not know much about. I search online for a travel assignment to see if I would like a change of pace. After researching Travel Med USA, they immediately contacted me with great job placement in my area of interest. My recruiter Ema was fabulous. She helped walk me through the process as it was new to me, and gladly answered any questions I had (which I had a lot!). Ema was a true advocate for me. She helped get me a really competitive salary, and TravelMed USA not only helped me find a place of residents in my new location, but helped with the costs as well. Within 2-3 weeks of my placement, I was offered a position a rehab director. I know for a fact that I would not be where I am not without the help of TravelMed USA or without the help of Ema. I am in the best position of my career, and I couldn’t have gotten here without the help and support of such a great company. I would recommend TravelMed USA to any therapists that are thinking about doing a travel assignment or even looking for permanent positions.” – Jessica, Occupational Therapist

What to Bring When Leaving Home For a Travel/Contract Assignment

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Helpful guide on what to pack when taking off for a travel assignment or contract position away from home!!

Clothing

  • Belt
  • Bra (sports & regular)
  • Dress(es)
  • Glasses
  • Gloves / mittens
  • Hangers
  • Hat(s)
  • Jacket / fleece(s)
  • Jewelry
  • Long underwear
  • Pajamas / sleepwear
  • Pants / trousers
  • Rain gear
  • Sandals
  • Scarf(s)
  • Scrubs
  • Shirt(s)
  • Shoes / sneakers
  • Shorts
  • Slippers
  • Socks
  • Stockings
  • Suit(s)
  • Sweater(s)
  • Sweatshirt(s)
  • Swimsuit(s)
  • T-shirt(s)
  • Underwear

Toiletries

  • Contact lenses & solution
  • Cosmetics
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Hair care products
  • Hair dryer, Curling iron / straightener
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lip balm
  • Moisturizer
  • Nail clippers & filer
  • Q-tips
  • Razors & shaving cream
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Soap
  • Sunscreen
  • Tissues
  • Toothbrush / mouth care
  • Towels / washcloths
  • Tweezers

Health & Medicine

  • Allergy pills
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Bandages
  • Cold medicine
  • First-aid kit
  • Motion sickness pills
  • diarrhea pills
  • Pain relievers
  • Prescriptions
  • Sleep medications
  • Vitamins / Supplements

Essentials

  • Calling card
  • Cash
  • Credit & ATM cards
  • Driver’s license
  • Insurance information
  • Membership cards
  • Assignment paperwork
  • Travel paperwork

Gadgets

  • Camera & charger
  • Cell phone & charger
  • CD / DVD player
  • Extension cord(s)
  • Extra memory cards
  • Laptop & accessories
  • MP3 player
  • Spare batteries
  • Video camera & charger

Car Care

  • Antifreeze
  • Compass / GPS
  • Driving directions
  • Ice scraper
  • Jumper cables
  • Maps
  • Motor oil
  • Spare tire / donut
  • Windshield wiper fluid
  • Car vacuum

Housing Essentials

  • Bedding, Pillows & Blankets
  • Blender
  • Can opener
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Clock / alarm clock
  • Coffee maker / pot
  • Corkscrew
  • Shower curtain
  • Throw rugs
  • Toaster
  • Utensils

Miscellaneous

  • Address book
  • Beach towel
  • Books / magazines
  • Gum
  • Cooler
  • Earplugs
  • Eye mask
  • Flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Lighter
  • Pens & pencils
  • Plastic bags
  • Playing cards
  • Scissors
  • Sewing kit
  • Sunglasses
  • Tape
  • Umbrella
  • Water bottle

Contact us today if you’re looking for a travel position in therapy or nursing – We’d love to help!

(386) 264-6866

-Ema

Utilizing Your Recruiter to the Fullest!

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The relationship between a traveling therapist and their recruiter varies from person to person. To some, recruiters are a necessary evil in a market that is strained for talent. To others, recruiters are a lifeline that keeps them stable. If you are simply using your recruiter as a way of finding a position, you could be missing out on everything this person has to offer.

With that being said, I wanted to give everyone out there a few tips on getting the most of out your relationship with your recruiter.

Your recruiter is your employee. Make sure you’re getting the most out of him or her by constantly updating him or her on your situation. What your recruiter doesn’t know can ultimately end up hurting your chances of finding a good fit, or getting the highest pay available to you. Communicate with your recruiter and help this person understand what’s motivating you on your search. You never know what small detail could mean the difference between a great fit and 13 weeks of torture.

Therapists have different needs when it comes to working with a recruiter. Have a conversation with your recruiter up front to set the groundwork for this relationship. Do you want a recruiter that’s going to check up on you every month, week, or day? Do you want a recruiter that will find a good fit for you with good pay and not call you back until it’s time to think about the next move? Taking a few minutes to go over what you expect of your recruiter will pay off in the long run. After your recruiter knows your needs, he/she will be able to fine tune your future searches based on your standards.

As always, keep in mind your recruiter will go to bat for you whenever you ask, but you have to ask. If you are interviewing for an assignment and you’re not sure how things will go, ask your recruiter for some tips. Chances are he or she will be able to coach you on how to interview with a certain client to make sure you have a better shot at landing the position. Whenever I mention using your recruiter to get info or assistance that’s above and beyond, it reminds me of a physical therapist traveler I worked with at the beginning of my staffing career. This person (Julia, PT) wanted to go to the mountains in CO for her next assignment because she loved to Hike. When we found potential assignments for Julia, I would look up Hiking locations in the area for her to help her decide which job would be the best bet. Julie ended up accepting a job in CA due to the shortage of open physical therapy positions in CO at the time. The main reason she decided to take CA over the possibility of CO was because she knew there was some great Hiking in the area. This was a compromise on both ends, and it wouldn’t have been possible had I not known what was motivating her to travel.

Next time you are contacting your recruiter for your job search, try to use some of these tips. Communication is key, and if your recruiter knows you well, he or she will work much harder for you. When you are using your recruiter to his or her full potential, you will end up with positions that will keep you happy while you’re doing what you love. This will also make for a long lasting relationship and long term positions.

-Call me today to discuss your next position!! 386-264-6866

-Ema

Is Becoming a Travel Therapist or Nurse Right For You?

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Is becoming a travel allied healthcare professional for you?? Find out by reading the article below!

Traveling is a really great way to go! HONESTLY…..

  1. If you are money motivated or want to pay off your student loans especially if you are a New Grad then traveling is for you. You can travel within your local area. You can travel throughout your state or nationwide. It is up to YOU! TravelMed offers up to $65hr plus benefits and many other incentives.
  2. If you like to explore and see new places then traveling is for you. You get to site see; explore new areas, visit friends or family in other states some you may not have seen in a while. You also get to go through the seasons, very beautiful!
  3. If you like flexibility then traveling may be for you! You can pick your schedule. Most of the time you work Mon-Fri general 8-5, 7-4 but you may be able to get 4 10’s, 3 12’s. You also have the choice to take off as much time as you want in between assignments. Couple days, week, couple months, 6 months. The industry norm is a 13 week assignment however we have 6, 8, 26 even yr contracts. You have the ability to extend at same facility or move on to another.
  4. Also as a travel/contract employee you don’t have to deal with the politics which is always nice.

Contact a Recruiter today if you are interested in hearing more!

1-800-796-0923

www.travelmedusa.com

-Ema

Why Nurses Choose To Travel

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We all have our own reasons for pursuing career paths decidedly outside the “norm” and I think a lot of that has to do with our personality. If you’re someone that appreciates routine and strict structure, you’re likely not someone who wants their life to possibly change every 3 months or so. To be frank, it’s not always an easy transition. You’re met with a new set of challenges, policies, people, and environments every time you take on a new contract so it’s definitely not for everyone. So why is it that so many nurses leave behind permanent positions to pursue contract work that changes so frequently?

1. New skills and experiences

Many nurses that I’ve spoken to have said they began travel nursing out of a desire to learn new skills and gain new experiences that they were unable to get out of their permanent positions. Talk about a resume booster! If you decide to go back to permanent employment after spending time traveling, you are showing potential employers that you have the ability to adapt well in a variety of situations, learn new skills quickly, and are open to multiple ways of getting something done. Alternatively, if you’re not looking to re-enter permanent employment again, consider the personal gratification you’ll get from your experiences. It’s a tough job and you should be proud of that!

2. Changing environment

Some nurses get bored being in the same city and the same hospital day in and day out which motivates them to choose to travel. Travel nursing allows you to truly pick and choose wherever you want to go whether that’s the beach, the mountains, or the snow! You get to choose based on any number of factors whether that is motivated by weather, landscape, city, or even down to the specific hospital you’ve always wanted to work at!

3. Making new friends/networking

With a changing environment comes the likely benefit that you will make friends during your contract assignments. How fun would it be to have genuine friends all over the country? People that understand the challenges you’ve faced and can relate to your experiences. Added bonus? Future vacations!!

4. Higher pay

Most nurses know the most immediate benefit to traveling is the increase in pay. There is a HUGE demand for travel nurses and because of that, pay is typically quite good. Of course just like any opportunity, some places are higher paying than others and that again relates to the supply vs. demand rule. Bigger, more desirable locations are going to likely pay less than locations in the middle of nowhere. The less applicants you have applying for an opportunity, the more money you can negotiate.

5. Flexible schedule

Are you tired of being told when you can vacation or being denied vacation because someone else reserved the dates off before you could? Travel nursing afford you the ability to schedule your vacations around your contracts. Want to take a month off in Costa Rica after completing your 13 week contract? Go right ahead! Maybe you just want a couple days to refresh and renew before heading to your next location – sounds great to me! Travel nurses have the freedom to control how they want to manage their own careers.

Our Top 10 States for Travel Nurses:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Florida
  • Iowa
  • Indiana
  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • Texas

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Think travel might be a great option for you? Send me a message and I can see what we have available that meets what you’re looking for. Even if you just want some more information, I’d be more than happy to help!

(386) 264-6864 (Direct Line)  or  ashley@travelmedusa.com

-Ashley

Mobile Recruiting for Travel Contract Positions

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Working in the travel recruitment industry for healthcare professionals, I am tasked with the job of sourcing candidates looking for jobs utilizing traditional methods like cold calling, resume searches online, as well as social media connections such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and others. From my experience, I’ve found more success contacting potential candidates over the phone because it’s a real time connection instead of an e-mail which, while sometimes more convenient, is much more easily dismissed and often in this industry, too little too late when it comes to travel positions. However, I’ve read the least liked method of contact is by phone for many candidates who feel it is too intrusive. So what is a recruiter to do?

Say ‘hello’ to mobile recruiting.

According to Bullhorn, “97% of text messages are opened in the first five minutes after they are sent.” (via StaffingRobot). In addition, many people aren’t even utilizing their phones for actual phone calls. They’re using them for participation in social media, lifestyle apps, music, and text messaging. While less personal, 144 characters or less gets the point across quickly and efficiently allowing the recipient to immediately decide if it’s something they want to respond to in the same real-time fashion that a phone call would provide. Just like e-mail, the recruitment firm should integrate an “opt out” option in order to provide the respondent the ability to end contact via that method if it’s not favorable. This benefits the recruiter because they quickly find out who is a serious candidate and who is not while it also benefits the the candidate to get the information quickly without getting bombarded with intrusive phone calls and e-mails that seem like snail mail these days.

While phone calls will likely always remain the king of recruitment, it’s time to embrace other methods that are proving to be effective for both recruiters and candidates. Recruiters aren’t contacting candidates to annoy them but unfortunately, phone calls can sometimes come across that way if they are unknowingly unwanted.

CANDIDATES: How do you feel about mobile recruiting? If it’s not for you, why and what methods do you prefer?