Your first job as a Rehab Therapist
There are a lot of factors to consider when deciding where to start your career as a rehab therapist. You should start by giving yourself a great big hug because you have made a wise decision to get into a profession where the market is hot. It means that you are in demand. It is very easy for you to get overwhelmed with all the available choices in this growing job market. You have a lot of decisions to make that will impact your career down the road, so it is very important that you look at the big picture.
When to start looking for a position
The best advice I can give you is to start your job search early. Do not wait until you have finished your last clinical to start interviewing. You want to have a job lined up so you can focus on studying for your boards rather than trying to juggle interviews and making life-altering decisions at the same time. Remember other students start early, so you do not want to miss out on the best opportunities.
Ensure that your resume is well written with dates of your education and each clinical listed separately. Avoid using an objective; most employers know that you are looking for a position within your specialty and you have the best intentions with regard to performance and patient care.
Education should always be the first thing listed after your name and contact information. Remember to list what you did in your clinical because some employers are open to considering a new graduate if they have had at least a clinical rotation in a specialty focus.Download the entire whitepaper (PDF)