As a speech pathologist, occupational or physical therapist, you have a variety of career opportunities in multiple settings such as Hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Home Healthcare, Clinics and Schools. As you zero in on the position that best meets your needs, working with the right contract staffing company is a key strategic step. The right company becomes your partner as you take your professional status to a new level, grow as a specialist, and find the right work environment and schedule for your individual needs.
Ask the Right Questions
When researching contract staffing companies, here are some questions to ask. When you’re satisfied with the answers, you’ll know you’ve made the right choice:
- What is their experience level in the therapy staffing setting of your choice? Look for the company with the strongest knowledge level and depth of experience in your specific field. Specialization is key. Beyond selecting a generalist agency, look for a company that focuses on the industry of your interest.
- Will they assist with your licensure process? Many companies will assist and even pay for your licensure.
- Do they offer CEU’s? Find out what type of Continuing Education Opportunities they have available and will you receive CEU’s.
- What kind of Professional Support is offered? What kind of support will you have? Will your manager be a therapist themselves so they can answer questions and relate to your job?
- What type of benefit package is offered? Do they offer Medical, Dental, 401K, Disability, Liability?
- When will they know about specific opportunities? What types of positions do they have currently available or when will they know about specific opportunities? Determine whether they have opportunities in the geographic area you are seeking.
- Will I be an employee or an independent contractor? There are pros and cons to both, so be sure your staffing company can help you find the option that best fits your lifestyle.
- Can you talk with one or more of their current therapists? There’s nothing like a personal endorsement or testimonial to ensure you’re making the right choice.
- Can they arrange for you to visit a school before committing to work there? Going this extra mile for their candidates says a lot about a staffing firm.
Red Flags to Avoid
If the responses and incentives presented by a staffing company seem too good to be true, they probably are. Be skeptical of companies who:
- Pressure you to sign a contract too quickly.
- Require the sole right to represent you.
- Offer tax-free housing allowances.
- Guarantee placement.
The right staffing company for you is the one you feel is the best “fit” and which shares your enthusiasm, core values, professionalism, therapy industry knowledge, and drive for success. They will partner with you to take your career to the next step – and beyond. For more information on developing your career strategy, contact Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services today.