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4 Tips for Landing a Physiotherapy Job

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1 Mar 2018  |  0 Comments
 

Kulraj SinghKulraj Singh is the Principle Physiotherapist at Tavistock Clinic, with a special interest in public health and sports injuries.

Once we have completed our 4 or 5 years in study it is only natural we next focus on acquiring out first physiotherapy job.

Whether you want to work in the public sector or in the private sector, there are still some key factors that can significantly help your chances of landing a job.


1. Apply to as many places as possible

The truth is, when you first graduate, you can’t be too fussy about where you work. Of course, have your preferences and don’t apply to anywhere you specifically do not want to work, but outside of this it’s wise to apply to as many places as you can.

The reason is because applying to multiple companies allows you to practice the application process. Jobs open and close frequently, so whilst you may not get a job on your first try, or first few tries, the process of application will give you invaluable feedback for when the right job does open.

As with anything the more you practice the better you get, and to practice this particular skill you need to apply to as many places as you can.

When first seeking a job, I applied to over 30 companies in the healthcare industry, and got 4 offers, two of which were to work as a physiotherapist (the other 2 to work in physiotherapy assistant positions).

At our own physiotherapy clinic in Crawley, England, we receive job applications quite frequently and don’t distinguish between applicants who are nearby and those who live out of town.

 

2. Have confidence in your skill sets

Although you're newly graduated, it doesn’t mean you should shy away from sharing your knowledge and expertise.

If anything, your training has been more recent therefore your theory is more fresh than many practising physiotherapists.

If you are asked a question in the interview regarding your knowledge of a certain condition or treatment protocol, answer it with confidence, to the best of your ability.

Employers know you won’t have as much clinical practice as them, but they are aware of the acute need for any potential employee to be confident in their interaction with patients, with the skill sets they have at any given time.

Being confident in your interview shows the employer you will be confident with your patients, and this is as important, if not more, than answering the interview question correctly.

 

3. Your resume must have something unique on it

Where you studied and what grades you achieved simply is not enough nowadays to reach the top of the list for job considerations.

Think about whether you have done anything unique, that no one else has, related to physiotherapy. Can you add it to your resume?

Do you have an Instagram account with lots of followers which you share physiotherapy information on?

Have you had extra work experience in a physiotherapy or clinical setting that makes you more qualified than others?

Do you have a YouTube channel where you share physiotherapy information to the public?

Have you been awarded anything or made it on any award list related to healthcare?

To give you an example, after I first applied to companies and got rejected, I learnt that my resume needed to stand out, so I launched a physiotherapy Facebook page, sharing articles and research to the public.

The page only had about 40-50 followers, but my analytics on the back-end showed me that these followers were from over 10 different countries.

I updated my resume and added details about this Facebook page, including the wide variety of countries that learn information from my page.

Soon after, I got my first interview. Needless to say, this result is not typical and no results can be guaranteed. However, this is just to illustrate how vital this tactic is as part of your application process.

 

4.  Use the internet to your advantage

These days, application for jobs primarily occurs on the internet. Helpful websites such as Physio Hub make it so much easier to find jobs you like and apply for them.

You can use sites such as this as well as many others to apply to work. You may want to also consider job site aggregators, which are websites that draw from many other websites to create a large list of opportunities.

It’s worth also noting, however, that off-line methods also work.

Take time to ask everyone you know about potential job opportunities. Do you know anyone that works in the healthcare industry? Does their company also hire physiotherapists?

Not all employers post their company's jobs online, so word of mouth and networking helps you to discover job opportunities that may not be visible to other people.

 

Conclusion

I sincerely hope these simple principles of applying for a job can help you discover your first physiotherapy job quicker and with more confidence. Above all, keep applying. The more you apply, the higher chance you will have of landing that perfect post.

 
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