Are you a new graduate or an AHPRA registered internationally trained physiotherapist looking to enter private practice?
You’ve written the exam, and you’ve practiced and performed the practical exam. Now it’s time to venture into the real world and start looking for work.
Where do you find positions?
It’s not what you know, Its who you know
Fortunately, or unfortunately for some, physiotherapy is a relationship and rapport building profession. The first step to finding a job that is suited to you is to reach out to your contacts, whether they are classmates, former students, clinical instructors or friends. A quick phone call is best, otherwise an email stating that you are looking for work may have you landing your first job before you know it.
The world is at your fingertips:
The internet is everywhere these days and this will be the most common avenue to find a position. When you aren’t working, finding a job is your full-time job. This means combing through websites (such as seek, your university bulletin boards, social media, other industry webpages (eg. physiohub). If this doesn’t come up with the job you want googling can be your best friend.
Writing a resume is a skill in its own right. You can find tons of information on how to write a resume, with many sites having different opinions on the best way to grab an employers attention. Remember, part of writing a great resume is having it stand out.
You’ve made a killer resume and applied to a few positions and actually heard back! The interview process can be stressful, especially when you have to compete with other classmates for the same positions. The larger companies will usually have a more standardized, HR-approach to interviews. It could be a formal, panel, or practical interview, or a combination of each. These companies tend to be hiring employees instead of independent contractors.
Fortunately, smaller and less professional clinics sometimes only do a sit-down interview and may skip the practical portion. They may ask you a couple of PT-related questions to evaluate your clinical reasoning; however it is still in your best interest to be prepared for any practical questions.
The bottom-line is if you are invited to an interview, you likely meet the required skill level. The interview is necessary to see if you can hold a conversation, fit the culture, and be able to generate business for the clinic.
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