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The PT Job Search Continues

Published September 16, 2015 3:23 PM by Toni Patt

This week I thought I'd follow up on my friend's job search. She graduated the same year I did and lost her job last month. I'm tracking her progress because the plight of experienced therapists seeking work is completely overshadowed by how new grads are doing.

As of last Friday, she had three interviews. Within three days, one told her no. It wasn't a good fit so she wasn't upset. The second keeps telling her no decision has been paid but has reposted the position twice. The third one apologized for having her interview as the position had already been offered to someone else.

That is the total of her success following one month of searching and applying. Granted she's being somewhat picky. In doesn't matter what city you live in, location matters. So does setting to some extent. I didn't ask but would be surprised if there wasn't at least one facility with a questionable reputation no one wants to work for.

She hasn't limited herself to full-time opportunities. Some of the positions she applied for were prn. She thought she'd have better luck with prn jobs since the pay rate is the same for everyone. They aren't calling her back either.

I think new grads are doing better with finding work. The ones I've spoken to recently were all working either prn by choice or full-time.

Economics are definitely playing a role in this and not just in therapy. At my LTAC, there are probably five of us over age 50 and only a few more over 40. One night nurse with 20-plus years of experience has been looking for a year without luck. She feels trapped. She doesn't like her current job but has nowhere else to go. I wonder how many PTs feel the same way.

I hope my friend finds something soon but I doubt it. The pressure to save money isn't going away and salaries are the low-hanging fruit for that.

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I am curious where this friend is from, and what setting is she looking in?  I continue to get job offers in the mail, by phone, and on Linked-in.  I am surprised to hear about the difficulty your friend is having on her search.

Julianna, , PT Excella Home Care September 17, 2015 7:01 AM
Leominster MA

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