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PT and the Greater Good

Entry-Level PT, New Grads Welcome

Published April 5, 2011 1:21 PM by Dean Metz

We have secured funding for a new permanent post in our trust. We've advertised for an entry-level therapist who can demonstrate a variety of skills but with an interest in working with older adults. The candidate will be able to drive and have the usual skills in communication and documentation. We closed the application period a few days ago and I have started the process of short-listing for interviews.

All I can say is I now have a new appreciation for how lucky I was to get a job here right away. We have received over 100 applications. Many of the applicants have more than a few years experience. Many graduated a year ago but have been unable to find employment. Others work as rehab aides or volunteers in order to remain in proximity to the world of physiotherapy. Applicants are from as far away as Cardiff, which would be the same as someone from Washington, DC, applying for a job in Boston. Many are over-qualified and I fear that the job will not be challenging enough for them. But it seems that many people will take any job, just to be working. Many seem to be trying to leave the private sector; they don't elaborate why on the application.

I wonder how many PTs in the US would be willing to tend bar or wait tables at night while volunteering during the day until an entry-level post opened up? What if it took over a year? At what point do you say, "I can't wait anymore" and do something else?

I feel for the new grads who have to compete in this arena. They know all the right things to say and they write volumes of pages to try to make themselves stand out. (Note: This only makes the reviewers tired, cranky and annoyed that you wrote about things not relevant to PT or repeated the same catch-phrase 100 times)

I've gone through about one-third of the applications so far; most make the cut for an interview. We are not allowed to "go with our gut" at this stage. We have a rigid algorithm to follow. So people who ramble on and on cannot be excluded if they meet the inclusion criteria. I suppose this will help those who are better verbal than written communicators and help identify those who can write well but can't converse well.

One thing is for certain - I've still got a lot of reading ahead of me.


Wow, over 100 apps for one position!  From what you've said, it sounds like you'll have a minimum of 30 interviews.  My head is spinning just thinking of that...and I haven't read any apps.  

Thanks for the reminder of how blessed we are here.  With gas nearing $4/gallon, it is easy to get bogged down in the economic downturn.  

I'll be interested to hear the results of the interviews.  Good luck!

Janey Goude April 5, 2011 11:16 PM

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    Dean Metz
    Occupation: Staff Development Specialist
    Setting: New York, NY – Newcastle Upon Tyne, Great Britain
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