Learning to Say, ‘No. Thank You.'
So I've been back in England a month now. It is good to be home. The work of looking for employment can be more exhausting than simply being an active physiotherapist! Recruitment agency interviews, collecting data on immunizations and titers and such, getting up-to-date CPR certification, and Internet searching... endless Internet searching. At the moment I feel like I should rename this blog "Unemployed PT."
Actually, having only been back a month, I do feel like I've made some real progress. I had an interview on Monday and was offered the post on Tuesday. With the economy being what it is, and the NHS reorganization in full swing, I was very tempted to take the job. There was one problem; I felt it wouldn't be a good fit. The post was work I was more than capable of doing. That made me concerned boredom would set in quickly.
The company has had a lot of bad press recently. I don't believe it's because of how the company operates. I believe it has more to do with the task the government has set out for them to do -- reassess every single person receiving disability benefits in the country to ensure they actually do qualify for benefits. The task alone is likely to generate lots of political controversy.
I've worked for a company that had developed a poor reputation before. We're often told that we're the face of a company and how we behave is a reflection on them. The flip side is also true. Companies that are on our CVs give people impressions about us as well. I thanked the interviewers, who were lovely, and the hard-working recruiter and decided to keep looking.
I have some other irons in the fire, which I won't jinx by going into depth this week. I have the national physiotherapy conference in Birmingham next week to do some more networking. I'll keep you up to date.
By the way, my initial request for reimbursement for travel expenses to the unfortunate interview in England back in August was denied. I've now filed a formal appeal. That may take a while.