How to get started with traveling

Just starting out as a traveler? Traveling questions or experiences to share? Here's the place.
Posts: 9
Joined: Fri Nov 13, 2009 7:59 pm
Location: USA

How to get started with traveling

Unread post by KtVi » Thu Apr 01, 2010 9:36 pm

I think this is the most frequently asked question from students, new grads, and other PTs.

I want to first recommend that a recent graduate have gained great experience before entering the traveling health care professional field. I usually say a year to two years in a good hospital/clinic with good mentorship will help to improve skills, confidence, and prepare you for what you might encounter 'out there'.

So, once you are ready to get the ball rolling, I recommend talking to a few experienced travelers (if you don't know any, here we are!), to discuss the process. We usually have 1-3 traveling agencies that we are close with, and can put you in touch with a good recruiter who will assist you along the way. Have a good resume ready to send them, and if you know where you want to go, start the licensure process if necessary.

Note, there are TONS of traveling companies out there. Some are good, some are great, and others are, well, not. I recommend starting with a few that are recommended to you by colleagues, and not getting involved with too many. I'm really careful with sending out references especially, those people don't appreciate being called that many times. If you get a bad vibe or if the recruiter just seems like a vulture or really pushy, beware. You should be calling the shots, you're the prospective employee that will be making them the bucks. Don't forget that.

Posts: 16
Joined: Sat Mar 08, 2008 7:54 pm

Unread post by Jimebob » Sat Jun 19, 2010 12:17 am

Kate makes a great point about keeping in mind that you are the commodity. Without you, the staffing agency makes no money... with you, they make lot. $-)

Here's several benefits I always ask about:
-Per diem allowance
-Housing allowance vs. having your housing arranged for you
-Health Insurance and how quickly it would kick in after start of employment
-Car/mileage allowance
-Continuing ed reimbursement
-Travel reimbursement
-Licensing fee reimbursement
-Referral bonuses
James R Spencer, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Current location: Kona, HI

Post Reply