Physical Therapy Jobs for Recent Graduates
Times are tough, even for college graduates. If you have recently graduated from college or from a trade school, physical therapy jobs are available — and, in fact, are expected to increase in availability over the next few years. The best thing you can do is get your resume in front of as many potential employers as possible.
One challenge physical therapists often face is limited employment locations. If you limit your search to hospitals, clinics, and rehabilitation centers, you might have difficulty finding a suitable position. It is important to branch out into other areas to give yourself the best opportunities.
For example, schools often hire physical therapists to work with children who require physical or occupational therapy. The same is true of doctor’s offices, athletic organizations, and assisted living facilities. Because the medical community is interconnected, you might get a referral rather than a job offer. Either one can result in gainful employment.
Make use of the contacts you developed in school to find physical therapy jobs. Counselors, advisers, and even professors can provide invaluable leads to new opportunities. You might also get in touch with some of your classmates. Perhaps you can help one another find appropriate positions.
Recent graduates are often in high demand for physical therapy jobs because they are young and fit, and have lower salary requirements. Make sure to stress your strengths and skills in your resumes and cover letters. This will help potential employers see the value in hiring you.