You want a recruiter who will serve as your champion. What exactly does this mean? This means you have a recruiter who will:
What exactly are you looking for as a travel therapist? Are you looking for mentorship? Are you looking for adventure? Are you looking for experience in a specific setting ? Are you feeling out different parts of the country for a place to call home?
What are your priorities in securing an assignment? Location? Setting? Corporation? Private Practice? Rural? Urban?
Whatever your needs are, just make sure that your recruiter is listening. Is he or she suggesting assignments that have nothing to do with what you want?
Lay out ALL the expectations including the fine print.
The “Release Clause”: Depending on our contract, you will have a clause that states the facility can release you from the contract in the event that they find a permanent employee to fill the position. This “release clause” varies anywhere from two-to-four weeks. That means that they have to give you a two or four week notice (dependent on your contract) prior to releasing you from the contract.
The required minimum number of hours: How many hours are you expected to work? If you fail to meet those number of hours, is your board/lodging rate prorated? Do you get penalized by not getting the full board/lodging stipend and just get your hourly rate?
It’s pivotal that you understand all the fine print. You don’t want any surprises when taking on this assignment.
This kind of goes back to listening. For my first assignment as a new graduate, I was looking for a facility in Texas that was close to a major airport. Originally, I wanted to be in or around the three major cities: Austin, Dallas, or San Antonio. You see, my college roommate was getting married and I was a bridesmaid in her wedding. I didn’t want to spend 4 hours driving to an airport to fly out to Los Angeles just for the weekend for this wedding. I realized that I ultimately just really needed to be close to an airport. So my recruiter looked into this assignment around Abilene, TX. It wasn’t in my list of ideal locations, but it was close to an airport. Before looking into the assignment, my recruiter sent me a list of ALL possible itineraries in and out of that airport to determine if the cost was within my budget and if the availability of flights were within my time frame. I was impressed and he hasn’t failed to demonstrate his commitment to providing the best Travel PT experience for me yet.