Well I’m not doing too stellar on the jobs and interviews at the moment. I’m bound and determined to work in outpatient ortho and it’s not exactly easy where I live. The places that I have found that are looking to hire have specifically asked for 2-3+ years of experience and some have even flat out stated on their requirements that they do not want new grads. You know, with so many people rejecting new grads, I wonder if I’ll ever get a job so that I can work enough to not be considered a new grad!
Where have I been looking? I’ve been using Indeed and Craigslist…which, if you knew me, you’d know is pretty bold of me considering I watch a lot of Lifetime movies and one is called the Craigslist Killer…just sayin. Anyway, I found that Indeed had better opportunities than, say, Monster. And Craigslist seems to be where the OP Ortho is at. That being said, it is a little unsettling to send out your resume to a random person you don’t know (if they don’t mention their clinic name).
So far I have sent out 5 resumes. I have not heard back from 3 people (1 of which I sent out recently so I’m not considering it a complete failure yet). I did hear back from 2 and had very interesting “interviews”. I call them “interviews” because they were not exactly the most legitimate interviews, but they were something.
Found this on Craigslist. It had been posted 2 weeks before I sent my resume in but thought it was worth a shot. They needed a per diem PT to fill in for a PT who was leaving for vacation a week or 2 after my interview. So basically, they needed someone ASAP, and since they were so quick to respond to me even after their post had been up for 2 weeks, I figured I didn’t really have much competition.
The owner of the clinic called me and asked if I would be able to work the days this PT was going to be out of town. I said that that was fine. She said that, if I wanted, I could come stop by the clinic and check it out and that again, if I wanted, we could do an interview. What?? So basically, I pretty much had the job. See what I mean by getting desperate!?
I went to visit the clinic. It was definitely small but it was fine. They had what I needed to work with patients and I’m not one to be all about those super, beefed up clinics. I am pretty fond of a smaller, more personal setting.
I got brought back to do the “interview” which really was not much of an interview. What are my strengths and weakness? Nope, wasn’t asked that. What kinds of patients have I worked with in my clinical rotations? Nope, wasn’t asked that either. I had a pulse, I was eager, and they were desperate to have someone fill in when the PT went on vacation. So I got the per diem position!
I found another place on Craigslist to apply to and sent in my application a few days after accepting the per diem position at the other clinic. I heard back from them immediately and got scheduled to have an interview. I was nervous because this seemed like it was going to be more of an actual interview compared to the other one.
I pulled up to the place early and inspected the neighboring area. Not the best neighborhood but it wasn’t horrible. There was high school or middle school nearby. It definitely wasn’t the kind of place you’d want to leave anything valuable sitting in the front seat of your car. But I didn’t feel like I was in the ghetto either.
I walked into the clinic and it looked pretty run down. The woman doing the interview brought me into a little examination room with a sad little curtain to cover the doorway. She maybe asked me a couple of questions, but none of which were really assessing my capabilities as a PT. If anything, I asked her more questions. I won’t get into super detail, but after ME interviewing HER, I walked away feeling pretty confident that they had to be committing Medicare fraud. Not only that, but I was going to be the ONLY PT there and the majority of the patients there knew little English (and I’m not saying they were Spanish speakers…I can at least do a semi-decent job at that!). I guess the receptionist could help interpret, but I really want to work somewhere where I don’t have to have a middleman to communicate with my patients. That, and I love my license…it’s a beautiful license…I’m not getting it taken away because of some sketchy place.
In a way, it was kind of nice to walk away from a place and have a strong feeling about NOT working there. As a new grad, you kinda want to take whatever you can get so you can at least get experience for somewhere else, but I was proud of myself for not stooping to THAT level…even if the pay was far above what I’m sure any place will offer me elsewhere.
Unfortunately, I was not prepared for what to do if I’m in an interview where I know for sure I don’t want to work there so I ended up leaving without saying I wasn’t interested. I didn’t want to be mean. I ended up calling back a few days later to let them know that I was not going to accept the job. They raised their offer because “they just really liked my personality” (which is great…but that’s really all they had to judge me by since we didn’t really talk about PT) and I still rejected. Please, whatever you do, do not take a job for the sake of having a job or because it pays great money if you feel that it’s sketchy!
The site is still actually posting on Craigslist about the open position (which they hoped to have it filled by the start of the year). So I think I was the only schmuck that probably went in to interview. That, or there are some other people out there who also knew better than to take the position.
So right now I am still working per diem at the first place. The other PT has come back but they are trying to convince him to go work at his other job on Tues/Thurs so that I can work those days. I’m not sure if that’s maybe because they don’t want to have a full-time PT due to benefits or if it’s because they like me that much that they are trying to make room for me. Either way, it’s a job! In the meantime, I’m still hoping to find full-time position, or at least another part-time one to fill in the gaps. It’s not easy!
I’ll be updating you all on how the per diem position is going in the next couple of days! 🙂