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Interested in a Therapy Career in Senior Living? Here’s what EmpowerMe Looks For
Recruiting qualified therapists is essential for any healthcare organization. At EmpowerMe Wellness, we want to make sure we are doing our very best to provide effective therapy services to our communities and clients. Our recruiting efforts focus on some key requirements and best practices for therapists. We take a multi-tiered approach to hone in on the necessary skills and education, resume structure, and strategies that showcase one’s abilities effectively.
Skills and Education:
In addition to your certification as a PT, OT, SLP, PTA, or COTA, we also require completion of an accredited therapy program and current state licensure. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal abilities, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills are extremely valued. A tech-savvy skill set and a desire to learn new things are going to be vital in securing a role.
Resume Mistakes to Avoid:
Using easy-fill resumes, especially from online platforms, can lead to errors or misconstrued information. It’s crucial to manually craft your resume to ensure accuracy and clarity. We advise applicants to be creative, original and to do their best to highlight their strengths.
Formatting and Structure:
The format and structure of a therapist’s resume are important. It’s recommended to separate sections for education, work history, and fieldwork experience. This organization will help provide a clear picture of a candidate’s background. Be sure to emphasize measurable outcomes and successful results, such as listing accomplishments and productivity under each position.
Demonstrating Collaboration Skills:
To demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a team and collaborate with other healthcare professionals, include a brief summary at the top of your resume. This section can highlight your teamwork and collaboration skills. We want to make sure that our newest team members understand the importance of working together. While we provide a level of autonomy for our therapists, there is a constant theme of partnership between our staff and the communities they serve.
Showcasing Communication Skills:
Strong communication skills are a necessary part of most career paths, but even more so when directly working with clients. Make sure to create a dedicated section on your resume where you list specific communication skills you possess. This will help our recruiters gauge your ability to effectively communicate in various contexts and in a multitude of situations.
Therapy recruiting requirements encompass a wide combination of skills, education, and effective communication. Your resume and interview performance should reflect that and express why you would be a strong addition to the team. By keeping this in mind, therapists can enhance their chances of securing desirable positions and contributing to their field of therapy as part of the EmpowerMe family.