As the holiday season approaches, many therapy job seekers may assume that it’s not the best time to be looking for a new position. However, Kasey Mclain, Talent Acquisition Lead for EmpowerMe Wellness, asserts that December is actually the perfect time for physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists to seek out a new role with a new organization. In this blog post, we will explore the reasons why December can be a great time to begin the next chapter in your therapy career.

Less Competition

In healthcare, application submissions tend to slow down at the end of the year as clinicians and caregivers turn their focus to preparing for the holidays. However, Kasey points out that this can work to your advantage as a job seeker. “The traditional lull in hiring for therapy jobs means less competition,” she explains. “That makes it easier to swoop in and score the role you’ve always wanted.” With fewer applicants vying for the same positions, you have a much better chance of standing out and dazzling recruiters.

More Attention from Recruiters 

Moreover, the decrease in job applications during December allows recruiters to be more thorough in reviewing applications. With a lighter influx of applications, talent acquisition professionals can take their time to review each application more carefully. This increased attention to detail can work in your favor, as recruiters can better match your skills and experience with a team and a manager that will work best for you.

 Get Ahead of Holiday Bills 

Aside from the reduced competition and increased attention from recruiters, many new therapy jobs come with a pay increase, which can be incredibly handy for paying off those holiday credit card statements. “Seasonal giftgiving often leads to starting the year off on shaky financial ground,” Kasey says. “Beginning a new job in December can be a great way to kick off a new year with your household budget in solid shape.”

A Fresh Start 

Plus, there’s something invigorating about making a fresh start with a new position in a new environment. Kasey highlights the excitement of this fresh start, saying, “Hitting the ground running in the new year with a new job, surrounded by new co-workers and taking on new responsibilities can be incredibly motivating.” December can be a time of reflection and goal-setting, and starting a new therapy job in this period can align perfectly with the desire for personal growth and change.

To sum up, December may not be the most conventional time to search for a new therapy job, but it absolutely presents unique opportunities. With less competition, thorough application reviews, potential pay increases, and the excitement of a fresh start, December can indeed be the most wonderful time of the year to find a new therapy job. “Don’t let the holiday season deter you from pursuing your career goals,” says Kasey. “Embrace the advantages of December and make it the month you secure the job of your dreams!”  

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