OccupationalTherapy.com Phone: 866-782-9924


Get Paid to Travel: What You Need To Know To Get Started As A Traveling Occupational Therapist

Laura Latimer, MOT

January 16, 2017

Share:

Question

Do recruiters need to know that you may be using two agencies? Do they get competitive with each other? Can you ever use two recruiters from the same agency? Also, I have not been working for some time and I am now just trying to get back into OT. Would any travel agency be interested in me?

Answer

The two recruiters would have to be from two different agencies. If they were from the same recruitment agency, they would have the exact same jobs. Different companies are going to have exclusive contracts that the others do not. I tell always ask recruiter A from the very beginning, "Do you mind if I work with one other recruiter? I want to make sure because I really like to have the most job opportunities. However, I am always going to be open and transparent with you." I tell both of them from the beginning.  If anything it makes them work a little bit harder. If recruiter A is submitting jobs to me, I am not going to make recruiter B waste their time still looking for jobs. I keep them both really posted on where I am at in the process. I truly want to respect their time as I know how hard they work. I go back to both of them every 13 weeks. There needs to be good communication and mutual respect on both sides.

With regards to getting back into OT after a hiatus from working, that would depend on a few things. As therapists, we are allowed to travel as new grads with not much experience. You need to be very honest with yourself, and with your recruiter, where your skill level is right now. I do not know how long you have worked as an OT, or how you feel about your clinical skills, but remember there is no mentoring and you need to hit the ground running. Just be honest with yourself. Do I really feel my clinical skills are still there? Start brushing up on your skills. Pull out old resources. Additionally, you might not want to start in a place that does not have a great therapy team. When you are interviewing, be honest and tell them you might need help. Your recruiter will work with you to find places that are super new grad friendly. Once you get a few under your belt, then you could switch to places that are more competitive.


laura latimer

Laura Latimer, MOT

Laura has been a traveling occupational therapist for over five years. She has a heart that beats for empowering and helping others live their best life. In between assignments, she founded Nomadicare.com where she mentors new travelers who want to learn how to get started as a traveling therapist as well as matches them with vetted recruiters. 


Related Courses

Utilization of Critical Thinking Skills Assessment Tools
Presented by Vikram Pagpatan, MS, OTR/L, ATP
Video

Presenter

Vikram Pagpatan, MS, OTR/L, ATP
Course: #4608Level: Introductory1 Hour
  'it was ok course a little too theory not tool based for working clinicians but professional speaker/instructor'   Read Reviews
This course will provide evidence for the practical usability of critical thinking skill assessments to enhance program admissions, serve as a basis for staff building exercises and to measure fieldwork readiness for rehabilitation students.

Disability Inclusion: What Healthcare Providers Need To Know
Presented by Kathryn Sorensen, OTD, OTR/L, ADAC
Live WebinarTue, Jul 12, 2022 at 12:00 pm EDT
Tue, Jul 12, 2022 at 12:00 pm EDT

Presenter

Kathryn Sorensen, OTD, OTR/L, ADAC
Course: #5632Level: Introductory1 Hour
As a person with a disability and an occupational therapist, I have a unique perspective of living in two worlds. In this course, I will share my personal experience and things I wish healthcare providers knew and understood about living with a disability.

Fieldwork and Students with Disabilities
Presented by Barbara Kornblau, JD, OT/L, FAOTA
Video

Presenter

Barbara Kornblau, JD, OT/L, FAOTA
Course: #3332Level: Intermediate2 Hours
  'Easy to access and understand'   Read Reviews
This course provides information about responsibilities for students with disabilities in fieldwork under the law. It looks at the roles and the responsibilities of faculty, academic institutions, fieldwork educators, fieldwork sites, and students with a disability in the accommodations process.

Writing IEP Goals
Presented by Kim Wiggins, OTR/L
Video

Presenter

Kim Wiggins, OTR/L
Course: #4100Level: Intermediate1 Hour
  'The instructor opened my eyes to how I can improve my goal writing and how much my goals were lacking!'   Read Reviews
Goal writing can be time consuming and difficult to complete for therapists. This webinar will teach you a step by step process how to write functional goals for students in the school setting.

Strategies for Creating a Culturally-Inclusive Mindset
Presented by Esther Clervaud, EdS
Video

Presenter

Esther Clervaud, EdS
Course: #9478Level: Introductory1 Hour
  'the depth of the video'   Read Reviews
Since America is growing more diverse, cultural awareness has become more vital for day-to-day success. Discover four strategies that will help you develop a mindset that will facilitate a culturally-sensitive environment both personally and professionally, regardless of your work setting.

Our site uses cookies to improve your experience. By using our site, you agree to our Privacy Policy.