What Every PT Student and Graduate Needs To Know About Getting Their First Job or Their Dream Job

Dear DPT Student/Graduate,

Congratulations on earning your doctorate in physical therapy and becoming one step closer to being a licensed DPT! Chances are, you are now focused on getting out of student loan debt, trying to find the right first job, not to mention trying to pass your license exam…. If you’ve done that already… Congratulations!!

Today, I want to share with you the #1 tool that I wish I had known when I graduated from PT school 24 years ago and was looking for my first job. This is an exercise you should do to help you land the exact job you want. Completing this exercise will fast track you to finding your dream job. Some of your classmates will end up getting there, but a lot of them will end up being dissatisfied because they didn’t take the time to complete this step. You are at a critical point…

This is what I want you to do. Write down, on paper, what your ideal job looks like. Don’t tell me what I want to hear…Or what your prospective employer wants to hear, but what exactly you are looking for in your ideal position.
 
Here is a list of items I want you to determine.

1) Setting. What kind of setting do you want to work in?  OP, HH, Acute, Pediatrics, IP Rehab

2) Salary.  How much money do you want to make? Believe it or not you are in control of that.

3) Mentorship.  Do you like to work alone? Are you looking to grow as a professional? Do you want contact daily, weekly, or monthly?

4) EBP.  Do you want to work in a setting that implements technology/techniques that are evidenced based? Do you want to improve your clinical skills?

5) Clinic size.  By now you’ve had some clinical experiences. Hopefully, you’ve had some good experiences and some jaded ones… The kind of experiences that resonated with what you are looking for (and what you’re not looking for).

6) Organization.  Is the clinic organized? Does it run efficiently? Are the support staff well trained? Is that even important to you?

7) Community involvement/events.  Is it important to you to be involved in activities in your area like 5Ks, golf tournaments, or community fundraisers? Will your employer support this involvement?

8) Hobbies. Do you enjoy surfing? If you do, North Dakota probably wouldn’t be your dream location!  Does your ideal job support that in terms of activities you like to do?

9) Family. It’s an exciting time and you get to choose wherever you want to live. You can choose to be near or not so near to family… Pretty awesome!! Be sure to take into account things such as cost of living. What are the school systems like? Does your area support raising a family. So once you have identified these nine things, I want you to write them all out in present tense.  List everything out as if you have already found your ideal job.  Every high achiever I’ve studied from or talked with does this! They write down scenarios as if it they have already happened.

 

Now it’s my turn.  I want to share with you some of what I look for in an ideal job candidate.

1) Good work ethic.  I want someone in the upper 10% of their class AND can show they have taken on additional responsibilities along the way.

2) Good Study Ethic.  I want to hire someone who loves to read!!

3) Mentorship. I’m looking for someone to mentor. Someone who would pay it forward and be willing to share with others in the future. Learn..do..teach model.

4) Entrepreneurial spirit. Core services, manage a clinic, back-end services, youtube, blog, etc.  I want someone who wants to do some really cool stuff.

5) EBP… Best practices and proven techniques; always looking for new techniques; willingness  to learn, etc…

6) Production Bonus … It’s very important to me for you to have a family life so I require 39 hrs of treatment with about an hour staff meeting each week. I will reward those who are efficient with their time with a quarterly production bonus.

 

So, I currently have openings for a PT and a PTA.  If you would like to be considered for one of these positions email me at arlanalburo@orthopedicandbalancetherapy.com with a copy of your “ideal job” description and your resume.

All the Best,

 

Arlan Alburo, PT, DPT, MTC

CEO, Co-Founder

www.OBTS.us

219-548-8770

 

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Elaine Krause
Elaine Krause
18:18 11 Dec 19
I attended several of the Saturday workshops at OBTS to increase my knowledge as a yoga instructor. Noel’s informative presentations were tailored to meet the needs of those individuals who were present. I took advantage of the free assessment offered to the attendees, and chose to try PT to resolve a minor issue. The therapists did an excellent job correcting the problem quickly. Great team of professionals! Thank you!
Timothy Knopf
Timothy Knopf
20:18 30 Oct 19
Best therapy place around. I would recommend this place to everyone. They have the best group of therapists around.
Mitchell Udowitz
Mitchell Udowitz
20:43 27 Oct 19
I have been to two Physical Therapy places prior to finding Orthopedic & Balance Therapy in Valparaiso. While they were ok they don’t hold a candle to Orthopedic & Balance Therapy. OBT team works as one in harmony and they stay on top of the latest technology for their patients. Their team is so very knowledgeable and very friendly plus they generally care about what they are doing and it shows. They are concerned about the whole person not just the injury they need to be treated for.
Barbara Serynek
Barbara Serynek
18:52 03 Oct 19
The entire staff has been very pleasant, professional and accommodating. Both Kristen and Joe have given me the best massages. Kate and Kollin made sure that I was doing my excercises and helped to move things along. Feeling better every visit. I'm so glad that I chose Orthopedic & Balance.
Heidi Richardson
Heidi Richardson
17:00 19 Sep 19
I went to physical therapy not expecting it to do very much to help because that’s the way I approach everything with low expectations. Noel and his team have made my neck feel so much better that it puts me in a more positive mood each day and I actually feel more positive and more productive on a day-to-day basis..
Christine O'Donnell
Christine O'Donnell
16:26 14 Aug 19
I could barely walk into OBTS six weeks ago. I had very bad lower back and hip pain. The progress has been life changing for me. I always walk out of there with little or no pain. The staff, Laura, Dr Diane, Angie and, of course, Peggy, have taught me so much to keep my pain at bay. I highly recommend this team.
Nancy Guenther
Nancy Guenther
15:28 12 Jul 19
Absolutely awesome! My walking has improved 110%. And my pain level is zero. I highly recommend them. Go....you will be amazed how much better you feel.
Tracie Baxter
Tracie Baxter
20:24 03 Jul 19
This was the only place that could help with my TMJ. If you’re suffering from TMJ go see Noel! He really understands the condition. I no long have to deal with constant pain! The whole staff at this office is amazing and very welcoming.
Cindy Standiford
Cindy Standiford
21:33 28 Jun 19
The whole team is great!! I’m getting great care! I recommend Orthopedic & Balance for any issues you might have.
Joseph Mulholland
Joseph Mulholland
19:53 09 May 19
Amazing staff and amazing care. I came in barely able to stand up straight due to a back injury. After 6 weeks, I feel like brand new. Everyone was extremely helpful and easy to work with. Highly recommended!
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Trool u
19:44 24 Apr 19
I am a PTA student that was required 16 hours of observation time. I had the pleasure of completing my hours at this Valpo location. The staff is incredibly friendly. They were quick to make me feel at home. In a way I was sad to leave, but happy to continue on. I hope to eventually work in this field with a work family this caring and knowledgeable about their profession.
sharon Kramer
sharon Kramer
16:23 18 Apr 19
My experience has been a very enjoyable and rewarding experience in getting me to feeling better. The staff does a remarkable job and are fully qualified in their respective areas. The staff made it fun coming here and they were very caring and helpful with their clients!!
Tim Nash
Tim Nash
15:32 27 Aug 18
My first experience with OBTS was very positive. During the course of my 13 therapy sessions I worked with many different therapists and all of them were professional and competent. They were able to help me effectively control my pain without medication using their therapy program. Unfortunately, they could not get my physical condition back to the same ability as before. However, this is due to the fact that it was later determined by my doctors that I required surgery. I plan on returning to OBTS for my post-op physical therapy and have already scheduled my evaluation appointment. Scheduling seems to be a challenge sometimes but that's probably an indication of their patient's satisfaction and good reviews. Thank you OBTS!
Arlene Gross
Arlene Gross
15:58 22 Jun 18
Everyone that worked with me was helpful. I enjoyed watching the staff interact as they worked as they laughed and smiled making me feel that it was fun to exercise. My knee pain is less and I look forward to having the same results with my back.
Jose Ico
Jose Ico
12:43 27 Apr 18
My wife and I have been coming here for a year. They have wonderful customer service and the treatments were great. I could say that since coming here for treatments, I am now able to walk properly and sleep well at nights. They help you in the best way possible. The people here are great and we definitely recommend it to everyone!
Paul Grant
Paul Grant
21:51 03 Apr 18
I have read lots of reviews that say "the entire staff of ..." is great, and you know that it is BS.. .. Butt at OBTS that statement is true. The person answering the phone, appointment setting they work around my schedule. It is truly a team concept. Everyone that has work with/on me keeps me focus on getting healthy to play golf.... Even those employees that haven't work with/on me are upbeat, positive and encouraging both their patients and me..... follow up phone calls, positive, hand written notes of encouragement, reminding me to do my homework so I can play golf this year. Great Employees, Great Business!.
Diane Burns
Diane Burns
02:30 16 Mar 18
I’ve had an incredible experience here at OBTS. In just two and half weeks I’ve seen and felt remarkable results. My hip mobility has improved by 30%. I credit the excellent physical therapists and the deep tissue laser therapy for my gains. I’ve gone from walking with a limp and pain everyday to walking normally and know that I’ll be back to running in the future. Every single person is warm and friendly here. Great place!
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