Guide to Securing a Physical Therapy Job After Graduation

Launching a career in Physical Therapy (PT) after graduation can be an exciting adventure, but it can also feel overwhelming.

Here are a few things to consider when preparing to put your best foot forward in the PT industry.


Getting Your Physical Therapy Resume Ready

As a recent grad, it’s be expected that you’ll have an entry-level resume. That said, there are some basics that hiring managers will be looking for, even if your work experience is limited to non-existent:

  • Professional summary
  • Education
  • Clinical Experience
  • Licensure, certifications, and professional organizations
  • Relevant professional experience
  • Skills


Beginning Your Physical Therapy Job Search

Advice for recent grads beginning their job search is to look for job opportunities that are similar to your clinicals experience. Starting out in an environment that feels familiar can set you up for success as well. Using equipment and techniques that are familiar reduce the risk of making errors.

Networking with former classmates and instructors and getting involved in professional organizations can also give you the opportunity to be the first to know about various job openings and possibly get you connected with hiring managers.


Interview Preparation

Since as a recent graduate, you won’t have tons of experience, be prepared to answer some questions about yourself, such as:

  • Why do you want to be a Physical therapist?
  • What do you anticipate will be the hardest part of your job?
  • Describe a positive work experience you had during an internship/clinical.


The hiring manager may also ask you about your plans regarding keeping patients motivated during long treatment plans and how you would treat various types of patients.


Ready to learn more about the different career paths you can take as a Physical Therapist? Pioneer Healthcare Services is here to help!

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