8 Things To Look For In A Job

I have accepted a new job at a different company. The pressure of being laid off led me to search for other opportunities. Within the first two weeks, I had applied for 15 jobs. Jobs of all different settings. I applied for skilled nursing facilities and home health which were intended to be temporary.

When I wasnโ€™t getting responses from them, I started to apply for outpatient orthopedic settings and was offered an interview. Upon reflection of the things I value in my career, I realized this company could offer me more.

Hereโ€™s a list of items I value in my place of work:

  • Competitive salary: because ๐—œ ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—บ๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ต and I work ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ป ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ.
  • Schedule: work-life harmony. How much work/stress is being brought home? Can I stay productive M-F so I can enjoy my weekends?
  • Continuing education: I need a company to support my thirst for learning. Opportunity, financially, and moral support.
  • Friends with co-workers: We spend so much time at work! I want to be able ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ท๐—ผ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜† ๐—œ’๐—บ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต and be happy/laugh with them.
  • Commute: within reason but otherwise have some great podcasts to listen to.
  • Room for growth: Are the people around me motivating me to be better? Will I be able to become a Clinic Director?
  • Mentorship: [Can you tell I want to keep learning?] I want to have a role model to look up to and give me methods to become a better PT. I’m the type to need a pat on the back sprinkled in with constructive criticism.
  • Networking: Am I meeting ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€?

Since COVID-19 has patient volumes still low, we havenโ€™t set an official start date yet. I am anxious to see how I fit into the new place.

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