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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

How to get a job as a Respiratory Therepist?

For those seeking advice on how to get a job as an RT, you have come to the right place.  Keep in mind, however,  I can't guarantee the job you want will be available, and I can't guarantee you won't be up against more qualified candidates.  Yet what I offer here are simple tips to help you stand out to a prospective RT boss, and ultimately -- you hope -- make your file stand out upon his desk.

So, what can you do to be hired as an RT?  Here are some simple tips:
  1. Study hard in school and work your butt off to learn as much as you can during clinicals
  2. Create a simple one page resume
  3. Send in your application and resume.  Most are available now online.
  4. Wait about a week and call the hospital to get the RT Bosses phone number at work
  5. Call the RT boss and say something like, "Hi, I'm Bob lookingforwork.  I put my application for a job as an RT a week ago and am wondering if you got it."  The conversation should take off from there.  If he has a lot of applications this will put yours at the top.  He will know you're interested and serious.  Do not make your initial contact by email unless that person has already contacted you.  You may contact this person once a week until you get an interview or a flat out no.
  6. Be prepared. Learn as much as you can about the hospital you are applying to.  If you worked clinicals at this hospital that helps. 
  7. Dress nice for the interview (but don't over dress), and bring a copy of your resume. Do not overdue the makeup, perfume, aftershave, etc.  You don't have to wear a suit.
  8. Answer questions honestly. 
  9. Ask questions.
  10. Make nice comments about the hospital or department, such as, "I like the down home feel of your hospital."  Again, don't over do it.   
  11. Know your weaknesses.  If you're a new RT, this is your weakness.  
  12. Do not bring up pay at the initial interview. If you are asked, be reasonable
  13. After the interview, make sure the RT Boss knows how much you want to work for him, say something like, (shake hands) "I look forward to working with you in the future."
  14. If you don't get a call within a week after the interview, call the RT boss and say something like, "Hi Mr. RT Boss, this is Bob lookingforwork and I'm curious if you made a decision about your RT position."  You may also use email if you have the person's email. You should make sure you continue to make contact every 1-2 weeks until you are hired or hear otherwise.  
  15. Spread yourself out if you want.  You can do this for as many hospitals as you want at the same time.  Just make sure you don't schedule two interviews at the same time.  Good luck. 


1 comment:

Sara said...

Another really good tip- If you enjoyed your time at a specific hospital as part of your clinical experience, TELL them this. I worked my behind off at all my clinicals, but really enjoyed the environment at one over the others. When that specific hospital asked us as students if there was anything they could do to make it better, I told them they were the best of all I'd been at. After passing my boards, I applied and now work at this hospital.

Also, realize you may have to work nights and weekends as a RT, especially a new grad, get over it and just work them. Any job is better than no job, and there's always the possibility of changing shifts.