Set Realistic Goals for Yourself
One morning you wake up and realize you are in unfamiliar territory—looking for your first professional occupational therapy job. How can you move past it and effectively pursue your career? Out there is the right job for you—all you need to do is find it! Set realistic expectations and goals for yourself so that you are not discouraged or disappointed.
Write a Résumé That Gets You in the Door
Your résumé is a tool with one purpose: to win an interview. If your résumé is doing what it is supposed to do, you are going on interviews. If it isn't an effective résumé, you are not interviewing. A résumé is your personal advertisement—nothing more, nothing less. Get a friend or colleague to review your résumé. If he or she can’t understand it, neither can a potential employer. Visit “Career Management and Resources” at www.OTJobLink.org to find tips on résumé writing and job interviewing!
Re-evaluate Your Approach
Examining what you've been good at in the past, understand where you are today, and set goals for tomorrow! A bit of planning will pay off immensely. No matter what your schedule is like—you can certainly recognize and attain your goals if you allow yourself. Start preparing for life after graduation by searching for jobs now...recruiters are already looking for you!
Pick up the Habits of a Highly Effective Job Seeker
Be Specific—Make sure your résumé and relevant skills match the opportunity.
Be Honest—Stretching the truth is never a good idea and often will be uncovered during the hiring process.
Be Precise—Check and re-check your résumé and cover letter.
Be Polite—Be sure the employer can tell that you are interested, qualified, and available.
Be Respectful—In today's market, you cannot pick your spot or name your price.
Be Responsive—Employers expect interested candidates to be prompt and punctual.
Get started on your first occupational therapy job today! Visit AOTA’s OTJobLink, the premiere source for connecting students with positions in the occupational therapy profession. Job seekers can search jobs and apply online, while AOTA members also can advertise their résumé to employers free of charge. Visit www.OTJobLink.org today!
OTA Employment Opportunities
Maine Occupational Therapy Association (MeOTA)members have access to OT Job postings in Maine. As an OTA student you can become a member. To see employments opportunities go to http://www.meota.org/
KVCC posts employment opportunities for Occupational Therapy Assistants regularly. This information can be found at: http://www.kvcc.me.edu/Website/Frames/Departments/Advising/Career/index.aspx