Tips for Landing Your First Speech Therapy Job

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Published: 10 Feb 2017      

So you have finally completed your speech therapy training and you are ready to get stuck into your career. There are ample opportunities out there for speech therapists, including a number that are hosted on Sonographers Medical, but there are still a few things that you need to keep in mind to make sure you land the job that’s right for you. Here are a few useful pointers for those who are just starting their searches.

Location

Where you work is almost as important as what you do, so you need to consider location before you create a shortlist of potential roles to apply for. Consider how long you would be willing to commute and the potential issues that could arise from working in a location that’s far away from home. Knowing where you want to work will help you narrow your search down, so you can focus specifically on jobs in your area.

Speak to Your Network

It’s likely that you have done a few placements during the course of your studies, which means you should have a budding network of medical professionals who may be able to provide advice or a helping hand when you start looking into full-time positions. Ask around and you may find that you are presented with an opportunity or two that you may not have found on a job website. Even if that isn’t the case, the person you contact may still be able to act as a reference.

Do Your Homework

As with any job role, you need to understand the position that you are applying for when trying to land a speech therapy job. What does the role ask of you and what skills do you have that make you the right candidate for the job? You also need to spend some time researching the company offering the job, as the likelihood is that you are going to be asked what you know about them at some point during the interview.

Look to the Future

I the rush to get a job and make yourself financially stable, it can often be easy to forget that any role you take should provide the potential for progression in the field at some point in a later date. These are questions you can ask during the interview, but it still pays to put some research in so you know what you need to do to get where you want to go.

The Cover Letter

If you followed the advice above you should understand the role and the people offering it. Demonstrate this in your covering letter by speaking, though not in too much detail, about what you feel you can bring to the role and why you think it is the right fit for you.

Keep Learning

Finding the right job can be a long and arduous process, so it is important to make use of the time you have available. Take any opportunity that you have to learn more about your profession and talk about your extra-curricular efforts on your CV and during interviews.

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