Archive for March 15, 2007

Applying for the same job

One thing that I am finding that is coming up pretty often is how to deal with more than one person applying for the same job. As new grads, the entire class is graduating at the same, which means that we’re also all looking for jobs at the same time. So what do you do if you find out that your best friend is applying for the same job that you are?

I see two potential ways of handling it. On the one hand, you can keep your friend informed from the beginning and tell him or her that you’re planning on applying for a specific job. Alternatively, you can keep all your job interviews a secret.

Personally, I like the second option better. If you go with the first option, then you may have to deal with a friend who says, “Oh, but I’m already applying there, and if you still want to be friends, you wouldn’t take away a possible job from me.”

But even if you do keep things hush hush, there is plenty of room for awkwardness. Just yesterday, I was doing an internship at a hospital that I interviewed at when I saw a classmate of mine getting a tour from the senior OT at the hospital. Now I had already applied for the job, and they had said over and over again how interested they were in hiring me. So when I suddenly saw my classmate dressed in a suit and getting a tour, I was a little put off.

So no matter how you handle the situation, it’s a tough call. I would say that if you go out on interviews with the realization that there’s a whole class of new grads, then there is going to be competition for jobs. Thankfully, there are plenty of OT jobs currently available with most offering hefty sign on bonuses.

Any comments on how to handle the situation are welcome.

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March 15, 2007 at 11:52 am 2 comments

Welcome

As I get ready to graduate from OT school, I wanted to start this blog so that I can write about my experiences as an OT student about to enter the workforce and the challenges that I might face. I also hope to talk about the process of taking the boards. Hopefully, this will develop into a good blog that will talk about the issues that OT students and new grads face. If you would like to contribute or know someone that would be interested, feel free to leave a comment.

Updated at 11:23pm:
A speech therapist was kind enough to agree to occasionally post things from an interdisciplinary point of view. I think that it can be beneficial to see things from another perspective

March 15, 2007 at 5:52 am 3 comments


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