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Getting the Job - Interviewing Process - Speedometer

The Canadian job market is very competitive, so be prepared and understand each of the steps needed to gain employment.  As well, finding a job in Canada may be very different than in your home country.

You have to be registered to work as a physiotherapist in the province or territory where you intend to settle. You must look for jobs in the region where you will be registered. Therefore, take your time to research job requirements in that region and develop a plan for finding work.

There are many ways through which you can search for jobs in the physiotherapy sector.

  • Broaden your search and include alternative careers.
  • Seek out a mentor in the physical therapy sector – for example, a retired physiotherapist – who would give you valuable insight and advice and probably introduce you to their professional network.
  • Join physiotherapy or healthcare related job-finding or networking clubs through immigrant-serving agencies.
  • Attend physiotherapy or healthcare related job fairs and regularly check the employment sections of your local newspapers.
  • Some physiotherapy colleges or associations may maintain a job bank or suggest a commercial job site. As well, hospitals and other health institutions generally post vacancies on their websites.

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Immigrant settlement agencies

Most settlement agencies and other immigrant-serving organizations offer help with finding job vacancies, updating your resume, writing cover letters, preparing for interviews and understanding what Canadian employers are looking for.

Click the link to find immigrant services in your area.

Resume writing

As the Canadian job market is competitive, you need to stand out from other physical therapy applicants with your right resume and be able to launch your career in Canada. Here are some tips on how to make you stand out among the rest:

As a physiotherapist, you need a very specific set of skills to be successful in your field. You should emphasize your education and experience on your resume, and a simple chronological resume is the most effective format for finding employment as a physiotherapist.

An effective physiotherapist resume must also highlight the following: Proficiencies, licenses and certifications, achievements.

Objective: Be specific about your area of expertise and the environment you’d like to work in, such as “To obtain a position as a physiotherapist at a private clinic that focuses on osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.”

Experience: Explain how many years of experience you have, and highlight your most relevant skills, such as experience working with a certain population, execution of an unconventional technique, or types of injuries or afflictions you generally treat.

Keywords: Buzzwords or keywords are often used to scan the resume through database. Use physiotherapy relevant keywords so that your resume gets scanned during electronic applicant search. You can use the keywords such as titles of the job, qualifications, professional affiliations, areas of expertise, patient assessment, geriatrics, muscle re-education and others. If you have mentioned the abbreviation of some word, then make sure that you have used the spelled out form of the words as well so that employer can scan your resume easily.

Interview techniques

There’s a lot of competition in the physiotherapy job market today. It’s important that you handle yourself professionally and that you give the interviewer the ability to judge how you are going to perform once the clinic extends you a job offer.

When you interview for a job as a physical therapist, a hiring manager will likely ask questions about your education and experience, but they also might inquire about your effectiveness working with patients. Because physical therapy requires strong communication skills, patience and adaptability, the employer might want to verify your ability to connect with patients in a professional and constructive manner.

Below are a few interview tips specific to a physiotherapist job interview that will help you stand out:

Show interest in physiotherapy

Expect to be asked about your interest in physiotherapy. As with other medical professions, an employer wants assurance that you’re passionate and committed to the rehabilitation process. Tell your job interviewer about how you became interested in physical therapy and the path you took to certification.

Get your sales pitch ready

On the job interview, your job is to sell the interviewer into thinking that you are the best physiotherapist that they could ever hire. So, in order to do that, plan on being able to talk for about 5 minutes about your background, education, experience, achievements and why you’re the best candidate for the job.

Communication style

Prepare to answer a question(s) about your ability to communicate and interact with patients. Because physical therapy requires giving friendly, understandable directives to patients who may be suffering, a hiring manager wants to know that you can communicate in a positive manner, gaining patients’ trust and confidence. Explain your techniques for getting patients to perform exercises willingly. Discuss ways you praise and encourage patients’ rehabilitation efforts. A confident and affirming communication style can help you get the job.

Highlight your successes

Discuss specific situations in which previous patients experienced positive results or a complete recovery as a result of your treatments and instructions. The interviewer might ask you to discuss a memorable experience with a patient, a time you effectively treated a difficult patient, or a situation where you helped a patient overcome overwhelming odds. Even though some patients never recover completely, a hiring manager wants assurance that your skills, education and experience produce positive results.

Informational interviews

While the job outlook looks very positive for physiotherapists, landing that next opportunity – especially for newcomers like you – requires extra effort and outreach.
Informational interviewing can be viewed as a way to put your wonderful empathetic yet professional communication abilities, research skills and time management talents to work for your own benefit.

An informational interview is a brief (20–30-minute) meeting that you schedule with a person who is currently working in an industry to learn more about that particular industry.

You should not try to get a job during an informational interview but rather find out whether or not a particular position or industry might be a good fit for your interests and your personality. An informational interview with a contact from your network can be an excellent source of career information because, in addition to basic information about a particular type of industry (such as you might find on a company website), it also offers you the benefit of a professional’s first-hand experiences and impressions.

  • Make a list of the hospitals, physiotherapy clinics, public health agencies, and others, as desired, that operate in your area.
  • Use your resources including professional organizations, LinkedIn, and other networking tools to identify organization insiders, health unit coordinators, etc.
  • Create 15-20 or so open-ended questions that will yield full and immediately usable information.

Networking

Networking is an essential tool that may give you job leads, offer you advice and information about a particular firm or industry, and introduce you to others so that you can expand your network. As many job vacancies are not advertised, you must make connections with practicing physiotherapists and others in your field.

Good places to network are gatherings such as conferences, association luncheons, and industry get-togethers for the convenience in meeting people, building relationships, and sharing information.

LinkedIn is another important professional tool for networking. It is great for reconnecting with your ex-colleagues and employers, search by company or jobs, and get introductions and recommendations.

You can also mingle with people in the healthcare sector and join some related professional groups.

But remember, that you have to allow time to cultivate and grow the ties you establish through networking. Nothing will happen overnight and you need to be patient.