Q: Should I have a “Plan B” when it comes to my preferences?
It is no secret that there are some areas of the country that are highly desirable and because of that, jobs become very difficult to land. Simply put, these jobs generally go to the candidates that have the most experience, have traveled before, and can start the soonest. Of course, it will become easier to land these types of jobs as your career advances and you have more experience. But, until then, it’s good have a back up plan to help keep you working.
Keep in mind, jobs aren’t necessarily just going to be in small rural areas. They can be in moderate sized cities as well.
What you do with this reality often determines whether or not travel therapy is truly something you should do.
You can, of course, stop right here and decide not to pursue it. Maybe it’s better to gain experience and try those locations later on. But, the other option is to remember why you want to travel and decide to do whatever is necessary to live out your dreams! The choice is yours.
That said, the first thing you’ll want to do is to find out where the majority of the jobs are located. Your recruiter will have a working knowledge of where jobs have historically been. They can also help give suggestions based on your personal interests. For example, if you want to go somewhere where there is skiing, they could suggest Nevada and other areas.
After that, research those locations and make a list of where you really would consider going. I would suggest pursuing the license as soon as possible. It’s also good to communicate when they can start to tell you about jobs in your “Plan B” locations.
Secondly, if you are only wanting one particular setting you may want to consider being open to others. There are jobs in all settings, but some times the ticket to your ideal location is to work in another setting.
Lastly, it’s also good to consider being flexible on pay expectations. It’s important to remember that there are locations that simply pay less than others. If you really want a certain location and/or setting, consider if it is worth taking a little bit of a pay cut.
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