IRecruiter - Linda Becker recently was given the opportunity to participate as a guest speaker on a call for over 50 students on clinical internships. I love interacting with students as they are approaching graduation; there’s a great deal of excitement and some apprehension as they prepare to transition from student to employee. Some of the most commonly asked questions recruiters get are about when to start looking for a position, how to find available positions and what our company is looking for in a new grad.

A student’s interview process begins the minute they start their clinical internship assignments. While we may not offer them a traditional interview until they are within 3-4 months of graduation, our managers are assessing the students during the entirety of their clinical internship. Not only are we evaluating how they perform as clinicians, we watch how they interact with other staff members, patients, family members and other workers in the facility. We observe their behaviors as a professional – are they on time, do they communicate well, are they energetic, do they ask appropriate questions and seem engaged in their work? All of these things are considered when being evaluated for a permanent job opportunity, so it’s important that the students present well from the minute they arrive for their first day.

Students can learn about future job opportunities through social networking sites, job boards for health care workers as well as the more generic job boards. RehabCare has an internal job board (www.rehabcarejobs.com), and there are job fairs and events to attend through schools and state and national associations. We communicate continually with schools and universities across the country and send them updated job postings that are appropriate for new grads. It’s important to communicate with your professors – they likely receive job notices via email/mail/phone calls on a consistent basis. My favorite source: networking!

A clinical internship is an excellent time for the students to network with professionals of all disciplines in the building. Its’ good to talk with your CI and other staff members in the building about the type of position you are seeking after graduation. Licensed clinicians receive word of job opportunities they may or may not have an interest in, but may pass them along to you. Or, if given permission, they could forward your contact information to a potential employer. I recently hired a student who had done an internship with us over a year ago. When a position became available, her CI remembered that this particular student had mentioned wanting to permanently move to the area someday. Having impressed us as a student intern, we tracked her down to make her aware of the opportunity. As it turns out, it was the right position at the right time for her. She’ll begin working with us this month!

It’s important to keep an open mind. We like to see students that have done clinicals in a variety of settings. We look for versatility, and candidates willing to consider multiple locations are always of interest – being flexible on job location will only give you more options to consider. We’re a nationwide company, and we will likely be able to offer opportunities to transfer to other locations in the future, should your ideal location not be available to you in your initial job search. Curious to see what opportunities await you right now? Visit us at www.rehabcarejobs.com! Best of luck to you in your job search!