Category: Professional Issues

Getting What You Want in Job Negotiations

job negotiationsCongratulations! You have made it through the interviews, the background checks, and there is a school therapy job offer sitting on the table, just waiting for you. It’s almost a perfect scenario. The only problem is that the compensation package isn’t quite what you were hoping for. Whether it's the CEU budget, reimbursements, or pay itself, something is missing. So now what do you do? Read More »

Getting Off to a Good Start in Speech Therapy

speech therapy startThe start of the new school year is a special time for students and the speech language pathologist that works with them. It's a fresh beginning for many and the opportunity to move forward toward speech and language goals. Thanks to this, it is extremely important not to take this period for granted. Embrace the ability to change items up, get to know your students better, and allow them to get to know you. Read More »

Succeeding in Your Rookie Year as a School Based Therapist

new speech therapistEveryone has been there. It’s your first year on the job. Even if you are an experienced therapist, if you’re making the transition to working in a school setting, you’ll have a bit of a learning curve. If you are working as a school-based occupational, physical, or speech therapist for the first time, don’t sweat it. There are several things you can do to make your rookie year go well.  Read More »

Getting Ready to Start a New Academic Year in SLP

Getting Ready to Start a New Academic Year in SLP The summer months move quickly, and before you know it, a new academic year will begin. Take a little time before everything gets hectic to stop and refocus on a few items for the upcoming year. While speech therapy may not have ended over the summer months for some children, others will be coming back in August and September after time off. In addition to this, new students will also begin working with you in the upcoming year. Read More »

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month

As a school-based bilingual speech and language pathologist, May is typically the time of year when I am buried under evaluations and IEP meetings.  However, I try not to let this month pass me by without doing an activity at school for the American Speech and Hearing Association’sBetter Hearing and Speech Month”.  It is a wonderful way to share what I love to do.  Being a bilingual speech and language pathologist can be very challenging, but I continue to love what I do every day. Read More »

Prepare to Rock the CF Interview

Ready to start interviewing for your Clinical Fellowship?

As the Recruitment Director for Bilingual Therapies, part of my role is help prepare Clinical Fellows for some pretty tough interviewing and to ensure that my CFs have the competitive edge. Here are my top seven recommendations:

1.      Please Enjoy the Music Do get rid of ring back tones.  Potential employers do want to speak with you, but don’t want to “enjoy” the music while your phone rings. Update your voicemail message. It should clearly state your first name and not contain any music. And don’t go MIA.  As a graduate student, we know you are extremely busy, but all telephone calls should be returned within 24 hours.  It is much better to call back a potential employer and set-up a time to speak in a day or two  rather than to call back in two weeks and lose out on what might have been an awesome opportunity.  2.      No Polyester Please Do invest in a good quality, tailored suit.  No polyester. Make sure that it fits perfectly.  Ladies, invest in both slacks and an A-line skirt to match the blazer.  You will need the skirt for a first interview. Wear a coordinating button-down shirt or blouse, nothing sleeveless. Men, a serious tie is a must. Do slick back very trendy hair styles.  Visible body piercing should be taken out and cover tattoos. 3.      Grand Entrance If you are getting a ride, ask that person to drop you off and to wait for you somewhere else.  Do not invite the driver to wait in the lobby during your interview.  Be punctual, but don’t arrive too early.  Five minutes before your interview is fine. 4.      Round and Round Do not talk in circles. Practice clearly and directly answering potential interview questions. Be specific and provide examples. Tape record yourself.  You should be able to provide a clear answer in sixty seconds or less. Try to eliminate “um,” “like,” and “you know” .  Ask your current externship mentor to ask you a few interview questions and provide you with specific feedback. 5.      Relax Do relax—a little.  I spend the first five minutes of an interview making small talk.  Your response during casual conversation is an excellent gage if you will be a fit with the organization’s culture.  Do be honest but know that the chatting is still part of the interview. 6.      Bottom Line Do thoroughly research the company beforehand and ask thoughtful questions.  Can you see yourself learning, growing and contributing with this organization?  Will you have excellent supervision and a plan for becoming an independent clinician?  No monetary package can make-up for building into your future as a therapist.  Move on to find the right fit if these pieces are not present. 7.      It’s a Small World After All Don’t write the organization off if during the interview you feel that the position isn’t a good fit for you.  Write a hand-written thank you note to everyone that interviewed you.  Never burn bridges.  You never know where your future will lead you or to where it will take you back.   Read More »