Is Your Physiotherapy Resume up to date?

When last did you look at your resume? If your resume was a software how updated or outdated would it be?
Are you aware of skills employers these days expect Physiotherapists to have? Have you highlighted your most recent achievements in your place of work or do you only add your most recent academic achievements?
What do employers really expect to see in your CV? Do you feel your CV has communicated what the employer or reader would expect to know? Can someone really know you through your CV or is it just a basic chronological template?

Check these 5 tips to ensure you Physiotherapy Resume is on point:

1. When applying for a job, ensure you pay attention to the skills the employer has requested. Check your CV to ensure these requirements are clearly highlighted.
Some jobs are likely to require more skills or information that you already have on your CV. Take time out to add or highlight these skills.

2. Always begin your resume with a brief but concise objective. This opening is an opportunity to introduce yourself from the perspective of your strengths.
Popular information you may put here are your degree, extra certifications, years of experience and conditions you've handled.

3. When charting your work history meticulously touch on areas like
- Awards you have received for your performance at work.
- Physiotherapy treatment modalities you have used and are proficient in, especially new or emerging technologies.
- Patients' conditions you have successfully managed, especially if you had a breakthrough as a result of research or that resulted in research.
- Your work setting; whether a public or private healthcare provider, outpatient, number of beds e.t.c.

4. Include volunteer activities probably with your registration body or Physiotherapy association, and articles you may have written (A good place to publish your articles for free is this blog, "Everything Physio").

5. Research your employer if you can, see how your skills, experience and personality can fit in and highlight this in your CV objectives section. Let it be the first thing they see about you.



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Highest Paying Cities to Work in the US

The average annual salary of Physiotherapists in the United States in 2014 was $82,390 on average, and an average hourly wage of $39.61, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Physiotherapy jobs in the US are expected to increase by 34% over the next few years, so it's still looking good for physical therapists.

The top ten Cities in the US where Physiotherapists are paid the highest hourly wages are:

1. California $37.00
2. New Jersey $36.46
3. Maryland $36.11
4. Nevada $26.07
5. Rhode Island $35.92
6. Alaska $35.78
7. Texas $35.54
8. Louisiana $35.23
9. Illinois $35.11
10. West Virginia $35.10

Beyond the actual salary, there are other factors to consider when looking out for the best places to live as a physiotherapist.

You need to consider the cost of living in that city, s high salary with high cost of living may be similar to pouring gallons of water into a large basket if you don't do your research well.

If work-life balance is important to you, then you should also research your options. Of what benefit is it to earn a huge salary that you hardly get any time to enjoy? You end up being"rich", "overworked" and "grumpy".

If your social life means anything to you, then you may consider working in a more vibrant city with a healthy nightlife. Having where to go aside from "work" will always help rejig your mental machine!

So besides the cities that pay Physiotherapists the highest salaries in the US, these are the top 5 States for Physiotherapists to live in the US: Texas, Massachusetts, California, Connecticut and Nevada.


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6 New Non-Traditional Areas Physiotherapists Can Practice

Pamela Duffy PT.MEd.OCS has highlighted what APTA terms "Emerging Areas" for Physiotherapy Practice. These new areas are steadily experiencing an increase in Physiotherapists participation.

These 6 new emerging non traditional areas identified by American Physical Therapy Association are:

1. Performing Arts
2. Obesity Management
3. Health Clubs
4. Animal Therapy
5. Women's Health
6. Emergency/Urgent Care

Performing Arts
Professionals in the Performing Arts whose careers depend on their bodies being in good shape are becoming beneficiaries of physical therapy "behind the scenes". Examples of professionals in this field are figure skaters, dancers, musicians, gymnasts, circus performers, dancers, actors and musicians.
When it comes to prevention of rehabilitation from injuries, the  physical therapist is beginning to gain relevance.

Obesity Management
When it comes to Obesity management, one would wonder why it's still an "emerging area" for Physiotherapy practice. Physiotherapists are qualified to develop and supervise wellness programs for the obese and should be the preferred practitioners, especially for those who are prone to injury or conditions like stroke, arthritis, heart disease and diabetes.

Health Clubs
It's not uncommon these days to see a physiotherapist who runs a health club. According to Pamela, " Health clubs welcome the credibility PTs provide, and patients like the convenience of receiving treatment in a health club. In addition, patients benefit from the opportunity to transition seamlessly from a hands-on PT program to an independent wellness and fitness program."

Women's Health
It's quite interesting that these days, women are showing preference for health practitioners that specialize in "Women's Health". Physiotherapists that specialize in women's health handle cases such as post-mastectomy care, fitness, incontinence and osteoporosis, among others.

Animal Therapy
A growing number of physical therapists are now involved in animal rehabilitation, working with mostly horses and dogs.

Emergency Department
Some hospitals now have physical therapists working in their Emergency department. A patient in the emergency ward that has access to physical therapy is a big plus on the path of recovery. Conditions topping the list in the emergency department are acute musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions, especially Back pain.


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Highlights of Australia's Immigration Recent Update

1. Australian Govt Cuts Immigration by 15%. Prime minister, Scott Morrison has announcedthat the government will be capping permanent migration at 160,000 for the next four years, this is a drop compared to the previous cap of 190,000.

2. Two new regional visas for skilled workers have been introduced. Foreigners that obtain these visas are  required to stay outside Australia's biggest cities for three years before they can be elligible for a permanent residence. This Visa will cover 23,000 new entrants.

3. People entering Australia under these new regional visas will of course enjoy some privileges as a form of motivation. They will be given priority in their visa processing and have access to a larger pool of available jobs.

4. If you breach the conditions of these new visas by relocating to the big cities you will not be eligible for permanent residence.

5. International students are not left out. 1,000 scholarships will also be offered to encourage more international students to study at regional universities, outside of Australia’s big cities. These scholarships which are also available to local students, are approximately worth $15,000.

6. International students who go for and get these scholarships will also get an extra one year "post-study" work visa.

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