Finding a successful travel therapy assignment: Tips and questions to guide you

May 14th, 2024 7 Min read Finding a successful travel therapy assignment: Tips and questions to guide you Blog

Travel therapy does more than benefit your career; it opens doors to diverse experiences and adventures. Whether you’re a seasoned therapist seeking new horizons or a recent graduate wanting to expand your skillset, finding the right travel therapy assignment for your situation and needs will help you have a better experience. Here are some helpful tips and questions to guide you through the process.

Compile your work experience

Your experience and expertise are crucial in identifying the best assignment for you. So, kickstart your travel therapy journey by thinking through your current situation. Where are you licensed? What experience do you have? Having this information ready to go, along with an updated resume, will help your recruiter narrow down opportunities to fit your skillset and experience.

Questions your recruiter will ask about your work experience

  • What’s your current employment situation?
  • What kind of clinical experience do you have?
  • Where are you currently licensed?
  • What settings do you have experience in?
  • What populations are you used to treating?
  • Do you have any specialized certifications?
  • What’s your availability over the next few months?
  • Do you have references who can vouch for your work experience?

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Set expectations early

Finding the right travel assignment depends on knowing what you want to get out of it. Do you prefer longer or shorter assignments? Are you looking for more flexibility and control over your career? Are there certain locations you want to explore? Is your goal to make extra money? “Understanding your preferences and needs sets the stage for a successful placement,” says Andy Sischo, CompHealth allied sales manager.

Quote from Andy Sischo about understanding your assignment preferences for a successful travel therapy assignment

Questions your recruiter will ask about your expectations

  • What do you want to get out of your travel assignment?
  • What’s your ideal situation?
  • How often do you want to work?
  • What hours and shifts do you prefer?
  • Which states and cities do you want to work in?
  • What type of work settings and conditions do you prefer?
  • Is anyone traveling with you?
  • Do you have housing preferences?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • What places are you interested in visiting?

Don’t forget to ask questions

Take advantage of the time you spend with your recruiter to get answers to your questions as well. Here are some questions to consider asking:

  • How long does it take to become credentialed to work, and what does the agency do to help facilitate that process?
  • If I need a license in a new state, what assistance do you provide in the process?
  • What specific expenses does the agency pay for and what do I need to pay for out of pocket? (e.g., licensing, airfare, hotel, car rental, etc.)
  • What are the housing options available?
  • How do I report my time and submit reimbursement requests?
  • When and how will I be paid?
  • What assignments are available in my specialty?

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Embrace flexibility

Flexibility is the cornerstone of a successful travel therapy experience. While 13-week assignments are the norm, the variety of settings and locations allows for endless possibilities.

“Keeping an open mind and exploring multiple options enhances your chances of finding the perfect fit,” Andy explains. “Be prepared to adapt to new environments and take advantage of opportunities for personal and professional development.”

Quote from Andy Sischo about keeping an open mind to help you find the best travel therapy assignment

Choose a staffing partner that’s right for you

Effective communication is key to a successful partnership with your recruiter and, ultimately, a positive travel therapy experience. Make sure you partner with a recruiter who listens to your needs and preferences and a staffing agency that supports you every step of the way.

“I cannot say enough good things about the wonderful experience I have had working with everyone at CompHealth,” occupational therapist Kimberly C. shares. “Though it was a lot of paperwork in the beginning, there was always someone there willing to assist in any way they could. They will do everything in their power to help you obtain your license, including paying all fees and sending all applications and paperwork. You have to fill out the applications, and you may be required to spend some money upfront, but CompHealth will reimburse you in a timely manner.” 

Communication is the key to success

Finding the right travel therapy assignment requires some work. But by communicating your expectations upfront and leveraging CompHealth’s resources and support, you’ll be on your way to a successful experience in no time.  

Ready to explore your next travel therapy assignment? Contact CompHealth at 800.453.3030 or browse today's available opportunities to kickstart your journey.



Elizabeth Cornwall

Liz is a communications manager based in Salt Lake City. For more than a decade, she’s done a little bit of everything in the communications world — from writing about locum tenens and travel nursing, to working as an executive speech writer, to becoming a social media influencer in the world of micro goldendoodles.

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