Making Yourself Marketable
To U.S. Employers
Thursday, August 26, 2010
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Who We Are
Passport USA is a Division of Health Carousel,
LLC and Health Carousel Philippines.
Through Passport USA international
healthcare professionals can unlock their career
potential and fulfill their dreams in America.
• Steve Albert, Juris Doctorate
– Director of Program Development, Passport USA
• Katie Glaser, Juris Doctorate
– International Account Manager/Recruiter
Importance Of Being Marketable
• The purpose of this webinar is to give you tips to ways to
make yourself more marketable to U.S. employers.
• In the current economic environment, with so many
international candidates trying to come and work in the United
States it is important to distinguish yourself in a job market
filled with so many applicants.
• You can increase your chances for success in the U.S.
healthcare market by sharpening your skills and making
yourself more attractive to the client.
• To help you reach your goal of getting to the U.S. and securing a
position, today we will discuss the following topics:
– Resume Tips and Samples
– Preferred Employment Experience
– Interview Skills
Develop An Impressive Resume
• The resume is one of the best ways to separate yourself from other
• It's true that employers hire people, not pieces of paper. On the
other hand, an impressive resume that documents evidence of
recent and relevant work experience, academic excellence,
demonstrated leadership, continued professional development,
personal initiative and well developed social skills will definitely get
the attention of hiring managers.
• The key is to present written credentials that depict you as a
healthcare professional who "stands out from the crowd" as an
exceptionally qualified prospective hire.
General Resume Rules
• As a general rule, your resume should include all colleges you've
attended after high school and all job experiences within the last 10
years. Include dates of employment and education. Use until
“present” to keep your resume fresh.
• The more information you provide will help to better assess your
background. The most important information should be on the first
• Highlight special training and techniques in which you have taken
• Exclude references, and personal information (marital status,
children, religious affiliations).
General Resume Rules Continued
• Keep updating your resume so that it represents all the current and
• U.S. employers are more accustomed to the term “internship” rather
• Include a summary or an objective statement in your resume. Think
in terms of what an employer would want.
• Fill in the gaps of your work history if any. Provide explanations of
periods working outside of your professional field. Be able to explain
how you have kept your professional skills up-to-date.
• Keep your resume as simple as possible without including any crazy
fonts and colors.
Physical Therapy Resumes
• Mention what methods and modalities you have used with patients.
This can include the use of light or something like acupressure and
acupuncture. Strong manual skills are at a premium in the U.S.
• Include a list of the type of equipment you are familiar with, make
sure you list both diagnostic and treatment machines.
• List certifications you have obtained or any training sessions you
have attended. Remember these certifications and training
sessions offer an assurance to employers that you are well qualified
to perform certain job duties and tasks. These will help you stand
out from other candidates!
• Two sample resumes will be posted on our website following
Preferred Job Experience
• It is critically important to get current experience in your profession.
Most clients want to know you are dedicated to your profession and
that you are getting up to date experience.
• Work outside of the profession that you are interviewing for should
not be highlighted or the focus.
• The most desired work experience for Physical Therapists would be:
– Hospital (in and out patient)
– Therapy Clinics
– Home Health
• If you are having a hard time getting a positions in one of the desired
settings because of lack of job openings or experience you should
try to internship/volunteer. Be ready to explain your situation to
• Think of the internship/volunteer position as an opportunity to get
your foot in the door. This is one of the best ways to get the inside
track to a job.
• This is a way to gain valuable knowledge and experience and to
stay involved in your profession.
Quick Tips for Phone Interviews
1. Be On Time: Be by your telephone 20 minutes ahead of time. Mentally
prepare for the interview. Make sure you have a reliable telephone
connection away from loud noises and detractions.
2. Pay Attention: Be energetic and enthusiastic. Listen closely and answer
the questions asked. Respond without cutting off the interviewer. Be sure
that you sound confident when you reply. PT managers look for people who
know what they are talking about and have the confidence to answer
questions thoroughly. Don't ramble and don't wander off track. Answer the
question and then wait for the interviewer's response.
3. Be Proactive: Be prepared with answers to potential questions.
4. Practice: Ask a family member or friend to give you a mock interview. This
will help you to stay calm during the interview and speak articulately.
Additional Interview Tips
1. Do Research on the Position and Job in Advance: If possible
visit the employers website. View the job or similar job postings.
2. Research the Geographic Area: Show that you are interested and
knowledgeable about working in the US. Learn about the state, city.
What is the region known for, sports teams, weather etc.
3. Be Articulate – Speak Clearly: One of the underlying purposes of
the interview is to assess your communication skills.
4. Project Enthusiasm: Employers look for enthusiastic, up-beat,
5. Never Ask About Money or Benefits on the First Interview.
Sample Interview Questions
• What do you like about being a physical therapist?
• What makes a good physical therapist?
• Describe the cases and patients that you have handled?
• List 5 traits that a successful physical therapist needs. From this list, which is
your weakest trait?
• What made you want to become a physiotherapist?
• Not all patients cooperate when you are working with them. Describe a
situation where you had to work with a uncooperative or even combative
patient. What did you do?
• Why should we hire you to be our physical therapist? What distinguishes you?
• Why do you want to work as a physical therapist in the United States?
Passport USA Program Overview
• Program Advantages
– Overtime and holiday pay
– Up to 3 weeks off
– Healthcare, dental and life insurance
– Short / long term disability and malpractice insurance
– Workers compensation insurance
– Continuing education reimbursement
• Referral bonuses
The FSBPT Suspension of NPTE
• Until this matter is resolved, Passport USA will not stop
processing candidates for H-1B’s or EB-2’s. You should have
full confidence in our abilities to get you here to the United
States as licensed physical therapists in a timely manner.
• Regardless of the FSBPT Suspension of the NPTE, it is VERY
important that PTs start the process of coming to the United
• There are many requirements that need to be done before a
candidate is ready to come and take NPTE. The process can be
lengthy so you should start now so you are not left behind!
High Standards and Great Benefits
Passport USA holds itself to the highest standards
of ethical recruitment of healthcare professionals.
Our physical and occupational therapy recruitment program:
• Pays bonuses to candidates with NPTE/NBCOT, Visa Screen, and State
• Pays for all costs associated with NPTE/NBCOT, Visa Screen and State
Licenses for candidates that need these items.
• Pays for all visa, transportation, initial housing and living expenses.
• Provides 3 weeks vacation, complete insurance, continuing education,
health care and 401 K savings match benefits.
• Provides competitive hourly wages and annual raises.
• Provides generous referral bonuses.
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US Offices: Katie Glaser at
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