This episode is the first in a miniseries we’re calling Passion Meets Paycheck, and it’s all about helping you feel prepared to find the right OT job for YOU! 

After years of school and fieldwork, the rush of FINALLY being an OT or OTA is thrilling. But, when it comes to finding a job, feelings of stress and confusion tend to set in. 

In celebration of all the recent OT graduates, we talked with OTs who have graduated in the past few years to uncork some of the do’s, don’ts and helpful tips to navigating the confusing job search. Each guest has a unique journey to finding their first position as an OT and wisdom that will help YOU take your next steps in your own journey.

In this episode, we talked with Colette Chapp, MS, OTRL, an OT who graduated last December and has found herself employed in THREE different positions. She talks about her application, interview, and negotiation processes, identifying some red flags that made her think twice before accepting a job, and “green flags” that gave her the confidence to say YES to an offer (3 times!).

Colette shared that despite submitting dozens of applications, she only heard back from half of the employers. While this is common, rarely are people warned about this truth. If you are applying for your first job as an OT or OTA, be confident in your skills and keep putting yourself out there – you WILL find the right job for you.

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