Taking some time to research employers before applying for a job as a massage therapist will help you find the right fit for you and get your career started on the right foot.
It’s important to consider the cultural fit of the companies you apply for. That is, does the company’s values match your own, and do you think you’ll be happy working in the environment they provide?
Here’s how to assess potential employers to find the right fit for you:
- What facilities do they provide? Consider attending the clinic as a paying customer before you apply for a job to assess the facilities they provide and whether you feel these will be sufficient for you to do your job to the best of your ability.
- What are the company’s values? Read the company’s website and check out their social media feeds to figure out what’s important to them. Also read client reviews online to assess their customer service satisfaction levels.
- How long have they been around? Working for a new company can be exciting, however if you’re looking for something more stable, go for an employer who has been operating for a number of years with proven success.
- What treatments do they offer? Have a look at the range of massage treatments the company offers. You want to make sure that your skill set will be catered for, but also look for new areas that you might want to learn more about in the future.
- Who are your colleagues? Read staff profiles to get a feel for the people you’ll be working with. Make sure your fellow massage therapists all have nationally recognised qualifications and are people you’ll feel comfortable learning from.
- What are the pay rates? You’re well within your rights to ask about pay rates during a job interview – but leave it to the end of the conversation so you don’t appear over eager about money. After all, if you feel under valued you likely won’t stick around for the long haul.