Should You Develop a Portfolio in Addition to Your Speech Pathology Resume?

If you work as a traveling speech therapist you’ll build your skills in a great variety of areas, areas you may not have been able to if you stayed put in one hospital or clinic for several months or years.

Want an example? An at article mentions that a traveling speech therapist might very well come across a patient presenting the extremely rare – but not unheard of – condition of Foreign Accent Syndrome, in which an individual suddenly starts to speak in a foreign accent. The patient still speaks in his or her native language, but just with a foreign accent.

“Imagine,” the article states, “the rare and unusual cases you could have access to by taking on speech therapist travel jobs! When you work in a wide variety of places, the chance of encountering unusual and rare speech disorders is greater than it would be if you worked at the same location.”

In fact, the more you can build an actual portfolio showing your experience in treating these types of conditions, the greater your cache will be with employers – both travel therapist services such as MedPro Healthcare Staffing, as well as clinics, hospitals and other healthcare operations needing speech therapists.

Just pretend you’re a hiring manager. Who would you be more interested in interviewing (and offering a position to)? The speech therapist who has “just” worked as a therapist in a suburban clinic for a number of years? Or would you sit up and take notice of the CV submitted by a therapist who offers a document, as the article notes, of “specific treatment plans that you’ve developed after encountering unusual or rare speech disorders!”?

Put another way (according to the article):

Anyone applying for speech language pathologist jobs presents a resume for the interview, but someone able to learn from unique speech therapy travel jobs has a portfolio.

Of course, there’s no guarantee you’ll encounter the more interesting speech therapy cases when working on travel therapy assignments. But you will have the opportunity to work with patients from all walks of life and socioeconomic backgrounds as you travel from clinics in rural areas to hospitals in some of the country’s most cosmopolitan cities.

“Taking speech therapist travel jobs is the kind of career decision that can literally introduce you to a whole new medical work where everything you learn only helps to propel your career even further,” the article concludes.

Have you encountered rare or unusual speech pathologies at your employer or as a traveling therapist? If so, why not take your highly regarded experience to clinics and hospitals all over the country as a traveling speech therapist? Contact a MedPro Healthcare Staffing recruiter today; we’d love to speak to you about the many traveling therapist opportunities we offer!

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