salary negotiation for ots

Know Your Worth, Get the Job: Salary Negotiation for OTs

The search

When we’re fresh out of school, many of us are interested in different areas: everything from pediatrics to geriatrics, hospitals to home health. How do you decide which direction to go in? I live in a rural area where OTs are rare, and there were several random options within a 50-mile radius.

Right after graduation, I was more focused on landing my first job than on what setting it was in, so I applied to everything, not knowing what would stick. As a result, I had the opportunity to go on several interviews, some of which I considered practice since I didn’t have much experience as an interviewee.

I found that interviewing was a bit like dating – you’ll know within the first few minutes if there’s chemistry with the hiring manager, coworkers, and facility. Some places I walked out of knowing it wasn’t right for me. Some I wanted to run out of — fast! But there was one where I could immediately see myself working, and that’s the job I ultimately accepted.

Looking back, there are some things I wish I’d known before accepting that job offer, and chief among them is how I could have negotiated my starting salary.

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About Kate Washa Boyd

Kate Washa Boyd
MS, OTR/L | LSVT BIG® Certified Clinician | Founder, Kate graduated from East Carolina University in 2016, and works with adults with special needs.

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