Quality sources of job leads are important, whether you have many years of massage experience or if you are embarking on a new career as a massage therapist.
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The Browsing Phase
Before you seriously tackle the job of finding a job, take time to browse through multiple sources of leads, just to get an idea of what employers are looking for and what types of jobs are available. Some ads will specify the qualifications required, job benefits, and earning potential. When you’re in the browsing phase, you don’t care about the geographic location of jobs. At this point, you’re just judging “the lay of the land.” Looking at a large volume of ads should give you an idea of where the most jobs are—spas, fitness centers, chiropractors, to name a few.
Talking to friends is another good browsing source. Ask your friends who are not massage therapists where they like to get massage, and why. Ask your massage therapist friends what they’ve heard about working environments at different employers.
The Action Phase
When you are ready to start interviewing for a job, you will need to narrow your search to sources that carry job openings only in your geographic area. Your questions to friends now become more focused, such as, “Do you know the person who does the hiring at such-and-such place, and may I use you as a reference?”
The following sources are good for researching job openings:
- AMTA Job Bank
- Schools with massage training programs
- Classified ads in local and regional newspapers and newsletters
- Classified ads in massage and health care publications
- Chapter newsletters
- Other massage therapists
- Non-massage-therapist friends who get massage