Say Hello! to Rob Nivala — Career Consultant
Nice to Meet You!I love helping people grow both professionally and personally. I am extremely goal focused and will do my best to help all my therapists get to where they want to be whether they are day one new grads or 20 year veterans. I believe the biggest key to success is having a strong team behind you working together.
Fun FactI am an avid traveler and cook. On each of my trips I collect recipes to use in my kitchen at home. On weekends where we can’t travel farther my wife, daughter and I explore Colorado and can usually be found out in the mountains in one of the many parks.
What My Travelers Have to Say Give Feedback
- When looking for a traveling/contract therapy job there are an overwhelming amount of options. All companies have these tactics they use to persuade you to work for them and everyone is seemingly pleasant but you never know what you are really walking in to because when you work for these types of companies you do not technically meet anyone from the company in person. You are going based off of a friendly voice and you hope for the best that your recruiter will be a good fit. I was very lucky to have Rob as my recruiter/ boss for almost a year until I found a permanent position in my hometown. He is always easily accessible via phone and email and is aware of the realities of the field. He is very familiar with the things that you need to know and how to anticipate what's ahead in between contracts. If being a traveler is the right fit for you at the time then you will be prepared with anything and everything you need to be aware of to be successful with your contracts. I have yet to find a more understanding employer who will accommodate you as best as he can given the circumstances. I anticipate working for Rob again in the future.
- I remember driving home from my old job and thinking I needed a fresh start. I knew this was the time in my life I wanted to travel and see more parts of the country; I just didn’t know how or where to start. The whole travel process seemed a little daunting to me. I applied to Advanced and connected with Rob a few days later. He made the process easy and not as stressful. I know it sounds cheesy, but he listened to what I was looking. He gave me different placement options that fit the criteria and places I was looking for. If he didn’t know the answer to one of my questions, he would find someone who could help. What I really respected was he offered honest feedback and provided me with different tips to help me be successful during the interview process. After I accepted my placement in August, he continues to make sure the placement is what I wanted and if anything is coming up that I need help with. You can defiantly tell Rob cares for his travelers. I am very thankful for all the work Rob has done in helping me start my traveling OT experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to bring housewares with me?
No, you don't need to bring your housewares with you. Advanced provides fully furnished housing, however you are free to bring with you whatever you choose.
Can I bring family or friends with me on a travel assignment?
Yes! We have many travel pairs on assignment all across the nation. Any combo will work, but trust your recruiter’s suggestions on location. You may have to be flexible with location and setting in order to travel with a friend/partner/spouse/etc.
Should I work with multiple companies when trying to find a travel therapy assignment?
You are free to do as you please but your recruiter will explain to you that working with multiple agencies can potentially prohibit you from landing that perfect placement. If a client receives your profile from many agencies, they don’t have the time to go back to each agency and you to ask which company you prefer to work through. They will simply move on to the next candidate and you might not ever know if you would have been in the running for that particular job. Interview recruiters and agencies prior to submitting to any jobs. Pick one and go with it. We hope it will be Advanced! And make sure anyone who has your resume ALWAYS asks your permission to share it with anyone. That’s our policy here at AMPS.
Is there a fee when becoming a travel therapist with Advanced?
Not at all. You become our employee and we pay you.
What type of support is provided if I have a clinical or administrative problem?
Advanced provides 24 hour customer service and has a full time Clinical Director to assist you in resolving any issues may come up.
How long are travel assignments?
Travel assignments are typically 13 weeks in duration, however this varies based on the clients' needs. School contracts are usually 9 months.