Licensed Massage Therapist (Male, Age 22) in vancouver, WA

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job TitleLicensed Massage Therapist
Salary$30,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week40
Company Size(not answered)
Locationvancouver, WA
Years Experience1 month

Career Ratings

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Years in Career0
Education(not answered)
Income Rating0 / 10
Interest Rating0 / 10
Work-Life Rating0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating0 / 10

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Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
I work as the massage therapist at an upscale spa, and also for myself. The spa is large in portland, and is also a salon for haircare, skin care, and nail care.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
Complete chart notes for client products, massage and exercise muscles for injury/pain recovery, and relaxation.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
well compensated

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
Yes it does. I enjoy it because the people arent coming in injured (like at the clinic i worked at), so there’s less stress on me fixing a problem, and more emphasis on emotional help.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
Yes

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
Yes

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 1
Benefits: 5
Hours: 4
Co-Workers: 2
Supervisors: 3
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 7
The Actual Work: 6

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8amCheck online calendar for client appointments. Check with clinic for any appointments. Check voicemail and email for client appointments.
8am to 9amSet up massage room for first client. Go through intake for for first client (if they emailed it). Clean and organize space before client arrives.
9am to 10amClean up after first client. Fill out paperwork for first client. Put away payment from first client. Set up table for second client.
10am to 11amClean up behind second client. Make copies of forms to refill the folder. Confirm appointment with third client for later in the afternoon.
11am to 12pmRun errands: Supermarket
12pm to 1pmCheck email, voicemail, and online calendar for appointments. Return emails. Check with clinic for appointments.
1pm to 2pmTravel to clinic to pick up paycheck.Fill out patient notes for clinic patients. Wash, dry, and fold laundry.
2pm to 3pmTravel home to prepare for third client.Take personal phone call. Start laundry and clean massage room. Fold Sheets that need to be folded. Refill lotions, oils, and creams. Restock retail merchandise shelves. Restock towels and face covers.
3pm to 4pmTake third client. Clean room and area. Put away tools, and oils/lotions. Fold and put away last laundry load for the day. Gather daily payments.
4pm to 5pmREply to phone messages and emails. Confirm client appointments that were placed during the day. Run errand: deposit daily payment.
5pm to 6pmClean up any leftover mess from the day’s appointments.Fill out any remaining paperwork. Put away any client files that are left out.
6pm to 7pm
7pm to 8pm
8pm to 9pm
9pm to 10pm
10pm to 11pm
11pm to 12am

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
Craigslist

What was the application process?
spoke with HR manager about the companies reputation & practices, submitted resume, interviewed

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
I had to interview with the HR manager after sending in my resume. It was one interview, and then after the hiring, i had group orientation, followed by one on one training for two days.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
the basics. What are your strengths/weaknesses? what is your ideal work environment, what can you bring to the company, stuff like that.

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
slightly. My training was pretty fast,and some treatments i learned i havent done yet, so i hope i can remember if i do get one.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
there was school. the longer you stay in school (different states have different regulations), the more specialties you pick up, but once you get the basics you’re fine. You do have to keep taking continuing education to keep your license up to date.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
yes. since its a specialized field,thats pretty much the area your education is in.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
N/A

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
Check with your schools career and alumni services person if they have one. Then you can be put on a list to recieve all current job openings in your field. Also, if you do select a spa, do your research on it, its policies, how it treats its employees, etc, BEFORE you go into it.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
The ability to listen is a BIG part of the job. Sometimes the clients arent 100% clear about what they need, or want,and you have to rely on your own intuition and read between the lines.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
yes

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
get as much hands on practice as you can. Anyone can just rub on someone.It takes skill to be able to FEEL when something is not the way it should be. Practice, practice, practice!

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
its a springboard to a new area and industry.

What are your current career goals?
i’d like to use my knowledge in the massage industry to get myself to the top of the hospitality/spa industry.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
its a very rewarding and fun career. Its also best if you fit into a nurturing role, as it lets you take care of people. however, if you’re nto comfortable being that close and hands on with people, it is not the career for you.

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

TitleLengthSalaryDescription
Prior Job 1LMT2 months$16hrLaundry, massage, product sales
Prior Job 2LMT6 months$25hrfill chart notes, perform massage

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3

GPASchoolDegree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.2East-West college of the healing artsMassage therapy
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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