Career Tips

You did it! You've hustled through four years of veterinary school, internships, externships, and more hard work, and you're excited to start applying for your very first veterinary job.

Remember – first impressions are everything. You've got to make sure that your application is the best representation of yourself and makes potential new employers want to meet with you. Follow these tips below to land the veterinary position you’ve been working so hard for.

Follow these tips for applying for your first veterinary job.Keep it short and sweet.

Pay attention to the request for a resume versus a CV to apply for a position. More often than not, a short resume is all you need – one to two pages, max. Anything more than that can overwhelm the reader and make it difficult for them to see what sets you apart from the rest. Don't get overlooked!

Ditch the "objective."

Objectives are really not necessary for a professional position, unless you're using it to explain something about your application that doesn't align with what you're applying for. For example, you may want to note that you're looking for a position in the Chicago area if you're moving there from Tennessee, or moving from a large animal focus to small animal medicine.

Include all of your relevant hands-on experience.

This includes being a veterinary assistant or technician at a hospital before school or during breaks. While an employer may want to hear about your externships, all of your clinical experience is great to highlight as well. Same goes for your customer service positions. If you have the room for it (remember, you want to keep it short), include that waitressing job or that time you answered phones. It is important to show that you can connect with clients and build their trust in your recommendations.

Remember to keep it concise and relevant. If someone wants to know the details of your academic career, including publications and research, they will ask for a CV.

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It's a New Year, so why not make healthy work habits a priority in 2017? Follow these 5 simple steps for a less stressful work environment, and a healthier, happier you. 

  1. healthy-lifesytle-350pxBring a healthy lunch. Meal prepping is the easiest way to kick temptation to the curb. Make sure you pack a well-balanced lunch every day, and that you have healthy snacks stored away, too. Or even better, eat healthy with a co-worker - each of you can bring part of a nutritious lunch to share.

  2. Take a walk during your break. Even though you may be on your feet all day, the change in scenery can help clear your head. A quick walk outside can help you take your mind off of work, de-stress, and get some vitamin D in as well.

  3. Stay hydrated. Don't forget to drink water throughout the day. Especially during these winter months when temperatures drop and the air gets drier, water is our best defense against dehydrated skin. Keep a water bottle tucked away in an area that clients can't see, but is easy for you to grab on the go.

  4. Wash your hands. It's always important to wash your hands after meeting new clients or handling pets, but now it is especially important because it's flu season. Help stop the spread of germs by taking a quick minute to wash your hands with soap or sanitizer. 

  5. Keep your workspace clean. Shared work spaces can be difficult to keep organized, and the clutter can negatively affect you and your co-workers. Assign each team member with an area in the practice and hold each other responsible for keeping it tidy.
Eat healthy with a co-worker- each of you can bring part of a nutritious lunch to share.
  1. Top 10 Interview TipsLet's start with the basics – remember to proof-read your resume for spelling and grammatical errors!

  2. Make sure your resume summary or goal is appropriate for the type of job you are applying to. For example, when applying for a small animal-only position, make sure you stress your excitement over small animal medicine and client communication - not your passion for wildlife.

  3. Double check that your email address is appropriate. Instead of "hippiegirl123" use a more formal format, like the initial of your first name and your full last name.

  4. Do your research and read up on the practice you are interviewing with.

  5. Ask hospital-specific questions like, what practice management software do they use, what a typical case load looks like, their scheduling, etc., so you know what you're in for.

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