Getting Your First Job

Getting your first job can be a nerve-wracking experience. You might wonder how you’ll be able to get your foot in the door without prior experience or worry about how your first job interview may go. Luckily, we know a thing or two about how to find work in the veterinary field.

Resume GraphicUse these tips to successfully land your first job:

1. Create a resume
Having a resume is important when applying to any job. Find a template that’s both professional and relevant and fill it out in full. List any academic honors you’ve received, sports you’ve played, clubs you’ve participated in, and volunteer work you’ve done. Discuss any long term commitments you’ve made - it will prove that you’re reliable.

2. Identify your skills - and emphasize them
You don’t necessarily need to have had a prior job to showcase your skill set. Even without professional experience, you can bring a lot to the table. Think about your skills - communication, computer skills, self-management, the ability to collaborate, etc. - and how you’ve used them to your advantage in the past. Be prepared to talk about them.

3. Get comfortable pitching yourself
Interviewing can be stressful, especially for the first time. That’s why it’s a good idea to get comfortable pitching yourself to others. Practice talking about yourself, how your skills are relevant to the job you want, and why you want the job you’re applying to. Try enlisting a friend or parent to conduct a mock interview.

4. Utilize apps and job boards
Utilize both apps and job boards to find a position you’d like to apply to. You can use websites such as Indeed, Monster, and ZipRecruiter to assist you in your search. If you don’t already have one, set up a LinkedIn account and connect with employers in your area - and don’t forget to leverage any connections you may have already established.

5. Make a good impression
You must make a good impression when applying for a job. If you’re applying online, include an original cover letter, unless otherwise specified. If the company accepts in-person applications, show up with your resume, your application, and a positive attitude. Dress smart and avoid wearing ripped jeans, T-shirts, flip flops, or sneakers.

Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to receiving your first job offer.

If you’re a college student studying to be a veterinarian or veterinary technician and you’re looking to land a job or externship, check out our article, Career Fair Tips to Help You Succeed.