How To Write The Perfect Veterinary Resume – 5 Essential Tips
Whether you’re a fresh-out-of-university graduate Vet, an experienced Emergency Veterinary Surgeon with decades of experience or a Vet Nurse with oodles of practical experience, when it comes time to make your next career step, your Resume* must include these 5 critical elements. Including these 5 key components will help you clarify your approach, ensure that you focus on your key skills and accomplishments, and craft a CV* that will make sure you stand out from the crowd.
Remember, the purpose of a resume is to get you an interview, not get you the job all by itself.
State An Objective
By including your objective for your next career step you are quickly telling your potential employer three key things
- What position you are best suited for
- What level of responsibility you are seeking
- An introduction and guide to the rest of your resume
This is a genuine art form as you have only two lines of text to create your first impression; keep it short and to the point like a haiku.
Highlight Measurable Achievements
Most employers can tell from your previous job titles what you were responsible for from a task and activity perspective. They are much more interested in knowing what results you were able to achieve in each role. Make these statements in bullet form and find a harmony between creating a positive impression and not overselling your abilities.
Be A Little Creative
Today employers will see at least thirty but often one hundred resumes for a particularly appealing role so you need to make sure that you stand out from every angle. You literally have three seconds to make your way onto the shortlist pile.
So, look for a resume online with a little creative flair – try https://www.resume.com/builder as a starting point – but don’t go overboard; choose a blue or green theme with plenty of white space as these make the best impression.
More Than Two Pages Is Too Much
At McDonalds the saying goes “Two deep is too deep” at their counters; it’s the same with Vet and Vet Nurse resumes. You have a story to tell, but you also need to realise that you only have those three seconds mentioned earlier to gain the employers attention, but not overwhelm them with too much information. Remember, the purpose of a great resume is to get you to an interview, not get you the job by itself – that just doesn’t happen.
Check Spelling & Grammar
So many times we see resumes that talk about professionalism, quality and attention to detail, and then go on to include spulling (spelling) and basic grandma (grammar) errors.
Make sure that you do more than run a simple Word spellcheck. Have someone else read your resume as they have a fresh set of eyes and will pick up things that you will miss. Another tip is to read you resume aloud, to yourself and to someone else; this is an ideal final check to ensure that it all makes sense and is well balanced and focused.
Is there such a thing as the perfect resume?
No, but if you include these five essentials you will be ahead of ninety percent of the other applicants and well on your way to that interview.
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* The terms Resume and CV (Curriculum Vitae) are interchangeable.