5 Essential Tips For A Great Veterinary Resume

How To Write The Best Veterinary Resume

Whether you’re a fresh out of university graduate Vet, an experienced Clinician 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 should include these five critical elements. Including these five key components will help you clarify your thinking, focus on key skills and accomplishments, and craft a résumé that will help you stand out from the crowd.

Remember, the purpose of a resume is to get you an interview, not get you the job by itself.

State An Objective For Your Next Career Step

By including your career objective 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.

Check Spelling

So many times we see resumes that talk about professionalism, quality and attention to detail, and then go on to include spelling and basic 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 all makes sense.

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.

Keep an eye out for our next post – Winning the first five minutes of your interview.

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