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5 Ways to Improve Your Veterinary Resume

By May 19, 2022May 20th, 2022No Comments

Whether you’re entering the veterinary field fresh out of school, or you’re an experienced professional looking for new opportunities, it’s essential that you have an attention-getting veterinary resume that will get you noticed quickly when you’re starting or changing your career path. Your resume is your first impression on a prospective employer, and you only have a few seconds to gain the attention of a busy hiring manager who is wading through a stack of applications, so you have to make it count. Here are a few proven ways to create a veterinary resume that will get you an interview.

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Include a Cover Letter

Though some say they’re obsolete, most companies still expect a cover letter on a resume. This is a brief summary of your qualifications, the position you’re applying for, and what you can do for the company if you are hired. Tell them why you’re the best person for the job, from their perspective. Keep it short, direct, and professional.

Use Appropriate Keywords

Many companies use automated Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to scan resumes looking for keywords that match particular job requirements before they ever get to a hiring manager. Do some research on the words associated with the position you’re applying for. There are websites online that can give you suggestions for good keywords to use for veterinary positions.

Emphasize results, not responsibilities.

An employer can usually tell from the title of your previous position what your responsibilities were, although you should mention them. Instead, highlight what you achieved in that position. List your accomplishments in a succinct, bullet-point format.

Add some personal style.

It’s a good idea to include a little of a personal touch in your resume as long as you don’t overdo it. Keep in mind that hiring managers are looking at a lot of resumes typed on brightly colored paper using fancy fonts and images. They’re also looking at a lot that are plain and boring. Aim for somewhere in the middle, always striving to keep your resume readable and professional.

Pay attention to the details.

It’s very important to use proper grammar, spelling, and formatting throughout the text. Run it through an online checker and ask someone to proofread it for you before you submit it. Have someone write it for you if you feel insecure about doing it yourself.

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