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How To Secure A Veterinary Job

How To Secure A Veterinary Job User Rating: / 0 PoorBest Miscellaneous Written by Anonymous Thursday, 13 January 2011 19:17 There are four components to landing that fabulous veterinary surgeon, nurse or veterinary locum job you have seen advertised. It doesn't matter if the advert was online or in a professional magazine or journal: the principles of impressing your future employer are the same and can be broken down ito these four components:

1. The Application There are two ways generally offered for veterinary surgeon or locum vet nurse applications these days: completing an online form or sending in a written application. These tips apply to each of them - an online form is no more than a formatted application. Rule #1 is to make sure that you answer each question 100% honestly. Not only can you not then be caught out in your lie later, but honesty tends to show through, and a future employer will be more impressed if you admit to certain failings than if you tried to be Mr. Perfect. State your qualifications without trying to place yourself a grade higher. State your experience accurately and if asked for referees provide them: do all that you can to choose referees or references that will be positive about you.

2. The CV Your veterinary CV should be professionally written, and if you cannot do it yourself have it written by a professional - there are plenty online. Here are some tips on how to put a professional looking CV together for a veterinary surgeon position:

a) Give your full name at the top, followed by your address, telephone number and email address on the left under your name and a passport-size photograph of you to the right. Don't use that dour scowling passport photograph, but have a friend or relative take a smiling one for you. An online CV should be exactly the same as a physical CV.

b) State your qualifications, starting with the most recent and working back down the page.

c) State your previous employment, again starting with the most recent. Offer a reference contact for each. Try not to leave unexplained years - people get suspicious with these. Focus on any experience as a veterinary surgeon or locum.

d) State the reasons why you want to work as a vet in that area or even with that practice. Do your homework and look the practice up online. Get some salient factors about the veterinary practice to discuss. Let your enthusiasm shine through. These are the main points of a CV - don't make it too long and format it so that it is easily read. Separate sections with a dividing line. Make sure you send your application to the address (email or postal) provided. Don't try to pull a fast one and send it to the practice owner or manager. Your application might just disappear.

3. The Interview If you are asked to attend an interview then start the homework. Find out all you can about the practice and if you see a weakness in their staff you can focus on how you can fill that gap. Try to find out how many veterinary nurses and surgeons work there and how many locum vets have to be employed. You can save them from that. On the day of the interview dress well and be yourself. Offer a firm handshake and smile when you shake hands. Look professional if you want to be considered such. Answer questions honestly. Do your homework first and have stock answers ready for stock questions. Why did you want to be a vet? Why did you become a veterinary nurse? Why small animals/a rural practice/a zoo practice? Never run down or 'bad mouth' any previous employers or colleagues. Ask questions yourself: ask the size of the veterinary practice, the main type of animals involved and anything else you can personally think of, but don't overdo it - your interviewer might be on a tight schedule.

4. The Follow Up It is very important that you follow up your interview with a 'thank you' letter. "Dear Mr. Vet, Thank you for offering me the opportunity of an interview for the position of locum veterinary surgeon. I am passionate about veterinary surgery, and am extremely thankful for the opportunity you have given me." Then offer your professional services free of charge for a period. Explain that would enable the practice to evaluate your work as a veterinary nurse or veterinary surgeon. Maybe a few days work free of charge. That will show the practice that you are serious and determined, and also let them assess your work - better the devil you know. . .

Then if you have been unsuccessful, write a similar letter, but add something along the lines of "I appreciate that I was not the best candidate this time, but will work harder and should another vacancy become available within your practice I would welcome the chance to be considered". You have to stand out from the crowd to be selected, so do that. Stand out, offer your free services, let them see how good you are and underline your CV with practical proof. What better way. . .

Angela Brewer is working as a Veterinary Recruitment Specialist for ALPHA IMPACT For more information on how to find Veterinary Jobs in the UK or to view hundreds of the latest Veterinary Job Vacancies go to: http://www.alphaimpact.com ------------------------------ Read more about Job by admin admin

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