Our Top 3 C.V Writing Tips
When writing a veterinary application CV, you are trying to sell yourself to the professional world. It can be hard to confine everything about you that you consider valuable to a single page. Writing a CV can be daunting, as it stands for a lot in the job seeking process. This is why we have written our Top 3 Tips of ways to improve your CV before it even meets your employer.
A second set of eyes
Having someone else check your CV can be the difference between a fatal error and a success story. When you’ve spent hours upon hours perfecting, tweaking, and re-writing your CV, some aspects can seem to fade into the background. When you then go to proofread it, your eyes simply skip over the words that they have already read countless times. A fresh pair of eyes does more than bring a new perspective to your work. It brings you an impression of what someone thinks having read it once for the first time, just like your interviewer. If you know someone particularly qualified to read it, do so! But don’t let a lack of professional contacts stop you from getting anyone to read over and provide feedback.
Write One Veterinary Application – Make Many
When writing a CV, the best practice is to write one, catch-all, general purpose CV that is fit for almost any job you would apply for. This will be your default template. From this, make separate sub-CVs that are built specifically for each job. Use the template to maintain everything that you originally liked, but add, remove and tweak information to sell better to a particular job. Are you seeking a locum vet position? Then highlight your joys of travelling, meeting new people and working in different places. Are you a vet nurse seeking their next fixed position? Reference all the great work you did in your last fixed practice. Do this for every job you seek to apply for and your rate of success will increase dramatically.
Research your area
When applying for jobs in the veterinarian and vet nurse industry, don’t just create a veterinary application and hope for the best when you send them. When an industry is constantly evolving and adapting to the current climate, it pays to research what is changing in the industry. By finding out what employers are particularly searching for, you can tailor your veterinary application CV to include all their ‘hot points’. For example, if you see a job seeking a vet nurse for small animals, you can highlight your work with them. Furthermore, you can observe which areas employers are struggling to find candidates for. Is there a lack of locum vet nurses in your area? Capitalise on it!