The importance of writing a good CV, that truly represents your skills and what you have to offer, cannot be overemphasised.
As your agency, we review your CV to gather vital information about your skills and abilities to best represent you to the employer. Even when applying for a position through an agency, be it locum or permanent, the client employer still needs to review your CV to ensure you have the skills and experience they are looking for.
Invest some time working on your CV to give yourself the best chance of repeat permanent or locum job offers and maximise your earning potential.
There are many resources available on the web that can help you write a good CV, but what makes a good veterinary CV?
Let’s take a look at the winning formula for writing a killer veterinary CV.
DO NOT Include:
BE AWARE: Employers may look you up on social media or carry out a simple Google search. This is becoming increasingly popular and many employers’ do it as part of their recruitment process. Ask yourself, would a search reveal any photos or information that would not be appropriate for an employer to see?
If the answer is yes, you may need to review your social media settings or remove the images and posts in question.
An introduction or personal profile paragraph is a good start to a CV. It provides an overview with context about you and your veterinary career, but make sure you keep it relevant. Include details about the type of vet/vet nurse you are, any clinical interests or special expertise, and some simple details about yourself and your situation, as well as your desired next career move.
How to perfectly balance personal with professional?
Your employment profile is the most important part of your CV as it’s the part prospective employers will be most interested in. Be concise and don’t leave employers to make assumptions.
It may seem obvious but it’s important to accurately illustrate and promote your skills, and only ever use real examples. Each role that you list is an opportunity to show what you’ve been doing and, in most cases, will show your experience and skill set expanding throughout your career. Do not lie in your CV. Your experience is unique to you so your CV will always be unique too. An employer, be it a permanent or locum employer, will want to read your CV to get an initial impression of how you could benefit them and their practice.
Locum staff may wish to choose to summarise some of their veterinary locum employment positions, but be sure to use this to point out and promote relevant skills and expertise you have developed along that path.
It’s important that your work history has context as it’s a good way to highlight your key skills and responsibilities of the position and how this experience can be applied the job role they are offering. You should also highlight any personal accomplishments in your employment record.
For example: 3 vet, 100% SA practice covering own OOH duties and dealing with first opinion and referral work.
Remember to list your previous employment in date order, starting with the most recent and working backwards. You should include the start and end date of your employment using MM/YYYY format.
What Can You Do?
Not every clinician with 1/2/3/5+ years has the same experience with medicine and surgery. Use this opportunity to make your practical skills known to the employer holding your CV by highlighting your skills in detail as well as mentioning what your role was:-
If you have worked internationally, as a volunteer, or in an ‘unusual’ vacancy, it’s important to illustrate the skills used and how the experience contributes to your current profile. The unfamiliar can sometimes be unsettling to a prospective employer so it’s always worth trying to smooth out any concerns they may have.
Professional experience is a priority for potential employers but so is business acumen. Being able to demonstrate your interpersonal skills with clients, awareness of commercial pressures and business skills like being a team player, are also extremely important.
After your employment and professional profiles, you can include some additional information about any relevant CPD. You’re not required to list it all but it is important to show the most recent couple of years to demonstrate compliance with the minimums required as part of RCVS membership. There is a growing requirement where clinics are asking to see recent CPD records.
We recommend that locums have their CPD as an appendix, or at least cover the last 2-3 years of CPD training and include highlights of anything of relevant importance or significance.
It is good practice to include some brief information about your hobbies and interests. Although your skills and experience are of significant interest to prospective employers, you will be surprised by how many employment decisions are made on the basis of shared interests with the employer.
If you mentor or are involved in a community role, this will help paint a good impression.
Do not ‘over-provide’ in this section of your CV – keep it brief. The prospective employer does not need to know the names of your children, partner or pets at this stage of the recruitment process. You can elaborate on your personal circumstances if invited to an interview.
When seeking employment opportunities through our agency, you do not need to list your referees on your CV. It’s important to share this information with the prospective employer at the appropriate time.
This will help to prevent your referee contacts from receiving unnecessary calls where clinics just want to be nosey – it does happen!
Writing a CV as a veterinary graduate is slightly different from experienced veterinarians or vet nurses, but it is important to follow the same format with just a few adjustments.
We realise you won’t have an extensive employment profile and so will prospective employers. They are however interested in your work experience placements and self-directed study.
When you are looking to start your veterinary career, it can be all too tempting to cast your net wide and apply for almost every job on the market. Spend some time doing your research to find out more about the type of job you would like. This not only narrows your search down, but it means you can avoid applying to jobs that you don’t really fit the criteria for and it’ll stop you from applying for jobs you wouldn’t really enjoy.
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