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5 common mistakes vets make on their CV

Written by: vet times jobs
Published on: 6 Dec 2017


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CV writing can feel like a chore, but it is a necessity if you want to land your dream job.

If you are not making it to the interview stage when applying for veterinary roles, there is a high chance your CV is the issue.

With this in mind, take a look at this list of common mistakes both aspiring and experienced vets have been known to make on their CV.

1. They are not up to date with industry news

If you're not in tune with what is happening in the industry, you won't know what employers are looking for – nor will you know the current trends, opportunities and challenges facing the veterinary profession. This will immediately put you on the back foot.

2. They do not demonstrate their commercial skills

Great clinical standards, your love of animals and experience are pivotal priorities for any veterinary CV. However, you should also highlight your commercial awareness.

You need to show you can handle the commercial pressures many practices face and that you have strong interpersonal skills.

3. They do not tailor their CV to the job they are applying for

Many people make the mistake of sending out a generic one-size-fits-all CV to every job they apply for. This will not help your CV stand out and it will seem like you don't care about the job.

The best thing to do is to start off with a generic CV – which includes your contact details, references, interests, key skills and professional development, career summary, and a small professional profile – and then tweak it to suit the job you are applying for.

For example, if the vacancy post states the vet surgery is looking for someone with “exceptional clinical standards”, you need to demonstrate this in your CV.

4. CV is too long

While it can be tempting to put together five pages on your veterinary experience and achievements – don’t. No employer has time to read a CV that long. Do not span more than two sides of A4.

5. They think experience is everything

Experience plays a huge role when applying for a vet job, of course. However, it is not the only important factor.

Make sure you mention your soft skills and that your CV is well-balanced.
Employers want to understand how you will fit into their team.