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LinkedIn is a professional networking website, showcasing individual profiles, job opportunities and chances to connect.
LinkedIn operates in 200 countries and has more than 500 million users worldwide. If you're not using LinkedIn, you could be missing out on a wealth of opportunities to help enhance your veterinary career.
Whether you're aspiring to have a career working with animals or you're a vet who has been practising for years, you could really benefit from using LinkedIn – and here are the reasons why:
1. It's a great way to connect
If you love animals and want to work with them, LinkedIn can help you connect and network with others who share your passion.
Best of all, you can get hints and tips to help you succeed in your interests, and you can receive advice and support from various groups.
2. Network with top professionals
A lot of industries are notoriously difficult to get into. For those who are working towards becoming a vet, it's helpful to have access to a platform like LinkedIn because it allows you to connect with top individuals who work with animals, too.
3. It's a fantastic way to find work experience
LinkedIn has a plethora of job opportunities. It's also a place to find work experience placements, which is a prerequisite for animal-focused roles. Also, bear in mind recruiters and some employers use LinkedIn to find potential candidates.
4. A wealth of knowledge
When you embark on a career with animals, you'll have to keep up to date with the changes and new discoveries regarding animal health. LinkedIn is a useful source of information and you can find out the latest news and updates on your chosen industry.
5. Showcase your skills and talents
One of the main reasons people sign up to LinkedIn is because the platform gives them the chance to show off their skills and work experiences to recruiters and potential employers, and this can open up your options in the world of work. It’s also a way to showcase your passion for animals.
If you don't already have a LinkedIn profile, sign up as soon as possible.