A new job for the new year

2018

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There's something very symbolic about the start of a new year, and now 2018 has arrived, thousands of people will look at their current work situation and decide it is time to find a new job.

The veterinary profession and related industries are no different, so this article includes a number of tips for jobseekers on the hunt for a new role in 2018:

Don't rely on job adverts

Every day, a huge number of jobs are filled that were never even advertised. There was simply no need to proclaim these fantastic opportunities from the rooftop of the veterinary surgery. Why? The ideal candidate had already made themselves known. 

In this same way, you should try to make yourself known for jobs that, as yet, do not even exist. Privately speak to those with inside knowledge and meet potential employers for an informal coffee. It's amazing how often such conversations can lead to a new job.

LinkedIn - for the search

LinkedIn is a great resource in helping you to find out about new job opportunities. Many employers will place adverts there and you can also find out a wealth of knowledge about your new employer on the professional networking site.

One tool that can often be key to becoming the chosen candidate – or, at the very least, being asked for an interview – is that you can discover who you know that already works at your desired organisation. There is nothing like having someone champion your cause from the inside.

LinkedIn - what does it say about me?

Recruiters are bound to check your LinkedIn profile when vetting your application, so ensure your LinkedIn profile does a good job selling your qualities for the specific role you are chasing.

All too often, outdated or irrelevant information is published on a candidate's profile. It may take a little time to do, but revisit your LinkedIn profile and rewrite it with your desired new job in mind. It will be read.

Cover letter

A cover letter is a great way of injecting some personality into an application and displaying in-depth knowledge about the job or organisation you are applying to work at. Applicants that neglect to include a cover letter with their CV are at a significant disadvantage.

Feedback from friends

Send your CV, cover letter or revised LinkedIn profile to some trusted friends. Do not send it to those friends who will give supportive but ultimately unhelpful advice. You need to hear the truth, so insist they find and tell you about perceived faults that can be eradicated in a re-draft.

We wish you the best of luck in your veterinary job hunt in 2018 – happy new year!

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