The way we search for jobs is changing, and the veterinary profession is no different. More people are heading to their mobile phones to search for their dream job and more employers are researching potential hires online before making a final decision.
For this reason, it’s crucial to make sure your online presence is up to scratch.
Social media and the internet as a whole can be a distraction at times, but it’s also a great place to search for new opportunities. Follow these simple steps to landing your dream job using social media and the internet.
Create a website
When employers search for your name, they should find a professional website that truly showcases your skills and experience.
Setting up a website doesn't have to be complicated or expensive – a one-page layout created using a free content management system like Wordpress is often sufficient to give an overview of your experience and showcase your passions. It’s also helpful to provide links to the social networks you want an employer to see.
Check your history
If you have been on Twitter or Facebook for a number of years, chances are you have posted or shared some things that could be taken out of context.
Take a quick look back through your history to make sure everything visible to the public paints you in the best possible light. You don’t want a tweet from your teens to hold you back.
Connect with potential employers
The best part about social media is it opens up a dialogue between companies and their audience. This means you can start looking for jobs before they have been posted online.
Engage with local veterinary practices on social media to keep up to date with developments. This means you will be the first to know if they announce an opening, and already be known to staff.
Leverage your network
We have all heard the phrase “it’s not what you know, it's who you know”. With professional networking sites like LinkedIn, you might be surprised to learn you know a lot of people.
Don’t be afraid to let your professional network know you are looking for new opportunities in the veterinary field. You might be surprised where this leads.