How to make your veterinary surgeon CV stand out

Here at Choice Vets, we want to make your job search as seamless as possible. But you can’t start applying to roles until you’re confident in your CV’s ability to catch the eye of potential employers. Carry on reading for a brief guide on making your veterinary surgeon CV stand out, with insight from our industry experts. 


Showcase industry knowledge


Keep an eye on industry news so you can both dazzle the interviewer, but also highlight skills on your CV which you know are in demand in the current climate. 


Be concise 


When wading through a pile of CVs, the last thing your prospective employer wants to see is a novel-sized essay on your work experience. Use bullet points to structure your points, and keep sentences short and concise. We recommend starting each bullet point with an action verb such as “Drove change in…” or “Responding to emergency call-outs”. Be sure to back up your professional achievements with tangible examples. 


Let your humanity shine through


Being a veterinary surgeon is a very people-focused role so it is important to highlight that you are personable, empathetic and easy to talk to. While maintaining a professional tenor, make sure your personality is coming across in your CV. A good way to approach this is to include a hobbies/interests section which gives insight into why you chose this career path and why you would be a good cultural fit for the organisation. 


Tailor to the job description 


Although you should have a one-size-fits-all CV, it is important to tailor it to each role you apply for. For example, echoing keywords from the job description can help boost your CV’s ‘SEO value’. What we mean by this is that duplicating the same words used in the job post will make your CV stand out to employers, as it is a very obvious nod to the fact that you possess the required skills for the position. Some organisations even use software to automatically filter candidates into a ‘yes’ and ‘no’ pile, often based on the presence of industry buzzwords. 


Proofread it again, and then once more…


Poor grammar, typos and chaotic formatting can all diminish your chances of being selected for the role. When you’ve finished polishing your CV, make sure to run a spell check and even get a trusted friend or family member to give it a once over.  


Now you’re ready to find your perfect role! We have a variety of veterinary surgeon vacancies available right now which you can browse here, or register with us for access to our handy CV tool.

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