As you begin to apply for jobs as a Veterinary Technician, you’ll need to have a great resume you’ll need to have a great resume to attract the attention of the hiring manager. While vet techs are certainly in demand – employment is expected to grow by 52 percent between 2010 and 2020, which is much faster than average1 - veterinarians will be looking to hire individuals who are well qualified with the skills they need to perform routine tasks. To demonstrate that you have what it takes to be an excellent veterinary technician, apply these simple resume tips:
- Tailor your objective - Even though you may be applying for many veterinary technician job openings at once, no two positions are exactly alike. That’s why it’s so important to tailor the objective at the top of your resume to each job for which you are applying. Do some research about your potential employer and what your duties might be and adjust your statement accordingly – they’ll be able to tell if you just copied the same objective from every other application.2
- List your skills - Being a veterinary technician is a highly skilled job, so it’s to your advantage to call out those abilities in a separate section on your resume. While you may posses many different skills overall, such as being a great artist, only list those that are relevant to a job as a vet tech. Don’t be afraid to get too detailed! Everything from knowing how to administer medications to preparing operating rooms is important. Vets won’t know what you’re capable of unless you tell them.3 Be sure to list skills that you are completely comfortable with, as you may be asked to perform them. If you list the skill on your resume, be ready to back it up!
- Document work experience - Of course, anyone reviewing your resume will also want to know that you have the work experience needed to be successful. It’s OK to strike your restaurant jobs from this section – focus in on things that are relevant to a career working with animals. As you list each position, don’t forget to be specific about the duties you performed. Even if the position was unpaid, include it! Internships and volunteer experience count too.4 If you have relevant experience in high school, such as Future Farmers of America (FFA) or an equestrian team, this can be useful to include as well.
- Highlight education and certification- Veterinary Technicians must complete a postsecondary program in veterinary technology,5 so be sure to include that information on your resume. Include the name and location of the school you attended, the type of degree you earned and the year you graduated. This is also the perfect spot to list any certifications or other training you may have completed. 6
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, ‘Veterinary Technologists and Technicians,’ March 29, 2012 - http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/veterinary-technologists-and-technicians.htm#tab-4
2 Veterinary Technician Colleges, ‘Sample Resume for Recent College Graduates,’ 2013 - http://www.veterinary-technician-colleges.com/veterinary-technician-sample-resume/
3 Imani, Faizah, Houston Chronicle, ‘How to Create a Veterinary Technician Resume,’ 2013 - http://work.chron.com/create-veterinary-technician-resume-12622.html
4 Imani, Faizah, Houston Chronicle, ‘How to Create a Veterinary Technician Resume,’ 2013 - http://work.chron.com/create-veterinary-technician-resume-12622.html
5 Bureau of Labor Statistics, ‘Veterinary Technologists and Technicians,’ March 29, 2012 - http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/veterinary-technologists-and-technicians.htm#tab-4
6 Imani, Faizah, Houston Chronicle, ‘How to Create a Veterinary Technician Resume,’ 2013 - http://work.chron.com/create-veterinary-technician-resume-12622.html