The time has come for fourth-year veterinary students to seek employment. THRIVE Vet Care was lucky enough to be a top sponsor for this year’s University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine’s annual career fair to experience how hard students work to see their  efforts come to fruition. Could there be a better reward after four years of a rigorous program than landing your dream job?  Here are some tips on how veterinary students can prepare to start that job hunt and create enough choices to not have to settle post-graduation.

First, continuously build your network over the course of your curriculum. You never know who the connection might be to your first or next job. A robust LinkedIn profile and activity on other forms of social media can help bridge gaps between where you are now and where you want to be. It’s healthy to grow over time and experience different hospitals or work in different areas of veterinary medicine, so always keep an up to date resume or CV on file. Opportunities can present themselves at any time and you don’t necessarily need to be looking.

Practice your interview skills with your peers. It can often be harder to be critiqued by someone you know then someone you don’t. Exuding confidence in what you know (and what you don’t) is appealing to future employers. New graduates are not expected to know everything, they are expected to want to learn everything! Demonstrate to potential employers the skills you’ve acquired and highlight your expectations from them if you were to join their team. Honesty will help to ensure that you’re finding the right fit for you and for them.

Look for mentorship opportunities. THRIVE Vet Care offers flexible mentorships where recent graduates can form their own style of high-quality veterinary care while enhancing their technical, analytical and practical skills. Our veterinarians understand and have at one time been new grads themselves! THRIVE’s state-of-the-art hospitals and unique culture create a team atmosphere where individuals of any skillset can learn.

Know who you are interviewing with and research beforehand. Understanding the medicine an employer practices and what they are looking for in a new team member should take some work on your part. If the information is available to you via their website or through a mutual connection, you should know it. For information you haven’t found beforehand, be prepared to ask questions and understand what role you would play if you were to join their team. Equally as important is to be prepared to answer questions and pull from practical experience. Glassdoor.com offers some examples of questions that have been asked to veterinarian candidates.

Leave a lasting impression. It can be difficult to distinguish between candidates, particularly if you have a similar skillset. Ensure that you’ve done your research on who you are interviewing with. If their biography online hints that they are a fan of Labrador Retrievers, acknowledging it during or after the interview can go a long way, either in the form of a follow up note or a small gift. You can Amazon Prime this box sign and have it scheduled in advance to deliver the next day.