Tag: Career

  • If You Are Feeling Lost, Start Here.

    If You Are Feeling Lost, Start Here.

    With these tips, you can confidently navigate the resources offered by VSGD and gain a better understanding of your next career steps. Remember that being "lost" doesn't mean you're stuck; there are always ways to progress.

    Posted: 28/05/2023

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    10 minutes

    Who should read this?

    veterinarians, vet nurses, vet techs

    Author(s)

    VSGD

    Region

    Global content

    If You Are Feeling Lost, Start Here

    1. Take a deep breath.

    It’s not uncommon to feel a bit overwhelmed, whether this is stemming from dissatisfaction in your career, frustration around not knowing what steps to take first, or stress about how to fit in something this important around a busy schedule.

    The good news is that there are plenty of people just like you who have been there before and know what you are going through! We are building a supportive community to help guide you through this so that you can ultimately find the career path that is right for you, whether that means Staying in practice, Going on to new pastures, or Diversifying within the veterinarian field.

    2. Create your candidate profile.

    Take action and craft a standout candidate profile with us. This is the ultimate way to showcase your unique abilities to potential employers, whether you’re seeking to make a career pivot or looking to document your experiences and competencies for negotiating promotions or salary increases. We also encourage people to put themselves out there (if you don’t ask, then you don’t get). Reverse Recruitment is a great way to find a role that was built just for you.

    Employers also have the opportunity to showcase their business values by creating company profiles.

    3. Let us help with your job search.

    At VSGD, we have launched a jobs board that provides you with a variety of roles to choose from based on your needs. We firmly believe in the importance of transparency and flexibility in negotiations between companies and their future employees. Our job board features a range of clinical and non-clinical roles, with options for both full-time and part-time positions, as well as the ability to work from home. Be sure to explore our “Interview the Boss” sessions to gain further insight into the employers.

    4. Check out our career coaching services.

    We offer a dynamic developmental group coaching programme to help veterinary professionals gain the support and clarity to take control of their own careers, empowering them to identify their next steps towards a career that works for them. This is in partnership with VDS Training and guests. Find out more information here. Looking for 1-1 coaching for instant results? Check out our career coaches here.

    5. Think about all your transferable skills.

    Write down all the things you are good at, enjoy and would like to do more of. It’s important to focus the things you WANT to do, the things you feel passionate about or feel naturally drawn to rather than just the things you dislike or want to rule out.

    To become a veterinary professional you will have no doubt garnered an amazing skillset unique to you. Think about all the experiences you have had that led you to this point. Many of these skills are transferable inside and outside the clinic, for example:

    • Client management, team management, ability to work both alone and in a team

    • Empathy, patience, resilience

    • Problem-solving, critical thinking, ability to learn quickly

    • Teaching, mentoring, leadership

    Sometimes it’s hard to work out what you want to do with all these skills. VDS Training advisors Carolyne Crowe and Penny Barker present this webinar on “Working out what you want” in conjunction with VSGD.

    You can also check out the excellent session from VSGD LIVE! by Adrian Nelson Pratt on “Stop Selling Yourself Short- A CV and Interview Clinic” if you want help to dust off that CV into something that sells YOU!

    Need further CV/Resume support? Invest in yourself by looking at our CV review and branding packages.

    6. Find your ‘people’.

    It never hurts to expand your social and professional network. Which is precisely why we run fantastic events to facilitate this! VSGD celebrates the diversity of talent, expertise, and skills originating from the veterinarian profession. The VSGD groups are intended to provide a forum for free, independent and safe exchange of information between veterinary professionals considering diversification of their careers as well as for professionals to receive advice on how to remain satisfied in the clinic. Taking action and surrounding yourself with other career pioneers in the community can really give you the spark that you may need. Come to an event or chat with us in the VSGD online forums – we’re sure you’ll find people you vibe with!

    Vets: Stay, Go or Diversify

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    Vets: Stay, Go, Diversify – North America

    Vets: Stay, Go, Diversify – Down Under

    These are closed groups, not directly available to the public. Membership of the groups are limited to those with direct interest in the aims and objectives of the group. Members must have a vet degree, a qualified nursing/tech degree, or be students of respective training.

    7. Check out our resources.

    We have compiled career interviews of career pioneers, as well as practical blog posts on pertinent topics to help motivate you and online courses for support on landing that job and understanding the power of negotiation. PLUS we have loads of CPD video content available to stream online, recorded from our live events.

    We also offer Secret Support for anyone wanting to ask a question to our community anonymously. Secret Support allows for safe, open, honest and anonymous discussion of sensitive topics with other members of the community. We cover all kinds of topics and welcome any kind and constructive comments regardless of viewpoint. Email us at community@vsgd.co if you have something that you would like to be shared with our Facebook community.

    8. Let’s stay connected.

    Subscribe to our weekly newsletter and stay ahead of the game with the latest events, job postings, and words of wisdom on how to uplift and fulfil your career. Trust us, your inbox will be filled with career inspo that you won’t want to miss.

    Need more help?

    We are here to help. We have an amazing, supportive community, and tonnes of resources! Email us and let us know what you need. We’ll do our best to point you in the right direction.

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  • Wins of the Week

    Wins of the Week

    Grab our free guide to help you celebrate your wins. PS- this is also helpful when you update your CV/resume!

    Posted: 23/01/2023

    Location

    Global

    Who Should Read This?

    Veterinarians, RVNs, RVTs, Students, Employers

    Author(s)

    Ebony Escalona

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  • Vet Nursification – I don’t want no...

    Vet Nursification – I don’t want no scrubs

    Keen to hear about veterinary nurse diversification routes? VSGD's Lacey Pitcher and Chloe White RVN share their insights in this online discussion

    Posted: 19/01/2023

    Location

    Global, Online

    Dates

    22nd May 2022

    Speakers

    Lacey Pitcher
    Chloe White

    Are you an RVN keen to flex your skills outside of clinical work?

    VSGD’s Lacey Pitcher RVN is joined by Chloe White RVN as they chat about diversifying as a nurse, swapping in scrubs for a different role and all the opportunities open to you as a nurse when your scrubs are off!

    Come on the journey with Vets Stay Go Diversify

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  • 5-Week Guide to Getting a Job

    5-Week Guide to Getting a Job

    Are you in the market for a new job? Check out our 5 session series where we help fast track any job search process. 

    Posted: 18/01/2023

    Location

    Global, Online

    Speakers

    Ebony Escalona Melanie Barham
    Adrian Nelson-Pratt
    Katie Ford

    Are you in the market for a new job?

    Breaking any change down can be hard and moving jobs is one of the biggest changes you can make.

    The job market is challenging right now, with vet clinics reporting shortages of vets and nurses. Whether you want to stay, go or diversify, VSGD is here to support you. HBR published an article that we loved, so we’ve converted it into a month of FREE career development for VSGDers.

    Rewatch our VSGD’s five-week guide to getting a new job. 

    Check out our 5 session series where we addressed a specific topic to help fast track any job search process. 

    This is about making you an employee of choice and helping you to seek out those great employers who want fabulous staff in their roles, not just a warm body with an MRCVS.

    What does the Guide involve? Each session includes a little bit of theory, but the key part is the workshop; working out how to achieve these 5 steps in your career planning 

    • Session 1 – Update your CV to highlight transferable skills

    • Session 2 – Improving your personal brand on Linkedin and social media

    • Session 3 – How to find and interview potential new colleagues working in your dream job

    • Session 4 – Use your network to ask for job search referrals

    • Session 5 – Preparing for a virtual job interview

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  • Why You Need a Resume Even if...

    Why You Need a Resume Even if You’re Not Looking

    3 great reasons to update your resume/cv even if you’re NOT actively job seeking as a vet, vet nurse/vet tech or employer.

    Posted: 27/11/2022

    Read Time/Watch Time

    5 minutes

    Who should read this?

    Anyone who has an out of date resume in the vet profession, vet techs/ vet nurses, veterinarians, students.

    Author(s)

    Melanie Barham

    Region

    Global content

    Don’t let a resume be a barrier for you

    When did you last update your resume or CV? Is it collecting dust bunnies in your desk drawer, or on your old computer from 3 years ago? If so, you’re not alone! Most people hate creating their resumes and view it as a tiresome tedious task that’s best put off until necessary. I’m here to challenge that belief today. 

    Here are the top reasons why people say they don’t need a resume/CV, and why you might want to change your mind: 

    1. I own my own business

    So, if you’re a veterinary business owner, you might think you don’t need a resume at all. I mean, who are you applying to? But you’d be surprised at the number of times having a polished and updated resume can come in handy when applying for board positions, awards, or as a supporting document for bank loans etc. If you’re an entrepreneur, or someone looking for investors in your business, it can come in handy to offer to flip someone your amazing resume as a way to get to know someone quicker. 

    1. I mostly like my job

    You might love your job, but sometimes amazing positions become available at the drop of a hat. Being prepared can allow you to take advantage of opportunities to progress in your career or take advantage of major pay increases without delay. You’d be surprised how many colleagues I’ve heard say, “Oh, I saw this amazing veterinary job on a Facebook group, but it was so much trouble to apply and update my resume.” Don’t let a resume be a barrier for you. Additionally, as a professional, you’ll want to continually add to your portfolio of experience, and applying to volunteer positions can be sped up with the addition of a resume. Finally, keeping your resume updated keeps track of your accomplishments for annual review time, making negotiation MUCH easier

    1. I haven’t seen a job I like yet

    Don’t let last minute resume panic seep in. When a job you love pops up, you want to be at the ready to apply early. Applicants who apply early have a much better chance of success! Having something prepared also likely means less errors. The more passes through a document, the less likely we are to make silly grammatical errors.

    If you’d like help with preparing for a job application, check out our Resume/CV review services here.  We have qualified veterinarians who are experts in crafting resumes that fit your needs, and all reviews include a LinkedIn audit and personal recommendations. Also check out our CV accelerator programme if self paced support is more your jam!

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