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6 tips to help you ace that interview

It’s natural to be stressed before a big job interview. Avoid the trauma and panic by following these six easy to follow tips:

Prepare

Consider what questions you may be asked in advance, and rehearse your answers. Do this in the shower, in the car, in front of the mirror – whatever works best for you!

Also, think about some interesting questions you’d like to ask the employer as you will inevitably be asked if you have any questions.

Research

Research the company, the industry (if it’s new to you), and if possible, the interviewer. Use your new found

Use your new found knowledge to build rapport with the interviewer, move on to things you may have in common.

Check out the company’s website and social media channels, show how thorough you have been in your research.

Arrive on time (Early)

That’s not to say you should turn up half an hour early! Five minutes early will do just fine!

Make sure you have everything ready to go well in advance of leaving home for the interview and aim to be outside the building 15-20 minutes before your interview is scheduled to start. It’s no hardship to be sat outside in the car for 10 minutes doing some final prep, rather than sweatily dashing in without a minute to spare.

Finally, nothing says “don’t hire me” than being late. Don’t do it. There’s no excuse!

Stay Calm

Relax and stay calm during your interview. You aren’t only displaying your ability to do the job, but also fit into the team.

Try to assimilate as much as possible. Balance your behaviour with that of the interviewer. Take your lead from them.

Don’t panic and start talking a million words a minute. Listen carefully to what the interviewer is asking, and give them the response they want.

Remember that you have two ears, and only one mouth!

Demonstrate your ability and knowledge

You’ve done the prep, you can do the job and you are relaxed in the interview environment. Remember to concisely demonstrate that you HAVE done the preparation and that you CAN do the job!

Don’t sell yourself short, and show what an asset to the business you’d be!

Follow up

Drop the interviewer an email, directly or through your recruitment agent to thank them for their time and reiterate your interest in the position.

Try to do this within 24 hours of the interview.

The Takeaway

If you’ve got an interview, the chances are the employer thinks you look good “on paper”. Remember this, and be confident. Be yourself, and remember, it’s as much about you finding out about the company as it is about them finding out about you!

Good Luck!

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Is it time to refresh your CV?

When was the last time you spent a little time to refresh your CV? Last month? Last year? Ten years ago?!

With changing trends and fashions, come challenges for all of us – large and small! Not only must businesses make sure they keep up to date with the latest marketing techniques. As individuals, we too must change and adapt to the world around us. Keep up or be left behind!

Some recruitment and career commentators have suggested that it won’t be long before the traditional CV is obsolete. Replaced by LinkedIn (and others), your job history and references will soon be a living digital record. Until then, however, we should make the most of the traditional CV format until it is gone forever.

Here are a few way you can refresh your CV:

  • Demonstrate your individuality! Show what you have achieved individually which may set you apart from anyone else.
  • Don’t over complicate it! Simple fonts and layouts are the way forward here. As much as you like those more exotic fonts, they are probably best left off your CV.
  • Spell check, grammar check, fact check! Make sure everything on your CV is accurate and presented without spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Have a plan! Decide on how you are going to organise your CV and keep to it. Having a structure ensures you keep everything you need on your CV and everything unnecessary off it.
  • Keep it updated! None of the first four points will count for anything if your latest employment and achievements aren’t listed. Have an up to date CV ready to go, just in case that perfect role comes along.

Following these five steps religiously will help you prepare for any career eventuality.

If you’d like us to help you with your CV, or find you a new rolecontact us today!

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CPD: Building a better you

For some, it’s seen as tedious, inconvenient and a waste of time. CPD, or Continuing Professional Development, is not unique to the veterinary world. It is seen as a grim manifestation of the increasing ‘red-tape’ clogging up our profession. A spectre of lame bureaucratic intervention in a practical and stressful environment.

It needn’t be this way.

The Necessary

RVNs are obliged, under the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nurses, to partake in 45 hours of CPD over any three-year period. Simply put, veterinary nurses need to make sure that at any time they can say they’ve committed 45 hours to CPD in the last three years. Broken down, that is 15 hours per year and just over one hour per month. Realistically, this is an easy box to tick.

What can be included in a registered veterinary nurse’s CPD quota?

  1. Training on the job (at your practice)
  2. Shadowing a peer of superior (at your practice or another)
  3. Attending organised lectures, seminars of courses
  4. Reading of veterinary journals or other relevant publications (keep a reading diary for evidence)
  5. Research for presentations or lectures

Considering the variety of activities which can be included, filling the 45-hour minimum requirement shouldn’t represent a challenge. CPD then becomes less about ‘ticking a box’, a more about how to make to most of one’s time.

The Immediate Benefit

Further to keeping the mind sharp and agile, CPD has the central benefit of ‘professional self-improvement’. It keeps a registered veterinary nurse at the top of their game, abreast of all of the latest developments in veterinary medicine. An RVN with a healthy attitude to CPD will be ready for any challenges headed their way.

The RCVS defines CPD as “the systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge and skills, and the development of personal qualities necessary for the execution of professional duties throughout a veterinary nurse’s working life”. This statement is a little awkwardly put, but the sentiment is admirable.

CPD throughout a veterinary nurse’s career will open doors and bring new opportunities. These opportunities may be within general practice, education or practice management.

Formal qualifications are available to those who’d like to test themselves formally. The Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Dip AVN) is an example of such a qualification.

Most importantly, arguably, is the fact that an RVN will be more employable if they approach their CPD with dedication. This may not manifest itself as anything obvious on a CV. It will, however, be clear when the candidate has an understanding of current veterinary affairs when interviewed.

Being part of a profession which encourages and prescribes professional development is a gift. Grab it with both hands.

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Why should you choose Liberty Vets for your next hire?

If you are looking to make a hire, here are some reasons why Liberty Vets Recruitment are the agency you should choose:

Firstly, Liberty Vets Recruitment offers a truly professional approach towards recruitment and has extensive experience within the veterinary recruitment industry.

We are able to take the time that is needed to properly understand exactly what it is that you’re looking for – if this means us travelling to visit the practice, so we can gain a real feel for the working environment… we are more than happy to do this.

We firmly believe that if we listen properly the first time, then we will only send you candidates that we know will tick all the boxes and means you will save time having to work your way through piles of applications that don’t match your criteria.

Here at Liberty Vets Recruitment we pride ourselves on providing quality candidates, rather than just sending you every CV that lands on our desk. It is for that reason that we heavily screen our candidates before we send their CV to a potential employer.

Each candidate that we seek employment for will have gone through the following checks:

  • Right to work in the UK (Up to date Passport)
  • Visa / Work Permit (if required)
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • X2 Recent References
  • Skills Competency List
  • If there are still questions unanswered and for our peace of mind, we are in contact with a local veterinary surgeon, who acts as an advisor for us. We can make contact and ask him to call any candidate to discuss any queries we may have.

It is through all of these checks that we are confident and fully committed to any candidate that we submit to a client.

Taking all of the above into account, why wouldn’t you choose Liberty Vets Recruitment?

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Veterinary Conferences

Are you interested in attending more veterinary conferences to meet more veterinary surgeons, nurses and industry professionals? We’ve put together a short list of links to help you find your next veterinary conference:

BSAVA Congress

London Vet Show

BVA Congress

BVNA Congress

BSAVA Scottish Congress

BEVA Congress

BCVA Congress

SEVC Barcelona

NAVC Florida

East European Veterinary Conference

ESVD / ECVD Congress

FECAVA Euro Congress

SPVS Congress

VPMA Congress

BSAVA Northern Irish Congress

LAVC Conference

WSAVA Congress

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Veterinary Universities

Thinking of becoming a vet or veterinary nurse? We’ve collated a shortlist of veterinary universities so you can plan your next step:

United Kingdom & Ireland Veterinary Universities

BRISTOL
Veterinary Admissions Clerk
University of Bristol, Senate House
Bristol BS8 1TH
Tel: 0117 928 9000

CAMBRIDGE
The Department Secretary
Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine
University of Cambridge, Madingley Road
Cambridge CB2 0ES
Tel: 01223 337600

DUBLIN
Programme Manager
UCD Veterinary Sciences Centre
UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4
Ireland
Tel: +353 1 716 6245

EDINBURGH
Admissions Officer
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
University of Edinburgh, Summerhall
Edinburgh, EH9 1QH
Tel: 0131 650 6130

GLASGOW
Admissions Officer
University of Glasgow Veterinary School
464 Bearsden Road, Bearsden Road
Glasgow, G61 1QH
Tel: 0141 330 5700

LIVERPOOL
The Admissions Sub-Dean
Faculty of Veterinary Science
University of Liverpool
Liverpool, L69 7ZJ
Tel: 0151 794 2000

LONDON
The Head of Registry
The Royal Veterinary College
Royal College Street
London, NW1 0TU
Tel: 020 7468 5000

NOTTINGHAM
The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham
NG7 2RD
Tel: 0115 951 5151

SURREY
Admissions Officer
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Surrey
Guildford
Surrey, GU2 7XH
Tel: 01483 300 800

Australia

MELBOURNE
The University of Melbourne
250 Princes Highway
Werribee
Victoria
3030
Australia
+61 3 9731 2000

MURDOCH
Murdoch University
Discovery Way
Perth
Western Australia
6150
+61 1300 652 494

QUEENSLAND
The University of Queensland
Sir Fred Schonell Drive
Brisbane
Queensland
4072
Australia
+61 7 3365 1111

SYDNEY
The University of Sydney
65 Parramatta Road
Camperdown
New South Wales
2050
Australia
+61 2 9351 3437

New Zealand

MASSEY
Massey University
Private Bag 11 222
Palmerston North
4442
New Zealand

South Africa

PRETORIA
University of Pretoria
Veterinary Science Unit
Onderstepoort
Pretoria
0110
South Africa

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Optimising Your Interview Technique

You are at the interview stage because the employers of the position you’re applying for saw something they liked within your covering letter and CV, so a good first impression has already been made. But you need to back this up with a solid interview, so below is some advice on how to prepare for your interview.

Preparation

Make sure that you are prepared for the interview. Remember this is a two way meeting, not only a chance for the interviewer to gauge whether you’re suitable for the position – BUT also an opportunity for you to find out about the organisation and whether this is a company where you can picture yourself working day in day out with the job satisfaction you’re seeking.

This goes back to having proof read your CV, make sure that you are confident talking about your skills, qualifications, previous employment and experience. You don’t want to be unsure of anything you have included in your CV.

Prepare some questions to ask during the interview. It may be wise to use these questions as a fact finding mission about the specific job and organisation. At the stage of first interview try not to start the discussion of salary, unless the interviewer opens this discussion – this conversation is best kept for a second interview or when a job offer is made.

Homework

It is very important to make sure that you have done your homework on the company, aim to find out as much as possible. The interviewer will often ask “what do you know about us” and a blank face and “I don’t know” isn’t a good response.

A good start will be the company website, you should be able to find out how many branches the practice has, the current number of employees, services and products they offer. Failing that word of mouth is always good to finding out information that may not be on the website.

Dress Code & Appearance

No matter what position you are going for, always make sure your attire is smart business dress and that you are well groomed. You can always dress down if you arrive and are overdressed, but it is impossible to dress up from arriving casually dressed and you will feel far more comfortable being too smart than too casual.

Travel Times

Allow yourself plenty of time to ensure that you arrive a few minutes early. Check how long your overall journey will take and also check if there are any road works to try and avoid. Make sure that you have your contact’s telephone number in case of an unavoidable delay; you can call if you suspect you may be late.

The Interview

Make sure the employer knows the benefits of employing you. It is important to sell yourself by telling the employer details of your relevant skills and experience that you have to contribute to the organisation.

Find out what the key parts of the candidate specification are so you can show how you meet them. Ask how the job contributes to the success, efficiency and profitability of the organisation. Show that you have done some research.

Questions to Ask

Asking questions is important as it shows to the interviewer that you are interested to find out more and also shows that you have done some research on the company, especially if you ask some rhetorical questions.
Example questions to ask:

  1. Is there any room for career progression? This highlights your long term interest to stay within the organisation and progress your career. Be careful though as this could give the impression that you may be the type of candidate who will not stay within the role in which you’re applying for long. Gauge how the interview is going and whether it’s an appropriate time for this question.
  2. What is the team structure I’ll be working with and who will I be reporting to? As mentioned previously, this is as much of a chance for you to interview the company as for them to have a look at you. So you need to know what environment you’d be working within on a daily basis. You may decide that joining a small team doesn’t offer the support you require at this stage of your career.
  3. Mention something you’ve read about the company and ask a question about it. For example, “I read on your website that you have plans to open two new practices this year, what are your expansion plans?” This proves that you have done your homework on the practice and shows your seriousness for the role. It will also give you chance to relax whilst you listen to the interviewer. It is incredibly important to ask at least one question during the interview or else the interviewer will feel that they are getting nothing back from you and may feel that you are uninterested.

Closing the Interview

Agree exactly what the next steps will be, such as who will contact you to let you know if you have been successful and by what date. You should also find out if they are running second interviews and when they are likely to be. If you are interested in the position, make sure that you let the interviewer know.

Job Offer

If you are offered the position and that package is not quite as you were expecting or hoping for, then don’t be embarrassed to say. If you accept the offer whilst not being 100% happy with it, then these concerns will only deepen as time goes on. Let them know that you are very interested but is there any flexibility on the offer; they may have budgeted for negotiation on the package.

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CV Writing Tips

A CV is quite simply an advert to sell yourself and make you stand out from the rest as, until the interview stage, your potential employers only know what is on the paper in front of them. This makes your CV and covering letter vitally important. First impressions count for everything when competing against others especially. These CV writing tips will get you well on your way to your dream job:

What should my CV include?

Remember the initial aim is that your CV is read and responded to in a positive manner. Include information to gain interest, but be mindful of the fact that you don’t want to bore the reader. Try to keep your CV short and attractive between 1 and 4 pages long.

Essential Information includes:

Contact Details

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone Number
  • Mobile Number
  • Email Address

This may seem pretty self-explanatory, but you don’t want to be selected for the interview process only for your potential employer to be unable to contact you. Always double check that the contact numbers are correct.

Profile

You can choose to use this to outline what type of person you are and allow your potential employer a first chance to get to know your personality, but that should be included in your cover letter. Instead keep this professional and highlight your skills, industry knowledge, experience and abilities as they relate to employer needs. You might want to amend your professional profile so that it is targeted to each position you apply for.

CV Keywords

If you have an area of expertise, core skills, professional strengths, extra qualifications (eg ; Certificate Holder) then include these in your CV as these keywords will help make your CV stand out above other applications. So it pays to bear this in mind when writing your CV.

Employment History

The minimum that should be included is, Employer Name, Position Held, Dates of Employment, Summary of Duties and Responsibilities, Achievements and Accomplishments. It is important to show the employer that what you have achieved in each job, as this shows something that you could bring to their company.

Voluntary Employment / EMS Placements

It may be relevant to include voluntary contributions, these would strengthen your application if you lack relevant paid experience are seeking to explain gaps in employment. Listing your EMS placements is useful as this details different environments and practices you have been subject to already.

Education

Include dates that you studied and which school, university you gained your qualification(s).

Training / CPD

It may not be necessary to list all training courses attended, try to summarise your professional development. Only include training that is relevant to the position in which you’re applying. If you have a specialist area of expertise or are keen to pursue a specific interest try to include these CPD events, as this will show employers which route you want your career to go.

Memberships / Affiliations

If you are a member of professional organisations or are affiliated to them in any way, then include them with dates of registration eg RCVS – 01/01/2000

Referees

I would always recommend including the names, contact details and position they hold within the company. The majority of employers are going to request references, so if you choose not to include this it often slows the process down and could leave you at a disadvantage. If for any reason you do not wish your referees to be contacted without your consent, you can always say “Referee details available upon request”.

Cover Letter

A covering letter should always be sent whenever you submit your CV for any vacancy. The letter introduces your CV and is a great opportunity for your personality to be shown.

Much like your CV the covering letter is an advertisement of you, so should be seen as a marketing opportunity. The purpose of this letter is to highlight your key strengths in relevance to the position you are applying for, so remember to adapt your covering letter to match your potential employer’s needs – this can save a lot of time having to edit your CV for each application you send.

But still keep your CV up to date as using an out of date version lacks professionalism and gives the wrong impression to the employer.

Try to make the letter no longer than one page. Make sure that the information is presented in clear and concise paragraphs; you don’t want the person reading your cover letter to be put off by pages and pages of text and then not even get round to viewing your CV.

Essential Information includes:

  • Contact Details (as on the CV)
  • Introduction; declaring your interest in relation to the position
  • Detail your suitability for the position
  • Highlight you key skills and professional achievements
  • State your professional experience, highlight your success and sell yourself
  • Again express your interest in the role and thank them for taking the time to read your details

Hopefully after this great first impression the employer will already be interested in you and look forward to reading your CV further, in view to arranging an interview.

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