Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people


WRITING A RESUME

A  resume is a targeted list of professional experiences that focuses on skills and accomplishments directly relevant to the job you are applying for. 

A resume is a document that seeks to:

  • construct a professional image and establish credibility
  • convince a prospective employer to grant you an interview
  • persuade your reader that you are the best person for the job

SECTIONS OF A RESUME
Contact Information
Name
Address
Telephone Number and
Email Address

Objective
It is not essential that you include an objective statement but if you do, it needs to be concise and specific
The objective should contain short-term (immediate) and long term (ultimate) career goals

Education
In reverse chronological order, the name and location of the university or college you were enrolled in
The degree earned and the actual, anticipated date of graduation
Major, minor, concentration
Relevant honors (eg. Magna cum Laude, Summa cum Laude). Do not list Dean's list or other awards here
If you completed a thesis or dissertation as part of your Masters or PhD, include your thesis/dissertation title here
Don't include GPA information here

Experience
In reverse chronological order, present your experiences relevant to the position you are applying for.  Include:
Name of practice/organization
Your working title there
Location of practice (including city, state and countryif not in the US)
Dates of employment
Responsibilities in the position- In describing your responsibilities phrase your responsibilities to convey transferable skills, accomplishments and effectiveness
Note: Depending upon the position you are applying for you may have more than one expeirence sections. Veterinary resumes typically have any combination of the following Experience sections
-Animal and Veterinary Experience (general)
-Equine Related Experince
-Farm Animal Experience
-Zoo and Wildlife Experience
-Research Experience
-Teaching Experience
-Volunteer and Community Outreach Experience
-Other Work Experience

Honors and Awards (optional)
Name of scholarships, honors, date(s) awarded and
Leadership and Professional Affiliations(Optional)
List organization, position held and dates of participation.  If describing a leadership role include responsibilities that conveyleadership.
Extracurricular Activities (optional)
These sections can be customized depending  upon your experiences

Special Skills or Certifications (optional)
List any certfications or skills other than those already included in the Education and Education sectiosn that may be relevant to the position you are applying for. Examples include proficiency in a foreign language, specific computer skills that may be especially relevant to the position of interest, certifications such as accupunture etc.