Landing a job in animal science, this 2023 may have become more complex as the industry becomes more competitive. You need to keep up with the required specialized skills and training, plus the advancements in technology, biotechnology, and research on animal science. The rise in pet ownership and animal care may have created more job openings, but they require no less than the best candidates.
To increase your chances of a successful job hunt, here are seven tips you can follow:
Update your resume
You must optimize and tailor your resume to the job you’re applying for. Will you work close to the animals, in academia or government, or join a not-for-profit? Highlight your most recent experience, education, and skills, as well as your awards, certificates, unique qualifications, or volunteer experience demonstrating your expertise in animal science.
Highlighting your education, such as having a Master’s or Ph.D., may catch a recruiter’s attention. I once had a non-US resident candidate, but a company willingly sponsored his relocation because of his education.
Get a practical experience with animals
Potential employers want to see applicants with actual experience with animals. Grab every opportunity or internship in live animal production — or milk cows if you must. This practical experience will give you a unique understanding of the industry and will measure your commitment. Do it for a year or two, and you will stand out from other candidates.
Leverage your network
Fresh graduate or not, your network is one of your most significant assets when job hunting. Reach out to family, friends, colleagues, or previous employers in the field. They may know of any open positions and give you a recommendation. Consider joining LinkedIn groups related to animal science or attending career fairs and industry conferences like the IPPE and NCBA. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and establish connections with industry professionals.
I can leverage your network with my 10,000+ connections on LinkedIn. Just send me an invite, and you will have a 2nd-degree connection to all these professionals in animal science.
Make a professional online presence
Most employers view a candidate’s online profile before making a hiring decision. Don’t miss out on showcasing your skills and accomplishments on your LinkedIn profile. Keep your posts professional and relevant to the industry. You can also use this to engage your employers by following their company’s Linkedin pages. This way, you’re also updated on recent job openings.
Take interview preparation seriously
Brush up on common interview questions, research the company, and practice your responses. Doing thorough company background research also allows you to tailor your cover letter according to their qualification and culture.
Also, dress up professionally, even if it’s a virtual interview. Candidates these days usually overlook the importance of dressing professionally in conveying respect and enthusiasm for the job.
Prepare for the unexpected
You never know what might happen during your job hunt. Always prepare an elevator pitch in case an opportunity arises, like an unexpected interview when meeting a potential employer at a conference or networking event.
If, after several interviews, you realize you’re not cut out to be a veterinarian, be open to other opportunities like trying out different career paths in animal science. Maybe your personality suits a professor better or someone handling data. Read here to find out other career opportunities in animal science you can explore.
Keep track of your application
You may know now that putting your eggs in one basket isn’t ideal when job hunting. Stalling a job search without securing an interview yet may not be the best idea. Hence, stay organized while applying to companies that fit your experience and skills. Organizing will help you remember which and when you applied at certain companies. You will also find it easier to track who has responded and who has not and when you have to follow up.
Following these tips will help you land the job you’ve been dreaming of in animal science. Of course, it also needs your perseverance and determination. With the right attitude and strategies combined, your can better demonstrates your planned career move this 2023.
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