For those interested in animal science, the job market can be competitive. However, according to our recent poll, 65% of respondents believe having an extensive network is key to a successful job search in this field. But what does that mean, and how can you build a network that helps you land your dream job?

First, it’s important to understand that animal science is a diverse field that encompasses everything from animal behavior to veterinary medicine. For those in university or early in their career, you’ll need to build a strong foundation of practical experience with animals to succeed in this field. This means seeking internships, volunteer opportunities, or entry-level jobs that allow you to work with animals and gain hands-on experience.

However, even with practical experience, networking remains an important aspect of a successful job search in animal science. This is because many jobs in this field are not publicly advertised and are instead filled through personal connections or professional recruiters. Building a strong peer network, including recruiters in your field, will make you more likely to hear about job openings and be referred to potential employers.

So, how can you build a network in animal science? Start by attending industry conferences and events, which offer opportunities to meet professionals in your field and learn about the latest trends and research. You can also join professional organizations or, simply, LinkedIn groups, which offer networking opportunities and resources for job seekers. To give you a headstart on networking, I have 10,000 LinkedIn connections, so sending me a connect is an excellent start to building your network. 

Of course, having a strong network is not the only factor in a successful job search. Acing the interview and having an updated resume and LinkedIn profile are also important. In fact, according to our poll, 9% of respondents believe that acing the interview is key, while 3% believe that an updated resume and LinkedIn profile are most important.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of agricultural and food scientists, which includes animal scientists, is projected to grow 6% from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. This means that there will be opportunities for those interested in animal science, but competition for jobs may be fierce.

Overall, a successful job search in animal science requires a combination of practical experience, networking, and strong interview skills. Building a strong network and seeking practical experience will increase your chances of landing your dream job in this rewarding field.

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Dan Simmons 

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About the Author

Dan Simmons founded Continental Search in 1996 but focused exclusively on animal nutrition recruiting in 2002. He has won over 20 awards from Top Echelon Network, America’s leading placement network, including Placer of the Year in 2009 and the prestigious Million Dollar Award.

Dan is currently focused on recruiting top talents such as nutritionists, technical support professionals, sales managers, and executive-level positions, including technical directors and VP of sales and marketing.

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