We have recently been reviewing lots of resumes at our clinic. Many resumes come with no cover letter. I like a cover letter because it tells a little more about the person that is applying and what they are looking for, rather than just the list of qualifications on the resume.
The cover letter will be the first thing the hiring company will see about you. Candidates with a good cover letter will be more likely to get an interview. Below I have included a sample cover letter that you may use as a template (you can plug in your own information and skills) or use as a general idea to create your own.
ALWAYS check for spelling errors or have someone review your resume prior to sending. In addition, if you are applying to multiple places, make sure to change the information for each place. I have received resumes that had other practice names on there, and the lack of attention to details such as this can be a turn-off for employers.
There are a few main points to include:
- Why you are interested and seeking the position
- BRIEF history of your involvement in veterinary medicine/schooling
- Skill set list
- Contact information
Cover Letter Example:
Canyon Animal Clinic
123 Veterinary Road
Dear Dr. WonderVet or Office Manager:
I am contacting you regarding the veterinary technician position I saw posted on Indeed. I believe I would be a great fit for your practice and can fill the requirements listed.
From the time that I was young I have always taken an interest in animals. In high school I began volunteering at a rescue organization and since then have continued working toward my goal of being a successful veterinary technician.
After graduating from high school, I worked as a kennel technician at ABC Pet Hospital, and then went on to complete a veterinary technician program at Vet Tech Academy. Since graduating from my veterinary technician program 4 years ago, I have worked as a full-time vet tech for XYZ Pet Hospital. In addition to my experience as a veterinary technician, I am also cross-trained and can perform duties in the reception area. I am relocating closer to your hospital, and looking for a position near my home.
My skill set includes the following:
I have a positive attitude and work hard to provide good service in the hospital. Attached is my resume. Please contact me if you would like to set up an interview. I look forward to hearing from you!
Thank you for your consideration.
Sally Smith, CVT