For many veterinarians, the thought of changing jobs can be quite overwhelming. There are so many considerations from confidentiality, hospital culture, compensation and career growth to name a few. The fact of the matter is that this your life and it is important to work in a hospital where you can not just grow, but thrive. And what this looks like for you can be completely different for another veterinarian. What makes a person tick is not universal. Some veterinarians thrive in a fast paced environment while others prefer a steady pace. Educating clients in a more thorough manner is a priority for some and not for others. Mentorship is another concern for recent graduates.
There are several overall considerations to brainstorm when thinking of starting the job search. These include:
- Describe in detail your priorities in a hospital and a position
- Describe in detail your priorities in life outside the hospital
- Think about where you see yourself in 5 years and work backwards
- Make a plan for the job search process and commit to it
- Consider working with career professionals
Once the process is started and the offers are being made, a new set of questions arise. Is this compensation package competitive, can I negotiate vacation time, can the offer deadline be extended, what else should I be considering?
If you would like a link to our “Offer Evaluation Spreadsheet”, please let me know. It provides a structure for a comprehensive analysis of an offer and the structure to compare offers. It not only includes financial considerations but also hospital culture, work environment, facilities and equipment and lifestyle.
Please contact me at Laura@VetCareerServices.com or 804.833.0585