vetter45

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Hi all,

I had a question regarding internship applications. What is the cover letter/letter of intent supposed to be like for the match program. Is it comparable to a cover letter for a job or is it more flowery like your vet school essay?

Thanks!
 

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More like a cover letter. It is not intended to be a creative writing exercise. Some things to focus on:

1. Career goals
2. Any specific skills/experiences you want to highlight
3. Any explanations you feel are important. For example, if you took a year off school due to illness you probably want to explain that ... but dont' dwell on it.
4. Something that shows you understand what you are getting into.
5. Grammar and spelling must be perfect. Have several people proof read it for you. No longer than 1 page.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

William Thomas
 
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VetMedSurvivalGuide

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I agree with the above post. Some applicants will also include their out of work interests.

Similar to career goals, you can also add what you're looking for in a program and how you're well suited for it.
Also think of what skills you possess/gained though experience that other applicants might not.

On the other side of the spectrum, you want to avoid anything that might raise a red flag.
 
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vetter45

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Thank you for your replies, I really appreciate it!
 

Spdycat

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More like a cover letter. It is not intended to be a creative writing exercise. Some things to focus on:

1. Career goals
2. Any specific skills/experiences you want to highlight
3. Any explanations you feel are important. For example, if you took a year off school due to illness you probably want to explain that ... but dont' dwell on it.
4. Something that shows you understand what you are getting into.
5. Grammar and spelling must be perfect. Have several people proof read it for you. No longer than 1 page.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

William Thomas
On a side note, can a resume be used instead of a CV?
 

VetMedSurvivalGuide

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Yes. The difference between CV and resume is mostly semantics, depending on where you are from.
For the VIRMP match you are asked for a CV, not a resume. Even though they're similar, you want to make sure it looks like a CV, not a resume.
If you watch the videos on the VIRMP homepage, you'll see that they always mention CV. Same for when you register, one of the categories that needs to be completed (ie. file upload) is for the CV. For applications outside of the match a resume might be ok, but you'll have to check the requirements.
 
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