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Hi Member,

RUOK Day is next Thursday and although these conversations need to happen every day, this initiative is a great place to start: "We inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them and start a conversation with anyone who may be struggling with life. You don't need to be an expert to reach out - just a good friend and a great listener." The RUOK website has some fantastic resources to help you to encourage these conversations in your workplace.

Also this week you'll find a guest blog post from one of our favourite bloggers, Dr Hubert Hiemstra: Avoid making mistakes & you may not grow into the best possible version of you with more straight-talking advice, no matter what stage you're at in your veterinary career.

We're also celebrating the Best of the Gold Coast: Top 10 Vets, as voted by readers of the Gold Coast Bulletin and announced last week. We love seeing Vetanswers members amongst the Top 10! :) (Don't forget to let us know about other similar awards so we can celebrate with you).

And this week we also have a Member's Poll: Do you have mandatory lunch breaks in your veterinary business? Click on the link to answer Yes or No.

Finally, we've got two posts focusing on your career, including one from the newest company to join our Business Directory: KICK ASS VETS.

Our aim has always been to help you...

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Enjoy your reading :)

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Vetanswers Blog Posts....

Avoid making mistakes & you may not grow into the best possible version of you

Most veterinarians have a long history of success & achievement, so when faced with the embarrassment of failure it can be a uncomfortable space to occupy.

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Welcome to the Vetanswers Business Directory...

Free Listing: KICK ASS VETS

KICK ASS VETS provides practical, tangible and immediately implementable tools to help EMPOWER veterinarians to fall back in love with their career!

Click here to visit their Business Directory Page

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Congratulations to....

Best of the Gold Coast Top 10 Vets 2019 red

If you know of anyone in the veterinary industry who receives an award, please send the details to us via email or on social media as we love to help celebrate!

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RUOK Day is on Thursday 12 September....

Trust the Signs, Trust Your Gut & Ask RUOK?

In 2019 RUOK Day is on Thursday 12 September:
"R U OK?Day is our national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone to ask, “Are you OK?” and to remember every day of the year to support people who may be struggling with life’s ups and downs."

Click here to visit the RUOK Website for a huge range of resources.

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Member's Poll: Do you have mandatory lunch breaks in your veterinary business?

Should lunch breaks be mandatory? (HRD)

"New research suggests that – while managers recognize the importance of staff being able to step away from work during the lunch hour – “some bosses look down upon employees who take regular lunch breaks when evaluating their job performance”."

Click here to read the post

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Focus on: Your career....

Combating Clinic 'Smoke Screens' when Asking for a Raise

By Dr Ann Herbst (KICK ASS VETS)

If you've been thinking of asking for a raise but you're not quite sure how to go about it, then this blog post could be just what you need.

"KICK ASS VETS will show you not only how to ask for a raise, but also how to combat common ‘smokescreen’ responses that clinics make to not give you one!"

So if you've been...

▪ previously underpaid
▪ your job description has changed
▪ you don't have routine performance reviews, or
▪ it's time for your new grad 6-month review
previously underpaid
your job description has changed
you don't have routine performance reviews, or
it's time for your new grad 6-month review

have a read to find scripted responses to these situations and more....

Regret

Playing it safe? 10 career moves people regret (HRD)

It's never too late for employees to make bold decisions:

Top 10 career regrets

1. Not taking more initiative
2. Not having enough mentorship or guidance
3. Playing it safe or not taking more chances
4. Not maintaining their network
5. Not quitting a job they disliked sooner
6. Not negotiating hard enough for raises (see blog post above)
7. Not focusing enough on advancing their career
8. Not networking enough
9. Not negotiating a higher starting salary
10. Not working harder in school
1. Not taking more initiative
2. Not having enough mentorship or guidance
3. Playing it safe or not taking more chances
4. Not maintaining their network
5. Not quitting a job they disliked sooner
6. Not negotiating hard enough for raises (see blog post above)
7. Not focusing enough on advancing their career
8. Not networking enough
9. Not negotiating a higher starting salary
10. Not working harder in school
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