9 Tips to Nail a Job in the Equine Industry


Recently, it has been great to see schools offering equine programs. These produce knowledgeable professionals and creates standardization across the industry. But are grads from these programs finding the jobs they want in the industry?

Many of them will probably end up working as in a barn or maybe they’ll take an office position until something opens up in their field. For many, the hardest part may be just getting their foot in the door. So, what’s the best way to do that?

  1. Keep in touch with former employers and colleagues. They may know of positions coming available and could be used as references.
  1. Follow instructions – read the entire job posting to find out exactly what the employer is asking for. It would be a shame to miss out on a great opportunity because your application was missing one line of information.
  1. Don’t just print off your standard resume and cover letter. Tailor it to the position you are applying for. Is your dream job not posted. Try sending your resume off to the company. They may have something come up that is not publicly available yet.
  1. Come to the interview prepared. This is not the time or place to wing it. Bring questions to show that you did some research about the company and to find out if the company and/or role is right for you.
  1. Be honest. Don’t pad your resume with skills that you don’t have. The truth will eventually come out.  It also goes the other way too. If the job is not for you, say so.
  1. Work out details of accommodations or how you are going to get to this job ahead of time. You don’t want to waste their time or yours if you get a job only to find out you won’t be able to show up to work on time (or at all!)
  1. Show that you are interested. Show up on time and dress appropriately. You don’t need to show up in a suit or skirt if it’s a position in a barn, but look professional.
  1. Show initiative and don’t be shy. Be confident about yourself and what skills you can bring to the company.
  1. Be realistic about wages. Unfortunately most positions in the equine industry are not well paid.
February 15, 2017 |

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