As an employer, I look for some one who is clean cut (meaning no sloppy pants or wearing sweats, looks like they have showered in the last day or two...have seen some pretty greasy characters show up in my day!
I want someone who is punctual, dedicated, and honest. If you make a mistake, I want to ensure that you wont make excuses, take credit for your error, learn and move on....nothing bothers me more then a worker who plays the blame game. Or criticizes others work ethic, when theres isnt shiney either!
I also want someone who realizes that working w horses is not a 9-5 job...there will be overtime, and you will be expected to stay to the job is done
I want someone who works well under pressure, and can stay calm, focus, and ensure that the situation is dealt with promptly and in the most efficient manner.........nothing like having a barn worker running around freaking out cause a horse is cast, or got out of thier paddock, figure it out!!
I want someone friendly, and can have a good attitude toward clients even though the cleint may be the biggest b**** in the world and is being unreasonable...must still act professional, and be able to compromise.
Horse boarding is a PEOPLE business just as much as a horse business, so must be able to work well with all types of people.
Those are the main things I focus on.....but of course there is jst that feeling you get when you meet an prospective employee whether or not they will be a good fit.
I have turned away very experienced horse people, in exchange for the less experienced just because I knew that the latter would work out better just based on their personality.
I once hired a girl who had very little horse experience, I just had a good feeling about her....she was a quick learner, had common sense (which cannot be taught!)...she turned out the best worker I ever had!!