Finding a Job in the Equine Industry: Tiny rant/ Journal of me finding a job. - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 27 Old 03-21-2014, 05:45 AM Thread Starter
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Finding a Job in the Equine Industry: Tiny rant/ Journal of me finding a job.

Well after obtaining an Equine degree... Getting a job should be easy right? Nope.

I have applied for countless jobs, I really can't even guess at a number. Most of the time my applications are ignored and that's okay: The job is already taken, I don't have enough experience or I am not local enough. I have very much got used to having my application ignored as it happens about 85-90% of the time.

Since June last year, I have been looking for a job and the first one I applied for, I got. Way to lead me into a false sense of security. I love this job, a travelling groom job. 4-5 horses and a really nice group of people. BUT, I have been looking for more work since as this is only a weekend job from April-October. It's not every weekend, sometimes it is just one weekend a month so you can see why I am looking for more work or a more sustainable job.

Well at least there have been some responses but...
  • I have been told that my riding isn't good enough by someone who has never seen me ride.
  • I was told that my riding wasn't good enough by someone who gave me a lame horse to ride.
  • I have been offered a job abroad and as soon as I gave them my personal details, they ignored me.
  • I have been told that mucking out paper bedding is a very hard job and I probably wont be capable.
  • I have had potential employers practically giving me the job during the interview, gushing about how wonderful I was and that they would be on contact as soon as they knew when I could start. I've heard nothing from them.
  • I have had many say that I don't have enough experience and I think, for my age, I have a lot of experience. Especially as I was in education up until last year.
  • and a few get really personal about why they don't want to employ you which I think is so unnecessary.

Is it because I am young, short or a girl? I have no idea but I am not going to give up easily!

Keep your feet on the ground when your head's in the clouds.
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post #2 of 27 Old 03-22-2014, 12:11 AM
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I don't know enough about you or the horse industry in the UK to guess as to why you have not gotten a job. I do wish you the best, though. I certainly could not survive on so few hours.

Here in the States being young, female and/or short would not negatively impact one's job prospects as long as the person worked hard and was polite. Not saying you don't work hard or are not polite. I can't imagine what else employers are looking for where you are.
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post #3 of 27 Old 03-22-2014, 06:02 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks very much, I'm not going to give up :)
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post #4 of 27 Old 03-22-2014, 10:08 AM
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It's a very competitive industry, in a country with quite high unemployment. I think your situation is not unusual.

Are you applying for ALL jobs, or are you restricting yourself to those that require qualifications?

Have you tried knocking on doors of places that aren't advertising?

Are you doing any RDA volunteering?

Are you prepared to live on the job, as in move to a racing yard or similar?

Are you unwittingly putting restrictions in the way, making yourself sound inflexible? By which I mean, for example, do you perhaps specify what hours you can work rather than say 'I can work whenever, wherever'

Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.
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post #5 of 27 Old 03-22-2014, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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I am applying for ALL jobs that I am capable of.

I haven't gone round knocking on doors exactly but I have sent my CV to yards that are not necessarily looking to employ people. I thought it was worth a shot.

There aren't many yards around me so moving away will probably be a definite! I am definitely prepared to have a live-in job.

I have done a bit of volunteering in the past but again, there isn't much near me. I will try to do some RDA stuff this summer. Or perhaps PGL if you know what that is :)

The only thing that makes me inflexible is my horse. But most employers I have been in contact with understand that horsey people have horses! And usually, there is space at yards for employee's horses. Alternatively, if I get a job near me, he can stay at home or he can go out on loan. I have him advertised at the moment and if anyone is interested, I will jump at the chance!

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post #6 of 27 Old 03-22-2014, 12:55 PM
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Have you looked a show training barns for an apprentice position? Here in the US that would be how I'd recommend you start. There are several BIG barns that have well recognized apprenticeship programs for people new to the industry.

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Yes, I remember well going on a PGL holiday with my school 30 years ago!

The horse industry works very much on personal contacts, recommendations, and face-to-face. Your printed CV may well go unread, whilst you knocking on doors, introducing yourself will get you remembered.

Go in your work clothes, prepared to pick up a fork and muck out there and then to prove your worth.

You're in Point-to-point season now - try going round the trainers there looking for casual work.

Contact your local hunts to see if anyone is advertising for stable hands.

Get your name and face 'into everyone's face' as a hard worker who is worth giving a chance to.
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post #8 of 27 Old 03-22-2014, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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Dreamcatcher Arabians - Yeah! I am applying for apprenticeships too. I would rather be earning a bit of money because I need to! But, I haven't rules them out.

Shropshirerosie - Thanks! I am pretty much applying for everything. I haven't seen much in the way of point-to-point work but I also wouldn't rules that out. As long as it's horses and a bit of riding, I don't mind. Its good to hear from someone who is from my area :)

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Dreamcatcher Arabians - Yeah! I am applying for apprenticeships too. I would rather be earning a bit of money because I need to! But, I haven't rules them out.

Shropshirerosie - Thanks! I am pretty much applying for everything. I haven't seen much in the way of point-to-point work but I also wouldn't rules that out. As long as it's horses and a bit of riding, I don't mind. Its good to hear from someone who is from my area :)
Oh oops! Here in the US the apprentices are paid!

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Some here are paid, some aren't!

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