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Old 04-09-2012, 12:59 PM
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Default For those that work at Vet Clinics, Daycares or Training Facilities:

I'm trying to apply to various dog related jobs and I wanted to know if you all could help me. What are things I should push that would put me in a better running?

I have no paid work experience with vets or training or dogs but a lot of personal experience and self taught knowledge. But it's hard to get that to translate through a resume which I'm already really really bad at coming up with.

I work at a pharmacy as a tech and have been there for almost six years so I figure that's a decent start (at least for the vet clinics) but I just am having so much trouble figuring out how to word a resume and what skills to push.

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Old 04-09-2012, 01:02 PM
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Any cleaning experience you have will help. Any bathing experience, grooming usually isn't done by daycares just bathing, here anyway. List books you may have read about body language and dog interaction, training books, possibly your clicker training experience with Trav.
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:11 PM
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Ok, another stupid question, should I when I list my 'Skills' on the resume put them in list order (bullet points) or more of a paragraph type?

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Old 04-09-2012, 01:20 PM
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:29 PM
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I would emphasize your customer service experience as well. My years of working face to face with the general public has always been a huge asset no matter which job I've applied for, even if all the job will include is inter-office relationships, because they can generally assume that I'm not a terrible ($%^# to deal with if I've managed to work with the public for a long time and never gotten fired for being a jerk to people...

My skills are listed in a bullet point format, but grouped. So like art programs are grouped together, video programs are together, radio specific programs are grouped together, coding languages are group together... yeah.
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:29 PM
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I'd done a lot of house/pet-sitting for people so I put that on my resume, but it still lacked in any dog experience type stuff regardless. It was hard to include all of my dog experience and knowledge in a resume alone, since none of it really pertained to jobs, and so I created a cover letter which helped explain different things. Even if they didn't ask for a cover letter I included it with my resume when I applied for different jobs anyway. Not sure if that's a normal or good thing to do, but I started getting a lot more phone calls after that and finally found a dog related job that I don't mind.

Good luck! Wish I had some more helpful advice. :-)
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:34 PM
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Another stupid question, what exactly is a Cover Letter? Could you explain a bit more what you put on yours Toller?

And thanks Shai! I need it because my resume just isn't coming together.

And thanks a ton Beanie! I'll stress that because out of everything I do at my job dealing with customers is what I'm the best at. I'm the one they send to always help people.
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Another stupid question, what exactly is a Cover Letter? Could you explain a bit more what you put on yours Toller?
It's a letter basically stating why you feel you would be best suited to a particular position. You provide additional information as far as experience and skills and explain why/how those skills and experiences would be beneficial to the job you're applying for. Basically, most of these points would already be on a resume, but you can further explain with a cover letter. I don't have mine with me right now to look at, but I think I just explained what all I do with my dogs as far as training goes and what I know about behaviour, nutrition, etc. and where I learned about those things. I also included my history of experience with pet sitting for other people, and I've also done a fair amount of bathing/tidying dogs I know also, so I included that. I figured every little bit had to help, and it seemed to.
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:27 PM
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I've had almost nothing but dog related jobs since high school - I worked at a greenhouse one summer when I was a teen and did some babysitting - otherwise it's all been dog related

Many of these places are small and privately owned. I've never needed a resume to get a job at any of them. That isn't to say it won't help you or be useful in some places but around here, these places don't tend to look for resumes or have people fill out applications. They don't tend to have a lot of staff, so things are often done on a more personal basis. Often the best way to get such jobs is to know people who have them that can recommend you when a position opens up. None of the people I have worked for would hire someone based on a resume or application anyway (well except Petsmart). They tend to want to talk to you and see if they think you'll fit in. Of course, that's just here with small businesses and I'm sure it's not the case with all dog related jobs.

If you're interested in working at a grooming shop, it's not a bad time to start calling around or stopping by and asking if they are looking for bathers. A lot of shops hire an extra bather for the summer and it's a good way to get some "dog job" experience. Working in grooming you'll get experience that could help get a job at a vet's office as well. Although around here, unless you're a vet of course vet office jobs don't tend to pay better (and sometimes don't pay as well) as grooming shop jobs. Around here, registered vet techs and "vet assistants" tend to get about equal pay too. Your pharmacy work could certainly be of interest for a vet's office job. For a doggy daycare job, you're already over qualified LOL I doubt you'd have any trouble getting hired at one that had a position open.
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Seconding the emphasis on customer service! You worked as a pharmacist--so surely you have dealt with fast paced, chaotic rushes of customers (like a day care at pick up/drop off), you've dealt with finicky people (like mommy dropping off Fifi for a weekend of boarding), and you have attention to detail (like dogs who are not allowed specific treats or have to be monitored for certain signs).

I'd put the "skills" at the bottom. Mine are just a line of comma separated values, because I didn't have space to bullet point them and keep everything to one page. I don't think the formatting matters so much though.

I struggled when creating a new resume for teaching, since I was transitioning from the business world. I ended up putting a lot of volunteer work on there, since it was more relevant. Have you ever walked or trained friends'/neighbors' dogs? Do you volunteer with traveler in any way?
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