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Old 04-09-2012, 04:02 PM
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Also, re: cover letters.

A cover letter is your chance to tie your "stretch" information together. It's a stretch to say that being behind a pharmacy counter is the same as monitoring dogs at day care, but that's the place to say something like "My experience working with stressed pharmacy customers has helped me learn to be calm under pressure and be polite with difficult customers, something that I believe would be an asset to a customer facing position like a day care attendant".
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:34 PM
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Start going to them as a client, if it's a small business, many places prefer to hire from within. Make friends and connections. I found my current job because I was both a client and a friend of the owner, we regularly get walk-ins off the street looking for a job and I'm pretty sure none of them get looked at like a client would.

Customize your resume to each place. I have a different resume for vet work or for training or for daycare work.

Personal experience can help such as Member of APDT, (insert training group here), etc. You don't have to have been paid to work with dogs to be good at it, you just need to figure out how to sell your personal experience as valid.
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:15 PM
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I worked at the vet clinic because I was a dedicated client and I volunteered before. I was hired because they knew me well and for the fact I knew that I had done a lot of research. I don't think they've hired many, if any, non-clients.
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Regarding Adriennes idea, we NEVER hire clients. Ever. The reality of dropping your dog off and actually working in the back with your dog is completely different. I'm not saying places don't do it, but I will say most of the ones I've talked to don't hire clients.
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:44 PM
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Good thread!

I was thinking about applying at a local dog boarding place that was looking for help mainly on the weekends which would be PERFECT for me being in school 45 mins away Tues-Friday.

And I think I am going to make up a resume now to have and bring in. I, too, did not know how to put my personal experiences in there. I was a pet sitter for 3 years and had the same clients for most of them, who I know would all give me good recs.
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Yeah, we've never even called a client for an interview, though I think if we had someone really good apply we might. It's a funny line to walk.

But again stressing the customer service stuff. We have a freaking AMAZING receptionist at the vet clinic where I work who had zero pet industry experience but fantastic customer service skills. The medical stuff can be learned, but that ability to communicate with clients, deal with difficult people, multi-task, be pleasant no matter what is going on, etc.... that's harder to find.
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You guys are awesome!

I have one typed up, just waiting for my mother to look it over. She's good at that kind of stuff.

One place I sent an email off to over the weekend that is really close to my house is hiring so please keep your fingers and toes crossed! They do day care, training and boarding.
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You guys are awesome!

I have one typed up, just waiting for my mother to look it over. She's good at that kind of stuff.

One place I sent an email off to over the weekend that is really close to my house is hiring so please keep your fingers and toes crossed! They do day care, training and boarding.
Also, I know with our hiring procedure (vet clinic that offers grooming and boarding), we tend to do a working interview. Everybody whose resume seems good gets a shot at a working interview. (We'll normally have four or five people come in for one before we hire someone.) Although we care about what is on the paper, how the person actually handles being around a large volume of loud dogs with varying temperaments (some people just don't know how to handle dogs, even if they are applying to the vet school nearby) is so much more important than their "qualifications". Although some things come with time and practice, you can tell pretty quick who has dog sense and will be easy to work with and who doesn't and won't.

But yes, good luck!
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Also, I know with our hiring procedure (vet clinic that offers grooming and boarding), we tend to do a working interview. Everybody whose resume seems good gets a shot at a working interview. (We'll normally have four or five people come in for one before we hire someone.) Although we care about what is on the paper, how the person actually handles being around a large volume of loud dogs with varying temperaments (some people just don't know how to handle dogs, even if they are applying to the vet school nearby) is so much more important than their "qualifications". Although some things come with time and practice, you can tell pretty quick who has dog sense and will be easy to work with and who doesn't and won't.

But yes, good luck!
This. I've gone on a number of interviews where, the first face-to-face interview is just a "hi. This is our facility. When can you come in for a working interview?" kind of thing. It's pretty common in animal related fields for them to want to see if you're actually capable of working and interacting with animals. And, of course, that you fit in with the rest of the staff.

I suck at resume/cover letter writing though. Sometimes it amazes me that I ever get called for interviews.
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Regarding Adriennes idea, we NEVER hire clients. Ever. The reality of dropping your dog off and actually working in the back with your dog is completely different. I'm not saying places don't do it, but I will say most of the ones I've talked to don't hire clients.
I think all of the places I worked would (or did) hire clients, if they were the right person for the job.

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One place I sent an email off to over the weekend that is really close to my house is hiring so please keep your fingers and toes crossed! They do day care, training and boarding.
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