Tips for finding a job
Are you looking for a job?
The British Grooms Association (BGA) is the professional membership association for all equestrian grooms and we understand how important it is to find the right job.
The first step is to be a BGA member - join us today - where you will have access to tools to help support you on your search for a new job.
Here are our tips for your job search and how to be successful at getting your new position:
Many prospective employers will want you to email your CV outlining your experience and suitability for the position. Keep this concise and professional.
Use the BGA CV Creator to ensure that your application looks professional and stands out.
decide what is important
Before you begin your search for a new job it is helpful to make a list of the things that are important to you.
Location is key, and it is important to consider how far away from home you would be happy to be, especially if you want to go home on your days off. Consider what area of equestrianism does your passion lie in? Do you want to ride, travel, or get training?
Once you have an idea in your head of what you are looking for you can begin your job search.
Think outside of the box
Although it's good to have a clear start point about what is important to you, be open to ideas and think outside the box as you might be happily surprised.
Just because you have always worked in dressage, does not mean that you wouldn't enjoy working in racing. Sometimes a change can make a real difference to your happiness in a job.
HAVE A PROFESSIONAL CV
Having a professional and well written CV can be the first point of contact that you have with a potential employer, so it is important that yours stands out, is concise, outlines your skills and experience level and is mistake free. The BGA's CV Creator will remove the hassle of creating your CV and allow you to focus solely on your job application.
Don’t forget your email address will also make the first impression so it is important to have a professional email address (not email@example.com) and ensure that your signature on your email includes your contact details.
Keep your emails professional and well written.
Answer your phone
Always answer your phone professionally! A good example would be 'Hello Jane speaking...'
If you have a missed call always phone back - if a recruitment agency or potential employer doesn't get hold of you by calling, then you might miss out on an opportunity.
Improve your skills
Challenge yourself and improve your skills - for example, if you want to be a competition groom then spend time on perfecting how to plait. Online training is an excellent way to develop your skills and should be documented on your CV. The BGA offers free e-learning for members.
where to find a job
Although there are a lot of jobs on social media this is not always the best way of finding a job. The BGA Job Board has lots of vacancies, or consider joining an equine recruitment agency that will match you to specific jobs. This service is usually free for job seekers, and the jobs have been 'vetted' by the agency.