The Horse Groom's Resume Makeover! 

What can happen to your resume when it gets the makeover of the century!

 

You may recall a little resume makeover scholarship that I hosted a few months ago.  I have partnered with Marcia Hancock of The Job Search Advisor to provide one lucky person with a revamped resume.  Why?  Because the horse industry can be tricky to get into, and a professional resume will open the door for you.  For a primo and amazing job.  

 

So let’s get down to the good stuff!  The winner of the Pro Equine Grooms resume makeover is Sara Sektnan.  In chatting with Sara, she brought up lots of good reasons to get help with your resume - especially in the horse industry!  

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Sara tells us “ I knew my resume needed some work because I am inexperienced in the job field, and although I did have a resume, I knew it wasn't the best quality.  It is hard to find the right words sometimes, and to put your skills on paper, especially in the horse industry where there are so many specialized skills.  Where on a resume do you put that you can wrap polos or you are an expert stall cleaner?  Growing up with horses, many of my skills did not come from a specific job, but just life experiences and I knew that my resume did not reflect that.”  I think we can all agree that it’s difficult to decide what to include, and what to exclude, on a resume.  And then how do your properly phrase your experiences?  

 

Creating a professional resume is also about adding things that perhaps you have deleted in previous attempts at a resume.  Sara sums this up nicely by adding “There are many things absent on my old resume   But I think Marcia did such a good job of giving thorough descriptions of my skills and work experiences, while still being concise.  I feel like this is a hard question, but mostly information presented in a memorable way was missing from my old resume.  I had my jobs presented, but not in a way that would ‘wow’ somebody.  Marcia even pointed out tasks that I see as everyday and not worth mentioning, and highlighted them as key assets I didn't realize were important.”

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So then Marcia and Sara set out to revamp the resume - the following is an overview of how Sara's resume morphed into something worthy of a top shelf, highly coveted job in the horse industry.  

 

THE DEBUT 

A First Resume may be the most important investment of your entire career.   

 

Your First Resume:  

  • Sets the tone for your early career 

  • Defines your initial professional direction 

  • Introduces you to the ‘real work world’ 

  • Motivates you to move forward 

  • Reflects your value in the job market  

  •  Is your professional reputation. 

 

INTRODUCING SARA 

In Sara’s Own Words: 

 

“I use my knowledge of the horse’s anatomy and muscular functions in all of my work with horses.  It gives me a better understanding of their bodies and keeping them happy.” 

“I help people better communicate with their horse.   When people feel happy with their horses and have a good ride, or feel whatever they are doing is a success, it is because there was a clear flow of communication between horse and rider.   

Frustration happens when there is a misunderstanding between horse and rider.” 

 

THE CHALLENGE 

Sara was an accomplished rider before she could walk.  Her love of horses was instilled within her during her early years and continued into adulthood. Sara’s passion to succeed and make a difference carries her forward in her goal to be an accomplished equine professional. 

 

‘Translating’ past barn and stable management and Trainer’s Assistant experience and youth-oriented equine competitions into ‘real world’ was the goal in creating a resume that would work for Sara. 

 

  • Amateur Status to professional recognition. 

  • Youth activities as solid work experience. 

  • A passion for horses as tangible evidence of professional dedication.   

  • Life-long connection with Equine industry. 

  • Highlight Certifications, Competitions 

  • MN Paint Association Competitor 

  • Riding Master I 

  • Equine Sports Therapy Certificate 

 

HEAD OF THE CLASS! 

Your Heading Is Your Brand, tells the world Who and What You AreWhat You Do and What Is Your Expertise. 

  

EARLIER LOOK 

Sara Rose  

(000) 555-9616 

sararose @ randomemail.com 

 

NEW LOOK! 

EQUESTRIAN PROFESSIONAL  

MASSAGE THERAPY | STABLE MANAGEMENT | GROOM | HANDLER 

 

DO YOU NEED A SUMMARY? 

Strong Summary Statement is an: 

  • Introduction to Your Audience  

  • Quick and Effective ‘Branding’ Statement 

  • Clear and Concise Background Statement 

  • Highlights Strengths, Skills 

  • Communicates Your Uniqueness 

  • Format 

  • 2 to 3 bullets replace paragraph 

  • Combination 2 to 3 sentences w/ bullets   

 

SUMMARY for the NEWCOMER 

 

EARLIER LOOK-NONE 

 

NEW LOOK! 

Life-long and dedicated Equestrian professional bringing to the Equine industry in-depth experience within multiple disciplines including Riding, Training, Horse Safety, Jumpers, and Equine Healthcare and maintenance.  

WHAT ARE ACCOMPLISHMENTS? 

Achievements ‘in sync’ with your Personal Brand.  An Accomplishment is something completed, fulfilled or achieved that is ‘Above & Beyond’. 

Ask Yourself: 

  • What are you most proud of? 

  • How have you made a difference at work? 

  • What completed special projects set you apart? 

  • What do you do better than anyone else? 

  • What were the quantifiable results? 

  • What challenges and obstacles did you overcome? 

EARLIER LOOK-NONE 

 

NEW LOOK! 

Designed and implemented a direct and effective method to communicate daily barn activities and operations ensuring horses were fed, exercised, and received veterinary care as needed.  

Direct the care and safety of at least thirty (30) horses for daily activities including exercise schedules, grooming, and health maintenance including preventive veterinary and Ferrier care, daily health assessments and staff assignments. 

Competitor, Minnesota Paint Horse Association             

CERTIFICATIONS 

EARLIER LOOK-NONE 

 

NEW LOOK! 

Equine Sports Therapy CertificateEquissage, Round Hill, VA     

Riding Master I, Western, Meredith Manor International Equestrian Center     

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

EARLIER LOOK- NONE

 

NEW LOOK! 

 

Equestrian Center, Honolulu, HI     

Groom/Trainer’s Assistant 

Essential team member to the preparation of trained horses for riding shows and equine events.  Key participant in the effort to gain the trust of horses and familiarize horses with the human voice 

  • Condition ‘green broke’ horses in the fit of saddles, bridles and bits building trust and a solid working relationship. 

  • Support daily barn management activities including turn-outs for grazing, stall cleanliness, supply and inventory checks-ready to use including first aid supplies, wraps and related provisions. 

 

EDUCATION 

EARLIER LOOK 

 

Anywhere Community College 

Coursework included:  Psychology, Microeconomics, Chemistry, Biology, English, Computer, and Communications among others. 

Anywhere Pacific University 

Coursework included:  Business Management and Spanish among others. 

 

NEW LOOK! 

Anywhere Community College, Honolulu, HI 

General Education Studies  

Anywhere Pacific UniversityHonolulu, HI 

Business Management, Spanish studies 


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Sara now has a new look for her new career.  If you would like a new look for the New Year and your new career, contact The Job Search Advisor, Marcia@thejobsearchadvisor.com.   


 

A wonderful thank you to Marcia Hancock from The Job Search Advisor for putting all of this together!  You can find Marcia on her website, http://thejobsearchadvisor.com/, and on Facebook here!