Having managed international competition yards and recruited staff herself The Gaitpost’s Recruitment Advisor, Sarah Huntley, has been startled by some of the mistakes she has seen equestrian job seekers make.
In her second instalment, Sarah, MD of Equine Elite, the multi award-winning specialist equestrian recruitment agency, tells us how to steer clear of these five common mistakes. You’ll be doing yourself a huge favour and be well on your way to securing your dream job!
1. A badly written CV
In the past, in the equestrian industry, job applications have often been done through word-of-mouth. Nowadays, it is nearly always imperative to have a well-written, clear and concise CV to show potential employers or recruitment agents. Include your basic information, any qualifications you have obtained and your work history – in reverse chronological order (most recent role first). It is common to provide two referees, who you will have asked in advance to include their details on your CV – to be contacted if the need arises.
I receive a large number of CV’s on a daily basis at Equine Elite – and it really helps me when they are clearly written, spell checked and make sense! If you are not confident on a computer, rope in a computer-literate friend in to help. Save your CV as a PDF in a legible font and you’re halfway there already! Here at Equine Elite, we provide a CV template to assist our job seekers in putting their details down on paper, so please get in touch if you would like your free copy.
2. Applying for every job you come across
This makes you look desperate – and suggests a lack of focus. I always try to encourage job seekers to make one application at a time to ensure they are putting 100% into each opportunity. Recruitment agents should be happy to provide advice to job seekers – so make the most of this service. I find some candidates aren’t always sure of the type of role that would suit them – so I am always more than happy to spend time chatting on the phone or email to help narrow the search.
3. Not Preparing Well Enough for Interviews
Come interview time, nothing puts an employer off more than the interviewee not knowing anything about their business or the role they have applied for. So much information is online, so take some time before your interview to read up about your prospective employer and prepare some questions to show you know a little about their business / sport. ‘Google’ their name, find their website or look up their recent competition results on British Eventing/BSJA/BD etc.
4. Poor Interview Etiquette
I always advise job seekers to arrive 5-10 minutes before their scheduled interview time; arriving late immediately gives a bad impression. Depending on the role you have applied for, dress appropriately, making sure you are clean, tidy and well presented. Ensure your mobile phone is on silent or switched off for the duration of the interview. Take the initiative and introduce yourself to the employer, shake the employer’s hand and look them in the eye. Be confident and sell yourself from the outset. Smile!
If it is a working interview, work quickly, thoroughly and efficiently – remember – you are trying to impress. If you are not sure how to do something, always ask – it shows you are willing to learn. Avoid discussing the salary during the interview – this can be saved for a later date. Be sure to thank the employer for their time and ask any final questions you have before leaving.
5. Lack of communication
In a world of being constantly ‘online’, a lack of communication with your recruitment agent or potential employer is not really excusable. Prompt, professional and polite communication throughout the application, interview and job offer process either by email or phone sets a good tone from the outset.
If you change your mind about a job application or job offer, let the employer and / or recruitment agent know as soon as possible – by email or phone. The equestrian industry is a small world – and a bad reputation is the last thing a job seeker needs if they are to have a long and successful career!
Exciting opportunity to join a successful expanding Point-to-point yard based on the outskirts of Newmarket. Successful candidate must have previous experience within racing / pointing, be able to ride work and be capable of riding young thoroughbreds. Opportunity to school and go racing. A team player is a must. No mucking out. 48 hours per week over six days. Competitive salary package available. Live-in or live-out – on-site accommodation available if required. Own horse and well-behaved dog a possibility for the right person. (Ref # 304)
Need a hand with your job search? Check out our current vacancies here: http://www.equineelite.co.uk/jobs/ or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07907 794196. Our service is completely FREE for job seekers!