Ready for a job working with horses? Your resume needs to stand out from all the other applications for the same job. There are a number of standards you need to apply to your resume to ensure it goes to the top of the pile, rather than directly to the nearest bin. Just a few simple actions during the planning of your resume will give you a greater opportunity to secure your next position.
Presentation is paramount: Your presentation needs to stand out, but for the right reasons – the content and layout of your resume. If you wanted horse trailer insurance you would search for horse trailer insurance online, not life assurance policies. Thinking out of the box might send your resume to the returns pile.
Use white paper of the standard size so potential HR managers won’t return your CV without looking at it. If you are in the Australia or UK you will use A4 paper, but if you are applying for a position in the USA then you will need to use US letter size. With the internet being so easily available, it’s easy to check paper information for your application.
Use standard fonts like Times Roman. If you choose to use a fancy font to show off your artistic skills, you are going to stand out for the wrong reasons and your application may not be easily read. Use size 12 for your font as this is easily readable. If you try to reduce to font size 9 to pack in more information your resume will just look too busy and potentially become unreadable – and maybe even unread.
Present your skills: Whether you are applying for farm work, groom work or office work, you should begin your resume by showing off your skills. This is what sets you apart from the other applicants. Some positions, like stable lads or lasses, receive hundreds of applications. If HR managers have little time to read a couple of hundred resumes completely, they will at least scan the first few lines. That’s where you have the opportunity to impress so that they will read through your entire resume.
Spell checking is vital: Make spell checker and grammar checker your friends, but don’t rely on them. Make sure they are switched on when you write your resume, but check each suggestion as they are not always 100% right. Sometimes your spellchecker will say a word is right when clearly it isn’t, but the word is right in another context.
Once your resume is finished, read it out aloud. This is a good way to show you spelling or grammar that is incorrect. You may hear a spelling mistake that you have become blind to because you have read your resume so many times while trying to make it the best in the world.
Ask close friends or family to read your resume to have them check it for spelling or grammar. They might be able to make suggestions to improve your resume. You don’t have to approve all suggestions, but any that do improve your resume may take you a step nearer to your new position.
If you are looking for an office position such as marketing at an equine centre, then use correct industry jargon to show you know what you’re writing about and can prove your ability. If you stumble over the wrong term it might be ignored if it’s for your first job on a farm, but for a farm manager you had better choose the right words.
Ensure your references are up to date: Some HR managers check references before inviting you for an interview. Some believe it’s better to spend a couple of minutes on the telephone checking your claims rather than potentially waste an hour in an interview.
Make sure the names, addresses, emails and telephone numbers of your references are correct. People do change jobs, like you, so you might need to update reference information from time to time.
Final checks: Check that time line holes don’t appear because you were out of work looking after a relative or completing volunteer work. Explain away time loss as HR managers will always believe the worst until proven otherwise. Take the time to check your resume is the best it can be, for that next breeding, estate management or racing position might be that much closer if you take the time to perfect your resume.
If you are working in the equestrian industry as a professional be it in racing, harness, training, massage, dental, vet or anything for that matter, knowing the personality of a horse is going to assist you in making informed decisions about the horse.
Like people, every horse is different and like people some horses find it easier to learn or respond if we communicate with them in a way they understand.
People have different ways of perceiving their environment and learning. Some of us are kinesthetic, some auditory and some visual.
Horse’s are very similar. The horse personality decoder will help you understand how to pick the personality of the horse and then how to work, train and handle that horse which is going to be safer for you and the horse. You can download information and our decoders at: www.horsepersonality.com.au
To get you started, there are four key indicators that will help you work out the personality of your horse. Does your horse appear to be:
Thinking – smart
Reactive – emotional
Expressive – likes to move
Lazy – Unmotivated
We then work out if it is a horse that likes to:
Move a lot but is calm thinking – this is a True Blue
Moves but can be out of control and emotional, panics – this is a Red Hot
Doesn’t like to do much, is stubborn, smart and lazy – this is a Purple Pain
Doesn’t like to move but is shutdown, aloof and evasive – this is a Yellow Belly
So how is this going to help you in your work place.
If you know that a True Blue needs to move his feet, needs variety and has an explorative, creative nature then you can create a plan that will get the most out of this horse. They love to move and run and these horses, treated right are great race horses – make sure you mix it up for them and they will love you for it. If these horses aren’t given the opportunity to be creative and have a bit of fun, they get grumpy, dominating and intimidating – make some work place environments dangerous. Red horses love to run too, however, they are way more sensitive and prone to emotional and mental burn-out so they need a very sensitive patient handler or they will become out of control, reactive and dangerous.
A lot of harnes horses are purples, they’re unflappable but they still like to move. If these horses are given lots of rewards like doing nothing in between each session of training they will out perform for you. Yellow’s are mostly man made after being in the ruff and tumble industry of equestrian sports. They are shutdown and evasive, this is often the result of bad handling, and poor and unnatural environments. They are not suited to equestrian sports unless they have exceptional training and handlers.
If you are looking for an edge and knowledge that is going to make you stand out at work or with clients, take the time to read through our personalities and training strategies. They are well researched, tried and tested and have given many handlers and riders amazing results and rewards.
Imagine being able to problem solve a situation of a horse in your work place because you now know the personality and how to communicate with that horse. Developing this insight developes you as a horse handler/trainer and creates a skill you will have for life around horses.
The Blue horse is a horse that loves to express its nature mentally, physically and emotionally. They are extremely quick learners and need creative leadership as anything repetitive will drive them mad. They are very confident and love to show off, they love attention, people and playing. In the wrong hands their play can become dangerous and intimidating as they are very good at inventing games and taking over. They love to rule the roost and be the centre of attention, playing with everything and anything in their paddock.
Key Personality Indicators:
Desirable Traits: Forward, Thinking, Inquisitive, Like To Move, Clever, Playful, Quick Learner, Confident, Creative, Honest, Likes to Move, Sociable, Smart, Athletic, Mouthy
Undesirable Traits: Challenging, Takes Over, Intimidating, Invents Games, Pushy, Dominant, Defiant, Bad Mannered, Excitable, Mischievous
Training Strategies: Variety is the key to training this horse, flat work in an arena will drive them mad and before long they will be inventing games and spooking. Try to be creative in how you train this horse, use applied dressage strategies rather than teaching the end goal. The Blue Horse needs to be entertained and detest a monotonous approach such as mindless circles and lunging. It’s essential that you do regular, creative ground work with this horse. They need exceptionally strong leadership, time and feel. Trying to keep this personality under control through dominance rather than leadership will shut the horse down making him insecure, dangerous and grumpy. They make excellent Dressage horses if you can capture their natural flamboyancy without shutting them down, they love games, hunting, cutting cows and activities that are energetic and interesting
The Red horse is a highly sensitive, instinctive, intuitive, emotional horse. They are very quick learners and extremely willing as they will do almost anything to avoid pressure. They need to move and love a job. They are born worry warts and can easily become fearful and panic, they tend to react first and think later, shying and spooking easily, leaving you fearful. They are the most likely to be herd bound and notice the smallest changes in their environment. They are honest and wear their hearts on their sleeve.
Key Personality Indicators
Desirable Traits: Energetic, Motivated, Eager, Forward, Likes to Move, Perceptive, Soft, Willing, Honest, Action Rich, Vocal, lateral thinkers, Expressive, Highly Intuitive.
Undesirable Traits: Reactive, Bolts, Tantrums, Emotional, Panics, Crowds You, Shy/Spook, Accident Prone, Herd Bound, Distracted, Restless, Hyper Active, Lose the Plot, Dominate out of Fear.
Training Strategies: The Red Horse needs to be kept busy and tuned in to the rider at all times. They like to move so you need to be able to go with the horse and not hold them back. Because they can be easily distracted giving them a job helps them and you stay focused. They are ultra sensitive so you only need to think what you want and they’ll respond. When the Red horse “Loses the plot” they will often need a pattern interrupt, so do something that takes their mind off their problem. They also need consistency as change really bothers them, so don’t keep changing the rules on them. Don’t try and work with this horse either if you’ve had a bad day, they’ll always catch you out. Forceful aids, punishment and bad timing will send this horse completely over the edge, so less is always more with the Red Horse.
The Purple horse is very independently minded and often known as the “bombproof” horse. They’re unflappable, reliable and a loyal friend. However, these horses can also be one of the most frustrating horses to own as they are not easily motivated, giving them the name of “royal pain in the butt”. They are often not worried about what the herd is doing and are happy doing their own thing, which normally involves eating or standing. To train a horse like this you need to offer many rewards and think laterally, as they can be very contrary.
Key Personality Indicators
Desirable Traits: Reliable, Calm, Accommodating, Consistent, Tenacious, Congruent, Confident, Loyal, Bomb Proof, Unflappable, Non-reactive, Thinking, Strategic, Relaxed.
Undesirable Traits: Defiant, Doesn’t Like To Move, Contrary, Buck/Rear, Sucks Back, Over Powers, Bores Quickly, Rebellious, Tunes Out, Calculating, Rigid, Lazy, Tough Minded.
Training Strategies: The Purple Horse requires a very clever, patient owner. This horse is naturally oppositional, and will nearly always be inclined to do the opposite of what you ask. You will need to be equipped, with exceptional lateral thinking skills and not be someone who gets hot under the collar quickly or you’ll go mad. They didn’t get the name “Purple Pain” for nothing. Because these horses love standing around and eating and doing nothing you can use this to your advantage, using food and lots of stops as a way of getting the horse to work with you works like a treat!!! The Purple Horse is not that sensitive and not that motivated so kicking and whipping and applying more force will just cause them to tune out and ignore you completely, you can never get the trust or respect of this horse with that style of training. Once you have your Purple Horse understanding their job they are exceptionally reliable, unflappable mounts and make great beginner horses and ponies.
The Yellow horse is one of the most challenging horses to own, train and read. They internalise their feelings and emotions until they all boil over and then everyone knows about it. They care a great deal about their relationship with you. Trust, comfort and safety are what motivate this horse. They are very sensitive but can also be bossy and aloof. If your timing is out then they can go from being super quiet to explosive in milliseconds, causing you to feel very insecure. Once you have the trust and a solid relationship with this horse they are truly amazing, very reliable, calm and super responsive.
Key Personality Indicators
Desirable Traits: Agreeable, Soft, Easy, Sensitive, Disciplined, Submissive, Bonding, Quiet, Responsive, Reliable, Kind, Tries Hard, Solid, Gentle.
Undesirable Traits: Insecure, Fearful, Unstable, Hard to Catch, Disconnected, Aloof, Evasive, Shutdown, Doesn’t like to Move, Reserved, Defensive, Explosive, Robotic, Solitary, Unreliable, Hide at the back of the Herd, Don’t catch me.
Training Strategies: The Yellow Horse can be difficult to read as they don’t externalize their emotions. They need someone who is ultra patient, puts the relationship first and understands that this horse needs time to make decisions and should not be forced into things. Ask and wait. The Yellow Horse is very sensitive and cares a great deal about how much you care. They are driven by comfort and security and need to trust their riders and handlers. To train these horses you reward them with comfort. Eg. Get the change and let them stand around, they need time to process and reflect on information. They can become very evasive, aloof and bossy with the underlying manipulation of an explosion if you push too hard. So take your time, be patient, but be firm and have a strong image of the outcome you want to achieve. Once they trust you this horse will do anything for you.
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The Equine industry is a huge and varied work environment for persons with all types of skills to give yourself a good start to obtain the area of employment within the industry .The horse industry is a very rewarding job with a clean healthy life style. The opportunities are endless.
Equine Staff suggests that you take extra steps to ensure that your application gives you the best opportunity to obtain the horse job that suits your skills better. As this industry is becoming more and more regulated, applicants with the best on hand skills or accredited courses which prove your competent in the position that you are applying for within the Equine /Horse industry. Also if you wish to make a career whilst working in the industry, Australia now offers multi able options for a horse person to advance their skills to gain better positions within the industry.
1,Please make sure all your contact information is up to date email, contact address & phone numbers many a person has missed an application due the wrong information or not current .
2. Your Resume on applying for an horse employment position must be relevant to the position you are applying for
3. List of all courses, accreditations ,certificates & experiences with references with correct up to date contacts ( please make sure that all persons listed on your resume are able to be contacted or provide written references.)
4 Please provide approval from yourself to run current police check
5 Personal references for the equine industry must have or be relevant to the industry
6 your personal goals are also excellent to include with your requirements for extra study/courses to advance your self
Below we have a listing of creditable courses/accreditations to help you obtain a horse position within the industry.
Best wishes from Equine Staff on your future applications.
- Australian College of Animal Tactile Therapy– <a href=”http://www.acatt.net” target=”_blank”>http://www.acatt.net</a> 0397521688
- Australian Equine Institute
- EA Education courses
- Animal Studies & Horse Industry
- STUDY EQUINE MANAGEMENT ONLINE
- Equine Studies
- Become a skilful horse person or inspiring instructor.
For help to put together a great resume or for a list of current Horse Jobs within Australia contact equinestaff via www.equinestaff.com.au