A Grooms Points to Consider

Posted on Wednesday, 9th May, 2018 by Liz Newell

Do you want to become a groom?
Are you looking for a job?
But don’t know where to start?

It can be tricky to work out what you are looking for from a yard and your future employer. It’s important to think about what you want to achieve, where you want to be, ensuring you are happy within the job right from the beginning and getting the job satisfaction only achieved from the perfect role!

Here are some points to consider:

It is a good idea to make a list of the things that are important to you.

  • Do you wish to move abroad or be closer to home?
  • What area of equestrianism do your passions lie in?
  • Do you want to ride?
  • Will you travel with the role?
  • Is on the job training important to you?
  • Would you prefer a busy yard within a large team or a quieter, smaller yard?
  • Once you have an idea in your head of what you are looking for you can begin your job search.

Do you want to be a competition groom?

This can be one of the most exciting and well-paid of the grooming roles, but it may not be for everyone. Attention to detail is key with stamina and the ability to multi task essential. Having a sense of humour is also very useful. Early starts and late finishes are “the norm” and you may be away for many weeks at a time. If you prefer regular hours and your own bed – then this job may not be for you!

Are you as a good a groom as you think?

Challenge yourself and improve your skills – if you can’t clip, learn to! Plan what and how you will develop. Ask your potential employer if they provide any on the job training such as help obtaining a HGV licence.

Be open to ideas and think outside the box as you might be happily surprised.

The Application:

Your email will make the first impression!

It is important to have a professional email address.

Many prospective employers will want you to email your CV outlining your experience and suitability for the position. Keep this concise and professional. Where possible link your covering letter to specific elements relating to the role. Ensure that the signature on your email includes your contact details. If the position includes a riding element, then it may be beneficial to include photos or videos.

Spell check the entire email – CV, covering letter and any other supporting documents.

Good luck!