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Location! Location! Job Location!

Location! Location! Job Location!

Truly, the matter of job location can be a difficult subject to broach as a recruitment consultant. A huge part of me screams to write an extremely persuasive article urging you to broaden your horizons and keep an open mind to jobs anywhere in the UK, or even abroad. The opportunities this opens up to you are tenfold to those restricted by job location.

Whenever a new Super Groom signs up looking for work on a professional training and competition yard I get excited, mentally listing all the jobs I could contact them about, only to groan aloud when I see ‘Location: Cornwall’. I mean seriously guys, I’m from Devon I know how beautiful it is down there but really, how many 4* Eventers or Grand Prix Dressage riders do you know based in Cornwall? It’s a million miles from anywhere and will cost them more than your wage a week just in fuel to go anywhere!

So, how important is it that your next job is in the ‘right’ location? Is it worth being flexible for that DREAM job? We take a look at when you should be flexible and when you should hold out for your ideal.

 

When to select “Anywhere” in the job location box!

  • Without any location limitations, you are free to choose a job based on whether it really fits your ideal in terms of work content instead. Which, as this is where you will be spending the majority of your time, is surely a fairly important factor!
  • You will have so many more options to choose from and are far more likely to find that ultimate DREAM JOB!
  • We are slowly seeing an increase in jobs advertised as 5/5.5 days per week. This makes travelling home for your days off an easily feasible option if you are within 1-2 hours away. It’s also worth bearing in mind that, if you have a strong CV some employers are open to negotiation on days per week. It can be well worth giving a call to check!
  • Moving to a new area provides the chance for a fresh start. Not just a new team to work with, but new venues to visit and new people to meet from the wider equine community this exposes you to. There will be a new area to go hacking and new places to explore on your days off.
  • If you are super open minded, working as a groom provides fantastic opportunities to work anywhere in the world. This can be a fantastic opportunity to not just gain a greater knowledge in the equestrian field through the alternative stable management techniques you will come across but also a chance to grow as a person. Travel really opens your eyes to what the world has to offer, you learn about other cultures, meet so many fantastic people and will, I can guarantee, return a more independent, well-rounded person.

 

When to limit your job location choices!

Essentially when NOT to compromise on your desired location is when you KNOW for sure, for whatever reason that this will not work and you will end up leaving in 2 minutes messing your new employer around and damaging your CV in the process. One of the top things recruiters and employers look for in a groom is job longevity. Here are a few of the situations when sticking to your guns is well worthwhile.

  • If you are young, a little insecure and looking for your first full-time job. Whether it’s live-in or live-out if you don’t yet feel ready to move away from that support network of family and friends, listen to your gut and don’t!
  • A close family member is ill and relies on you or if you feel it is your duty to be there to support them in the likely event of an emergency. Some could argue against putting your life on hold for others but if it is someone important to you or moving away would simply cause you to worry, then it is not the right for you.
  • You have children settled in a school locally. If you have older children preparing to take exams or younger children and an established network of childcare in that area the hassle and upheaval of moving can be simply not worth the gains the new job might bring.
  • It will cause relationship strife. Be honest with yourself and your partner over whether a long distance relationship is something you can make work. If your partner plans to relocate with you be sure it is something they really want to do, and it’s to an area they can realistically find work they will enjoy. If a move you instigated becomes an issue in your relationship it can be easy to displace this angst into resentment of the job that caused it.
  • If you have the time, patience and really LOVE the area you are aiming for then, by all means, wait it out. Particularly older grooms with a lifetime of moving around who have been there, seen it, done it and got 10 T-Shirts to prove it. These grooms will be strong contenders for any job that does come up and have the wisdom to know what they want and what will work long term for them.

 

Top considerations when choosing a new location of your job search

Sometimes the lure of landing your dream job can be so great it overshadows important considerations.

  • How realistic is it that you will find the job you’re looking for close to home? If you can’t, or you’re unwilling to compromise on the location you may need to compromise on your ideal job.
  • Do you have your own transport? If not, how soon can you get your own transport? By the nature of the environment, many equine jobs are fairly remote so you need to consider basic necessities outside of your working day – how will you get to the local shops? You don’t want to be reliant on colleagues giving you lifts each time you need a pint of milk! Being able to get about by yourself, even if simply by moped, can be a make or break factor when considering a job in a new location.
  • Choosing a location to look for a new job - travelling back to family and friendsIf you choose a job A LONG way from your family and friends, it may be that trips back home will require holiday leave. How realistic is that you could go months without spending time with your loved ones?
  • How realistic is it that you can make a 3+ hour journey to visit family and friends once a month or so? How expensive will that be? How exhausting will that travelling be, even if only once a month?

You really need to think carefully about the reality of moving to an entirely new location and try to pre-empt any possible deal-breakers before you accept a job offer and start the job. Opening your job search to “Anywhere” will certainly open up more career options, but this is counterproductive if you end up leaving jobs after a few months to return to familiar territory and damage your employability by appearing to be a “job hopper”!

 

Handy ways our website can help

  • Choosing a location to look for a new job - career optionsFirst things first ensure your profile is set up to clearly state whether you are looking for work ‘Anywhere’ with no preference (in which case you should only select “Anywhere”) or in a specific county or counties (in which case DO NOT select “Anywhere” at all)
  • Another option is to select “Anywhere” and a specific county which would indicate you would prefer that county but would consider other options.
  • It is a good idea to select neighbouring counties as well. Depending on your location, jobs in neighbouring counties can sometimes be closer to you than a job on the other side of your home county.
  • Once you have your profile completely set up, ensure you have your settings changed to ‘visible’ so you appear to all employers in relevant search results on The Grooms List.
  • Finally, if you haven’t already, do set up ‘Job Alerts’ so you receive emails alerting you when suitable jobs are added to The Grooms List. You can set up multiple job alerts for various criteria. This means you will be the first to know and can be first at the door with your application – don’t miss out! Add your Job Alerts here.

 

It can also be well worthwhile doing a little research into which areas of the country are most popular for your chosen discipline/sector. For example, if hunting is your thing look at the popular “hunt countries”. Counties with a bigger, wealthier hunt following will have more hunting job opportunities than other areas. From there you can decide how likely you are to find work in the area you had in mind and if not research the other areas to see which you could see yourself settling in.

 

 

 

Ultimately only you can make the decision on how important job location is but I will leave you with a final poignant thought…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Job Description Surrey Livery Yard & Equestrian Centre near Guildford is looking for an experienced temporary Yard Manager (or 2 part-time managers) or very experienced Head Groom or Instructor/Coach whilst they look for a permanent Manager or 2 Part-Time Managers (applicants for this position may wish to apply for the permanent role/roles advertised separately) You will need to be a Manager or a Head Groom or a Riding Instructor. You will be professional,  organised, cheerful, firm but fair, and will be commercial while placing the teaching or training of staff and liveries and animal welfare at the heart of your role. In addition to being very accomplished at all things “stable management,” you will likely hold a teaching or coaching qualification (BHSAI, BHSII or experienced Level 3 or 4 or equivalent qualifications/experience). Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested. Local applicants ideal but assistance to relocate for the right applicant. Immediate start for right applicant/s.    
*Own dog welcomed * Riding opportunities *Purpose-built facilities * Stunning location! *2/3 bedroomed cottage available *Families welcomed Salary VERY negotiable for the right level of person. A keen horseman and rider our client has a permit to train his own horses but also enjoys Intermediate Event riding/Hunting/P2P alongside running a highly successful and well-established non-horsey business. Having placed the outgoing Manager some years ago now, our client is looking for someone equally amiable and accomplished (in horse and stable management),  to manage both for home and when away With the help of assistants of course! In addition, you should be someone who can combine these skills with being a  very decent rider (flat/jumper) for 7/8 top-quality horses. This is a position that comes with a lot of responsibility as the employer is very busy with a very fluid itinerary, so someone flexible and adaptable is key to allow for this. The salary on offer will reflect this level of commitment and responsibility plus skills and expertise of course. 🙂 Top location and the best of facilities ie: gallops/x country course/SJ arena/great hacking   Do call Caroline & Team for more information on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*IRO £29k GBP +/- per month depending on experience *Cost of 1 or 2 flights (neg) covered per contract period * Accommodation, all bills paid, & allowance for transport and visa applications plus health insurance allowance. *Access to camp pools, gyms etc. A private stable, 15 mins from the coast and 15 mins to main shopping malls/city centre is looking to fill a vital Instructor’s role. The centre has a capacity for 60 horses is looking for a head Instructor on a 10 month, renewable contract. Due to extreme heat, the centre is closed in July/August although accommodation is still available as part of the package. The club is situated within a large ex-pat, International community and offers livery, lessons, pony club activities, and holiday courses to the community. Teaching private and Group lessons is also required – the clientele is beginners to intermediate level members of the public. The focus of the role is on the development of young Arabian horses and off-the-track thoroughbreds. Fabulous facilities and opportunities are available to develop the Club but all activities are within the confines of the club and general area. Required Key Skills • Riding • Driving license • First-Aid • Equine First-Aid • Schooling • Teaching • Exercising • Natural Horsemanship • People Skills Required Areas Of Expertise •  Working with children Applicants must be BHS 3 or international equivalent. English is the main spoken language You must be willing and able to work & adapt to living in an international & strong family community while respecting local culture. Package includes accommodation, all bills paid, allowance for transport and visa application, flight out and one return flight per year, health insurance. Year-round accommodation if renewing contract. Depending on candidate and qualification IRO .14000 SAR = £2783.3 GBP per month./allowance 4000 SAR which could cover 1 or 2 flights. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Social environment *1:4 staff to horses ratio *Dog welcomed Lovely international dressage yard with 12-13 top quality horses, ranging from just backed youngsters to international grand Prix horses is now looking to fill a long-term, permanent position for someone who would like to work in a fun, friendly Dressage environment with high-quality performance horses. Candidates need to be happy to work within a team of very experienced owners (& a Yard Manager/Rider). They have tried and trusted ways of working so this is a job for someone willing to learn these ways rather than to ‘reinvent the wheel’ 😉 Riders currently are international small tour and International Grand Prix and they compete home and abroad. Some outings to competitions will also be a feature of the role on occasions. Exercise riding is optional, but you would need to be a confident and balanced rider. They will receive hints and tips on their riding to be the best they can be but no competition riding or schooling is required. This would be a smaller part of the role, it is a keen and cheerful grounds person that they really need. Please contact Caroline & The Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
*Salary range £20-25K  * Live in or out -Accommodation options are available for single/couple.*Dog considered *Horse considered for exceptional candidates Family yard with 6 show jumping ponies (1x 1.38/1.48) from lowest levels to competing in Europe BSJA  are now looking for a child-friendly experienced  Groom t accompany them on their exciting journeys both at home and away at shows (Uk and abroad.) Riding is optional but you must be a lightweight jockey if you want to ride. The children are 2 daughters (ages 12 and 14 years old). They will be going onto horses in a year or so. For exceptional candidates, a horse is welcome if you have cover for it when the family travels away for show, so too would be a dog but the same would apply plus they have a terrier so you must have a non-combative dog or there could be fireworks! Sometimes the traveling will be 10-14 days away so ideally you would be used to that and embrace it happily when it occurs, you will know in good time to organise yourself. Indoor school in construction, outdoor school, 50 acres. Good facilities fit for purpose. Other staff are also employed to help/cover days off/away days.   Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Stud Hand An opportunity has arisen to join the team at a successful, medium sized stud farm based near Banbury, Oxfordshire. This is varied position and would suit somebody who is keen to learn a variety of aspects of stud work. We are involved in all areas of the bloodstock industry from foaling, bloodstock sales and preparation, pre training and reschooling. It is a busy yard with lots of variety and a friendly team of people. Experience within the racing/bloodstock industry is not necessary. Accommodation is provided and salary depends on experience.
*Euros 22-25K neg + accommodation (Package is flexible depending on the experience)  *5 day week *Own horse welcomed Only 80 minutes from Dublin airport and 60 minutes from Belfast airport. Nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside is 1,000 acres of a spectacular, private estate Full-time Equestrian Centre needs more BHS qualified people to join their progressive and forward-thinking team. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to progress in their career in the Equine Industry  and who holds a BHS 3 or 2 and is willing to be supported through exams to stage 3. You will be capable of and willing to muck in and out and of course to teach and coach clients of all ages, from all walks of life. Smart, courteous people is a non-negotiable 😉 Duties include but are not limited to: Teaching and coaching -Maintain high standards of teaching in the yard (escort rides with support from relevant staff, in a safe and professional manner.) Take part in pony camps, private lessons, therapeutic riding and equine-assisted programmes. Assist the Yard Manager with livery needs and help ensure the smooth running of the livery yard. Maintaining high standards of turnout of all horses Ensuring that tack is clean and maintained fit for purpose. Ensure the animal welfare is never compromised. Facilities include:300 new cross-country jumps from knee-high to knee tremblers built by Willis Bros. of Badminton Horse Trials fame* 21 miles of meandering bridleways * Mile-long all-weather gallop * 56 stables * Virtual horse for beginners * 50×30 meter indoor arena with indoor cross-country fences * Tiered seating for 200 plus private dining/viewing room Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
Job Description All yard duties looking after competition horses, liveries, stallions, youngstock, broodmares & foals as part of a great team of professionals who will guide and help you learn on the job.  We have been training students for the equine industry for over 60 years and try to pass on a broad wealth of knowledge to you all. Minimum Requirements Level 2 Apprentices looking to further their experience and knowledge or PC B Test level or BHS Stage 2/3, but you will be assessed at interview if you don’t have the above, but do have other experience and qualities. Accommodation details Single Accommodation in Shared 4 bedroom chalet with other apprentices / staff.  2 showers & loos, shared kitchen and living room.  Washing machine, tumble dryer, TV, heating, parking, deducted at the Offset Accommodation Allowance rate currently £8.70pd £60.90 per week Benefits Paid for working with quality competition horses, a wealth of knowledge and experience to be passed on to you from qualified staff in all aspects of horsemanship.  Friendly yard, clients and other staff.    
* 8 am – 4.30 pm daily  *5 days a week * Salary IRO £28-£32K neg according to experience and qualifications *Fabulous career opportunity Thriving UK charity promoting the aims of the Riding for the Disabled by providing people with the opportunity to ride and have equine interaction to benefit their health and well-being is now looking for a Centre Manager with a recognised teaching qualification and relevant practical experience, to take overall responsibility. The Centre has helped many disabled children and adults over the years and some have gone on to become National and Olympic Champions in the sport of Para-Dressage, (including Sophie Christensen, Natasha Baker, and Julie Payne). Their volunteers and instructors help children and adults with a range of disabilities get a sense of independence as well as exercise and rehabilitation. The yard has 11/12  staff and numerous keen volunteers. The coaches, in partnership with physiotherapists and volunteers, work with riders who have a variety of disabilities. These include learning difficulties, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, paraplegia, rheumatoid arthritis, Down’s syndrome, epilepsy, deafness, visual impairment, and limb amputation. For some, who cannot ride just being around horses has a well-being benefit. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees you will have good interpersonal skills, previous management experience (people & yard including administrative abilities.)  You will be someone who leads by example whilst working harmoniously with and for others. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees, you will be able to demonstrate maturity and diplomacy as well as embrace full accountability for the day to day running of the center. Ideally you will be passionate about working in this type of environment and understand both the human and equine challenges faced as well as the fun on offer! This purpose-built centre means riding and horse-based activities can be offered throughout the year. Riders can join groups or have private tuition. Facilities include a 20 x 40 indoor arena and 20 x 60 outdoor arena.  Also a classroom for lessons on horse management. Your remit will include,  but is not limited to the following: General Responsibilities, Estate and horse management Responsibilities, Administrative Responsibilities: General Responsibilities: To carry out the duties of the position in accordance with the Group’s Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety policies, disciplinary legislation and statutory regulations To ensure compliance with all Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection standing orders, confidentiality agreements, financial regulations, management policies and procedures. To be an ambassador for the Group, and represent the interests of the Group, at external events. To represent the interests of the Group in all of its dealings with riders, potential riders, volunteers, Group supporters, Group visitors and suppliers. To actively support fundraising and revenue generation in collaboration with the Hon Treasurer or other Trustees To carry out any other duties within the level of responsibility as may be determined from time to time by the Board of Trustees. To facilitate full and free communication at all levels and among all members of the centre. Safe, secure, effective and
*Amazing accommodation and facilities * Chance to enjoy top-end show jumping & work: life balance *Salary totally negotiable for suitable candidates (£20-£26Kpa neg plus accomm). A position is now available for an enthusiastic, competent, and reasonably experienced Team Groom (not apprentice/trainee position) to join a professional Show Jumping yard and to look after an amazing string of horses with a team of people many of whom we have placed and give us great feedback!  Attention to detail and high standards are important – You must be competent in all aspects of grooming and yard work. Usual duties include but are not limited to: preparing horses for exercise, keeping the horses to a high standard, cleaning tack, mucking out/skipping out, feeding, and turning horses out to the paddock, Some riding is available, (but not a massive amount) and only if you wish. Nonriding Grooms welcomed too . Lunging would be a part of your daily routine, etc. Outstanding facilities include the smartest, most luxurious accommodation (single or couples, luxury indoor stabling, a large indoor and outdoor school, indoor warm water wash-down areas, and solariums. 200 acres of land – much of which is available for hacking/exercising the horses. Pls call Caroline & The Grooms List team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description To supervisor and monitor the Riding Academy Operations, Leading the development and training of junior instructors, horses, and students. Minimum Requirements A bachelors degree in equine studies or equivalent equestrian qualifications. A miniumum of 5 years of experience as a head coach, or equivalent. Strong leadership skills, supervisory skills, and interpersonal skills. Ability to develop comprehensive reports.   Accommodation details No live in provided.   Benefits Transportation and housing allowance is provided in the package.  
Job Description To manage an Equestrian Riding school operations. Including development and implementation of the Riding School’s curriculum in line with the Equine Institution. To lead the development and training of junior instructors, horses, and students. Minimum Requirements Bachelor degree in Equine studies or equivalent equestrian qualifications. Must have comprehensive equine knowledge. Must hold an equivalent coaching qualification to the BHS Accredited Coach. A minimum of 6 years of experience in the required field. Strong leadership skills, team management, and interpersonal skills.     Accommodation details No living-in provided   Benefits Transport and accommodation allowance will be included in the overall package.    
Job Description To deliver stable management classes based on equine science knowledge to riders enrolled in the riding academy program. To support with the exercise program of horses. Minimum Requirements Bachelors degree in Equine Science or international equestrian certifications. A minimum of 3 years of full-time in an equestrian yard of relevant work experience. Broad knowledge and skills in equine science and management Ability to articulate information and deliver teaching effectively. Proficient in English speaking Ability to work and teach to a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic groups.   Accommodation details Live out.   Benefits Transport, and accommodation allowance provided.  

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