Equine Careers: How Grooms can increase their salary
Several times, every day I am involved in discussions with grooms and employers about salaries. One of the most commonly asked question by grooms in what is considered a poorly paid profession is, “what can I do to get the top end of the salary ranges advertised in your jobs?”.
There are some basics you can achieve fairly easily:
- Ensure you have the best possible level of skills…learn from professionals and be able to showcase what you can do at the job interview/trial
- Have good people skills and be a team player who can mix
- Make smart career moves and choose jobs which help you get to where you want to be in your career
- Stay in those jobs 18 months minimum
- Have a professional but succinct CV
- Have us negotiate your salary with employers when finding your next job on THE GROOMS LIST
- Gain some extra qualifications
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This is by no means all you can do to enhance your equine career. Any investment in your career will undoubtedly pay back dividends, but you don’t want to make moves and spend money on qualifications and licences willy-nilly. Through a series of articles over the next few months, we will tell you how you could get some serious extra money in your pay packet each month.
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