I've been a long time lurker on here and I've enjoyed learning from everyone's knowledge. But when I was searching through old posts, I couldn't find anything conclusive on how to set up a riding resume. I've been applying to barns as a working student, and a few places have requested one. If someone could help explain to me what I should include on it, that would be wonderful!
You should start out your resume with your basic info -
1234 Main Street
Town, State Zip
Date of Birth:
Social Security Number:
Don't write a novel, do at most two pages. Sections could include:
Formal Education: Student at XYZ High School or College, or graduate of same
Previous Instructors: Names and dates, working backward in time
Work Experience: Use specifics. Example: In charge of all barn duties on weekends (and while Trainer X was showing), including feeding, turnout, cleaning stalls, dragging ring. Go backwards in time.
Showing Experience: major wins and accomplishments
Training Experience: if nothing was your sole responsibility, but you helped, and you have observed a lot, put it that way; i.e., "Assisted Trainer ABC in preparing...."
Additional Skills: Can you drive a tractor? Truck and Trailer? Set up a gymnastic line? Build jumps? Layout a dressage arena for a schooling show? Use a computer?
References By Permission (Horse Related):
References By Permission (Non-Horse):
Hope this helps.
And have a couple of people read it over for you, maybe a vet for one. Do you know a business person who would look at your resume.
ACT gives a good outline. It's a good idea NOT to include your SSN and/or birthday until you have accepted a position. ID theft and ageism are real, and it's best to get in the habit of protecting any non-public data.
Best of luck in the job search!