What dog training data should I gather?
December 15, 2010 12:43 PM Subscribe
What kind of data do I need to be keeping track of as I go, so its easily available when I need to send out resumes? (dog training)
posted by saragoodman3 to work & money (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
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(sorry for the long back story)
After some rough times, I decided to follow my heart and do what I've always wanted to do: be a dog trainer.
I found a professional school, visited it, and feel great about it.
I found a job at a large chain store, and am now teaching group and private classes every day, saving up money to go back to school and getting experience. I would like to stay at my current store for two years.
My plan is to save up money, go back to school (6 or 12 or 18 month course) and then find a real job. The school will help me find a job; many organizations go to them when they need to hire someone.
I am happy, really happy, for the first time in a long time. I am getting great feedback from my students. I am actually good at this.
Finally, my question: if you were looking to add an additional dog trainer to your facility, what kind of data would you want to see on a resume?
an aside: part of my 'resume' will be a dog or two that I have trained myself. I would assume that anyone who was interested in hiring me (or taking a class from me) would want to see what I can do with a dog. I will get that dog/dogs at school.
I am also gathering data to prove my eligibility for two certifications, the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (Knowledge Assessed).
The data I am gathering so far:
# of dogs I've taught
# of hours teaching group classes
# of hours teaching private classes
# of months experience teaching classes
I am going to start keeping track of sales goals. Every week, the corporate office tells us how many classes I should sell that week, based on projections and past sales. I usually make plan.
I am also going to start keeping track of how many dogs come back for the next series of classes (repeat customers). Right now, its virtually nil. I am lots of fun and people enjoy my classes, and I know I can get people to come back for more.
When I am not teaching classes, I walk around the retail floor, answering questions about supplements, dog food, leashes and collars, stopping unwanted behaviors... I eat, sleep, breathe, read about, dream about dogs. Its awesome.
So, for the record, I am not keeping anyones personal info, no addresses, phone numbers, and certainly not any financial info. I am keeping ONLY raw data for my personal use. I am not taking home any copies of any paperwork. I am not breaking any company rules.
The method of data keeping is: when I get home, I write down '1 hr private, 3 hrs group classes, 18 dogs.' I am not removing anything from store property.
SO: what would YOU want to know about me? What would you want to see on a piece of paper; what would make you want to call me, so I can show up with my dogs and wow you with our friendliness, happiness, and knowledge?
Thank you so much for your feedback.