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How to Write a Resume for Hunting or Fishing Guide Jobs

If you are seeking a job as a hunting guide or a job as a fishing guide you may be wondering how to write resumes for this type of career.  These jobs have uniqueness to them compared to other industries but there are some commonalities as well.

When applying for guide jobs think about what the hiring managers will be looking for in their guides.  They will be looking for guide job skills like customer service, sales, survival and first aid.

So when applying for fishing guide jobs or hunting guide jobs what are some of the commonalities with other jobs to include on your resume?  Well here are some of the skills that are transferable into guiding:

  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Sales/marketing
  • Customer service
  • Attention to detail
  • Education

What is different about fishing and hunting guide job resumes?  Here are some of the skills that are different from many other professions:

  • Highlight your outdoor experience
  • Hunting guide school/fishing guide school credentials
  • CPR certification/First aid certification

Highlight your outdoor experience.  You may be wondering what else you can do to stand out from the crowd when applying for these jobs and highlighting your outdoor experience is certainly one of them.  Getting customer testimonials to include as supplements explaining your outdoor experience is one way to put a good impression on hiring managers for hunting guide jobs or fishing guide jobs.  If you have never had a formal guide job you can ask some friends or family members to write letters of recommendation if you have taken them hunting or fishing.  Have them outline exactly what you did to show them the outdoors and what you did to help them have a good time and have a successful trip.

Hunting guide school/fishing guide school credentials.  As we have illustrated in other posts the requirements for guide school, certifications, training etc… varies greatly by state.  However, if you did attend any type of hunting guide school, fishing guide school or guide training ensure you list where it is from and the dates you attended.

CPR/First aid certification.  As a guide you will be responsible for the health and safety of your clients.  Whatever formal training you have had with health and safety is important to list.  Employers will want to know that you could handle clients in the case of a medical emergency.

With any resume you want to ensure that the document has been proof read.  Read through the resume several times yourself for grammar, spelling and readability.  One trick that we use is to read the resume backwards.  This means that you should read your resume from the right to left from the bottom.  This will force you to look at each word individually for its accuracy.  Also connect at least one or two friends or family members to have them review for the same items.  The more eyes on your document the better chances you will have of catching any errors.

Letters of recommendation for any guide experience you have is great but chances are if you are just getting into the industry this might not be possible.  If it is not it would still be a good idea to get letters of recommendation from past employers or even high school or college instructors.  Since customer service and interpersonal skills are highly important for this profession you can coach those who are writing your letters of recommendation to focus on those qualities of yours

We encourage you to use these recommendations as you apply for your next guide job.  Remember that putting time into your resume is very important and including powerful letters of recommendation can be one additional way to help you stand out from the crowd.

Online Reputation When Seeking Jobs as Fishing or Hunting Guides

One item that is often overlooked when people are searching for jobs as hunting guides or jobs as fishing guides is managing their online reputation.  You may be wondering what managing your online reputation means.

Well, online reputation means how you are viewed to employers online when they look for you.  The fact is that in todays world most employers will lookup their candidates online before hiring them or even interviewing them.  So if you are looking for a career as a hunting guide or a career as a fishing guide you need to know that this is happening and finding ways to manage your online reputation.

Top 3 Tips to Managing Your Online Reputation when seeking guide jobs:

  1. “Google” your name
  2. Check your social media settings
  3. Be proactive

First, “Google” your name and see what comes up online.  This is a very simple tip to see what employers will most likely see as the first things when they search for you.  You may be surprised on how much is out there about you online but there will most likely be something public about you.  Although there is typically not much you can do about what is already online about you at least you will be aware of what others will see about you.

Next check your social media settings.  Most social media services such as Facebook have some level of privacy settings that you can adjust while you are looking for hunting guide jobs and fishing guide jobs.  If you make your profiles private this should limit the amount of information that potential employers can see about you.

Finally, the most effective strategy for managing your online reputation before you seek a career as a guide is being proactive about your online reputation.  This means that you should always be aware of what you are posting about yourself as it once something is online you should consider that it is going to be public forever.  So the next time you are about to post a comment or put a picture online we encourage you to give it the “Grandma Test”.  This means is this something that you would be ok for your grandma to see.  If it is then go ahead and post it, if not please don’t.

To wrap up if you want to become a guide you need to be aware of and manage your online reputation.  Ensure you see what is out there about you online, make your social media settings “private” and manage your online reputation in advance.  Using these techniques should be useful as you seek a job as a hunting or fishing guide.