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
- Customer service
- Attention to detail
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.