I currently work for one of the big corporate stores where I recieved a month of grooming academy after which I had to groom 100 dogs under salon manager supervision before I could start making commission. Before this I had worked 6 months as a bather at one coporate store then went to the competition big store where I was a bather for 6 months before my grooming academy. I've been out of academy since the end of October, so about 6 months. So a year of bather experience, technically 7 months of grooming (by the end of this month), plus the grooming of friends and family members dogs I did for a couple years before all this (I know most don't count this though), and if it helps I went to college for vet assistant for 2 years and have interned at vet clinics (more so i think this counts for animal handling skills). I've also had dogs my entire life as well as other animals. Anyway, with all of this what would it take for any of you with your own salons to hire me as a groomer? I'm really looking to get into a private owned salon, especially because I'm expecting my 2nd child in the next few weeks I want to see what I can find while on maternity leave. I don't know if it looks worse but I'm technically under contract with them for 2 years since I went through academy, but I don't know if I can handle working for them that long, if I have to I'll pay back for the academy, but I need to find a grooming position with more regular hours (like 8-5 or something).
I do have some pics of my grooms, but I need to know how you decide to hire someone if you are adding a groomer to your salon. Do you require a certain number of pics and specifically need before and after pics? Do you have a dog come in to show their grooming abilities on? Or do you need grooming references? I'm trying to see what I need to be putting together if I find some groomer jobs to apply for over maternity leave. I don't know if I'm being rediculous expecting a place to hire me as a groomer with only 7 months of grooming in a salon. Would it help to have references from other groomers who I've worked with and who've seen me groom?
I know a lot of people don't think the big chain stores do very good training but I have to say the groomer who trained me and my fellow groomers in academy is a very good groomer. I know that can be a matter of opinion be she has many years of experience grooming as well as probably hundreds of request grooming clients.
Do you all think I can get a position with a small salon? I know alls I can do is try, I just want to see if it is resonable to think I can get one or not and what they might ask of me to prove I'm a good groomer. Thanks! I just want to have normal hours so I can raise my kids with a schedule, not missing all the important things in their lives and having time to spend with them and my boyfriend, right now my changing shifts with such variation in hours just doesn' allow it not to mention having to work a lot of holidays...