by Jamie Migdal
I’ve hired many, many people in the last 20 years – dog walkers, pet sitters, dog trainers, shelter workers, admin staff, tech developers – and I like to think that I’ve pretty much heard it all during job interviews. Occasionally I’ll still have those magical moments when I realize that I have not, in fact, heard it all. (I love those moments.)
I’ve spent a lot of time over the last 18 months at FetchFind listening to what pet industry employers have to say about searching for staff, and so in the spirit of traditional New Year’s listicles, I’ve put together my top ten favorite things that are guaranteed to raise eyebrows during a job interview. And, yes, these things have actually been said!
Happy 2016, everybody – let’s make this the best year the pet industry has ever seen!
About Jamie Migdal
Jamie Migdal has been working with dogs and their people and innovating within the industry for over 20 years. Having successfully built three pet-centric companies – Out-U-Go, AnimalSense Canine Training & Behavior, and CanineLink (now FetchFind Academy) – she’s an expert across all aspects of the pet services industry, including training, education, technology, business development, client services, marketing, and management. Her fourth and current company, FetchFind, is the first and only job board/career networking site dedicated exclusively to the pet industry. Jamie also serves on the Board of Directors of 100+ Who Care Chicago and hosts Pets Mean Business, a weekly podcast on Pet Life Radio.
Jamie lives in Chicago with her husband Drew, their 4 year old daughter and future dog trainer Sadie, Rami the cat, and two rescued collies who probably aren’t smart enough to get Timmy from the well. (But they would give it a good try, because they’re sweet.) In her spare time, Jamie enjoys working with essential oils, listening to podcasts, reading about life hacks and self improvement and often thinks about doing yoga and playing her guitar.