Five Tips to Help You Land a Job in the Pet Industry

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The American Pet Products Association estimates $58 billion will be spent in the United States on pets in 2014.  We not only spend money on our fascinating and endearing companions, we consider them part of our family.  With this upward trending focus on pets, it stands to reason there is also an upward rise in pet specific careers in the US and a parallel pursuit for the opportunity to work in the pet industry. Just like any other industry, an individual can prepare a thoughtful plan to penetrate the pet job market.

The below five tips will help land you a job related to pet products or services and help strengthen your chosen career path.

 

  1. Prepare a Pet Specific Resume

If you have not landed your first job in the pet industry, now is the time to edit your resume and make it pet friendly. Add any and all pet related jobs you have had, including pet sitting your neighbor’s kitty cat while they were on vacation. Be sure to include any rescues you have volunteered for, animal shelters and community pet related festivals. Put a personal bio at the bottom of your resume including any pets you have now, and the ones you grew up with. Pet related companies want to know you love animals! List any groups and organizations you are or have been active with in the past. You want your resume to reflect your dedication to animals and the experience you have with them.

 

  1. Identify and Contact the Top Five Companies of Your Choice

Make a list of the top companies you would love to work for. Use your list to do some research and ask around about their reputation. Identify the culture, pay, and management style. Check out on line employee reviews such as Glassdoor, for feedback on the companies from an employee’s perspective. Use your research to decide which five companies best match your personality and contact all of them.   Use friends, family and business associates to give you an introduction. Linked In is also a great resource to get names of key people in human resources and management. Please note, blindly contacting someone on Linked In is NOT the way to approach a company. Use it as a tool, not as your avenue to get your foot in the door unless you already are connected or know someone very well who is connected. No cold calling is the rule of thumb, using Linked In for a job. Once you identify job opportunities and key contacts, send a nice cover letter letting them know your skill set.   If you have a contact helping you network, be sure to utilize that person as your introduction. Have them introduce you if possible. Know what you are looking for in advance so you can help them help you.

 

  1. Identify and Contact Several Pet Specific Headhunters

Find recruiters who work at placing individuals in the pet industry like the Vet Recruiter. If you know people who work in the pet industry already, ask them if they can refer you to anyone. Linked In and Google are also good resources for your recruiter search. Speak with the recruiter before sending your resume so you can determine if she is a good match for you. Know what type of job you are looking for before speaking with the recruiter. Your new recruiter will need to know as much as possible to identify ideal opportunities for you!

 

  1. Petwork, Petwork, Petwork

Just like any other industry, the pet industry has some great ways to network. Get out there and meet folks who already work with animals, and especially those who have jobs you’d love to have! A great place to start is with your own Veterinarian. He may have ideas and knowledge about career fairs, key contacts and even job openings you can pursue. Do some general interviewing of your Vet by asking how he started in the pet industry and any tips he may have for you. Check out career fairs in your area ahead of time by looking at the list of companies that will be attending. Join groups on Linked In that are specific to pets and animals like Pet Professionals. Check out their job board and start to become active in discussions. Get your name out there and become friendly with other people who could very well be your key connection or future colleague!

  1. Sign up for Job Boards that Email You Opportunities

Signing up for a job board that emails you opportunities is probably one of the easiest ways to become familiar with what’s out there and who is hiring. You can read your list from the comfort of your own computer at your leisure too. Kritters that Twitter emails job openings in the pet industry a few times a month and also tweets them from @KritterKondo. To receive the emails with job openings, sign up here. Other job boards that will send pet specific openings to your email are Beyond.com and Monster.com.

These tips should get you started in the right direction. Keep your focus on your goals, but remember to keep a good peripheral view for any opportunities that start falling in your lap. The energy you will send out will also work itself!   Happy hunting.

 

 

 

Wellness Divine Duos for Cats

Divine Duos With Tuna Pâté & Diced Salmon

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Chewy’s contacted Finn and Abigail to try some Wellness products.  The kitties just tried the Divine Duos, specifically Wild Tuna and Salmon.  Oh my!  As you can imagine my fur babies went nutty.  I especially like them because they are grain free.

Divine Duos With Tuna Pâté & Diced Salmon

› 6 Tasty Varieties!

› Grain-Free

› Delicious Combinations of Poultry, Seafood & Meat

› Two Layers of Different Textures in One Cup!

› Convenient Plastic Cup with Easy-Peel Lid

Check out Chewy’s to grab a few for your favorite felines!

 

 

Big Heart Pet Brands is Seeking an Environmental Manager in Bloomsburg, PA

Job description

THE BROAD FUNCTION AND SCOPE OF THE POSITION:

Responsible for overall management of the Bloomsburg site’s environmental programs. Works closely with all employees and management to ensure all environmental guidelines, policies and procedures are followed.

THE PRINCIPAL CONTINUING RESPONSIBILITIES IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE:

•Manage all environmental reports required by laws, regulations, and corporate policy.
•Complete plant environmental self-assessment, report findings, and manage corrective action per Del Monte’s Environmental Management System.
•Oversee compliance to the Del Monte’s Environmental File Index System
•Insure site compliance with all local, state and federal reporting requirements.
•Maintain and administer the PPC (Preparedness & Prevention Control) and SPCC (Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasures Plan) including related inspections.

Meijer is Seeking an Associate Buyer for their Pets and Consumables

Job description

Meijer is a leading Supercenter located in five states throughout the Midwest, with over 200 stores and more than 60,000 employees. Our Midwest geography includes corporate offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and stores, distribution centers, and manufacturing facilities throughout Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. As a multi-billion dollar retailer, Meijer is ranked as the 15th largest privately held company in the country. We have become a respected leader in the competitive retail market by sticking to our core values of customers, competition, family, freshness, and safety & health.

Currently, Meijer is looking for an Associate Buyer in the Pets/Consumables team. The individual selected for this position will be responsible for owning the assortment, pricing strategy, planogram, marketing, and managing of the vendor relationships to deliver the financial plan.

Key responsibilities include:

Strategic Responsibilities

  • Driving the strategic direction of an area with the goal to make Meijer the most compelling place for our customers to shop by focusing on pricing, assortment, brands, marketing, and store presentation
  • Partnering with the Merchandise Planner to complete open-to-buy forecasts
  • Visiting stores (both Meijer and competition) regularly to proactively understand assortments, pricing and store presentation

Annual Category Planning

  • Working on the financial plan for their area of responsibility and presenting to Buyer and Planner
  • Being responsible for the overall direction and performance of a merchandising category
  • Determining category position profile and assigning a role to each category
  • Driving the category review and making the recommendations based on analysis

Space Planning

  • Working with team to develop and approves master and version planograms

Pricing

  • Determining pricing strategy for category/product that maintains Meijer’s pricing integrity, driving sales, and direct margin dollars
  • Reviewing pricing analytics with Pricing Coordinator to determine optimal pricing
  • Taking ownership to ensure that Meijer is competitively priced

Promotion Planning

  • Determining promotional (advertising or price) based on competition and seasonality
  • Collaborating with Planner on inventory needs to support promotional strategy
  • Evaluating marketing effectiveness (lift over norm in sales and DM$) and leading changes to drive increases over prior year

Markdowns

  • Working with Buyer and Planner on recommended markdown strategy that ties to plan
  • Negotiating with vendors for markdown support or returns.

Analytics

  • Being responsible for strong, action-oriented analysis of business in season, post season, and long-term planning of category
  • Using analysis to drive assortment, marketing, pricing and store placement decisions
  • Utilizing industry information to drive brand and item selection focusing on competing with both mass, big box and specialty retail
  • Driving the Grow, Maintain, Downtrend category designations to create bottoms-up plan to meet total area financial targets

Qualifications

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree or equivalent retail experience
  • 4+ years of experience in retail industry
  • Buying, inventory, or analysis experience preferred
  • Knowledge of the market, retail business and customers
  • Knowledge of business drivers (e.g. pricing, promotion, assortment)
  • Planning skills
  • Negotiations skills
  • Sense of product trends
  • Enthusiasm, initiative and passion for retail
  • Office computer skills; able to learn company systems and tools, preference for Microsoft application experience

Volunteer Graphic Designer Needed for Green Pets America

Job description

Are you a passionate graphic designer who wants to make an impact in the nonprofit sector? We need someone like you to redesign our logo and visual style guide. An expertly designed logo will help to communicate our nonprofit’s story and mission to the broader community. The style guide, including specific fonts, colors and graphic elements, will allow us to scale our new professional look and feel across all of our assets and communications, both online and off. This is an unpaid, volunteer project, and we expect this project will take 6 to 8 weeks to complete. Post made possible by LinkedIn for Good Volunteering. We want a special logo for our new online magazine, Green Pets America Happy Tails.

Desired Skills and Experience

Our ideal candidate is an enthusiastic, creative graphic designer, excited to share her or his expertise to help our nonprofit. You should have experience with relevant design software, such as Adobe Illustrator. You work well in teams, to gather input and feedback from various stakeholders. For this time-bound project, you can commit to providing deliverables, expected within 6-8 weeks of project kickoff. Bonus points if you have previously designed logos for organizations, either nonprofit or for profit. Prior nonprofit experience is not required, and remote applicants are happily accepted.

ABOUT

Green Pets America is a no-kill animal rescue and welfare non-profit that tells the inspiring stories of rescued pets in America.

In addition we create and donate Community Art. We are donating a Law Enforcement K 9 Memorial to the city of Woodstock Georgia in 2014.

In 2015 we are donating larger than life sculptures to the Cherokee County Animal Shelter in Canton Georgia.

Green Pets America is Guidestar Gold Star rated and recognized by the State of Georgia for service to Georgia’s families and pets.

Pet Bathers Needed at PetSmart in Roanoke, VA

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Retail Pet Bathers – Associates

Fetch your future! If you’re passionate about pets and want to build a challenging career with the leading pet retailer, why not combine your love for pets with a rewarding career at PetSmart? PetSmart is a dynamic Fortune 500 company that provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet supplies, as well as grooming, pet training and pet adoption services.  With more than 1,200 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and over 185 in-store PetsHotel dog and cat boarding facilities and Doggie Day Camps, PetSmart is the nation’s largest specialty retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. 

 We are currently seeking candidates that desire a challenging and rewarding career providing exceptional customer service, working as part of a team, and providing care to all pets and their parents. We provide an extensive training program and are seeking candidates who support our vision to provide Total Lifetime Care for every pet, every parent, every time.
Retail Pet Bather/Associate
Pet Bathers are responsible for properly and safely bathing and servicing pets in the grooming salon.  This role also provides customer service to our Pet Parents through booking appointments and greeting customers upon arrival.

APPLY HERE

Invisible Fence Seeks an Installation Technician in Columbus, OH – Must Love Dogs!

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About the Job

For the last 40 years, Invisible Fence® Brand has been keeping more than 2 million dogs and cats safe at home by providing pet owners with trusted technology, proven training procedures – and total peace of mind.​ We pioneered the concept of electronic pet containment.​  The results of our efforts are impressive.​ We have a 98%​ customer satisfaction rating and a 99.​5%​ success rating of keeping Dogs Safe at Home.​

 

Job Description

Work hard and have fun while installing, servicing and repairing the Invisible Fence® Brand system.​ The service technician job also requires training dogs & cats on the system and teaching our customers about the system.​ We provide a company vehicle and all of the tools – you supply the energy and enthusiasm that makes our employees #1 in the industry!

Requirements for service technician:

         Valid driver’s license with good record.​

         Customer service and/​or sales experience.​

         Great communication skills.​

         Enjoy working outdoors in all types of weather.​

         Enjoy working with dogs and people.​

         Must be able to work Saturdays.​ Closed Sundays.​

 

The Benefits:

         Hourly rateplus commissions!

         Company van plus paid gas

         Excellent Health insurance package

         401K Plan

         Generous Paid Holiday and Paid Time Off Schedules

         Lots more additional benefits and perks!

 

To learn more about our company, please click here: http://www.​invisiblefence.​com

 

DIY Tissue Box Catatized into a Litter Box Bag Holder

Catatize – to take an otherwise unrelated object or service and endow it to the feline friendly environment.

Whether you use liners for the box, or baggies for the poop, here is an easy and quick way to create a space for plastic bags.

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Simply use a tissue box (the kind that dispenses the tissues from the top) and put your plastic bags inside.

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Now all you have to do when you need one is grab a bag, just like you do a tissue!  I used sticky adhesive and to stick my box to the side of our litter box.  Meow!

Lisa’s Catatized Tip:  If your litter box is inside your wash room, adhere a magnet to the back of the tissue box.  Now your new baggy box can stick to the washer, dryer or any other magnetic surface!

 

NYC Pooch is Looking to for an Office Administrator in NYC

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NYC POOCH, a growing specialized dog walking, dog training, and dog running agency is seeking a dynamic and driven individual to serve as Office Administrator reporting directly to company founders. Office Administrator will be responsible for company operations and administrative duties including but not limited to: team scheduling, customer service and daily communication. The ideal candidate is a highly organized, detail oriented, independent thinker, a dog lover with a warm and caring personality, great interpersonal skills, and the ability to align great new ideas with NYC POOCH’s vision of service and growth, as well as improve and fully implement new office admin procedures.

At NYC POOCH, we celebrate dogs and understand how much they enrich our lives. Our mission is to meet and exceed the needs of the most discerning dog parents in the city. We recruit and train our people in-house over multiple days and in multiple disciplines to ensure we can uphold the highest level of service.

Job Title: Office Administrator

Summary: Responsible for company operations and administrative duties. Will be in charge of team scheduling, customer service and daily communication.

MORE HERE

 

 

Integrity Pet Services Seeks a Dog Walker in Pearland, TX

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Integrity Pet Services is looking for dependable, trustworthy animal lovers to provide pet sitting and dog walking services in Pearland, TX.Please Note: You must live in/near the Pearland Area.

Thank you! We look forward to hearing from you!

Job Details:
  • Type of Pets: Dogs, Cats, Birds, Fish, Amphibians
  • $8.00 – $15.00 per hour*

Skills & Experience:

  • Years of experience: 1+ to 2 years
  • Minimum education: Some high school
  • Experience with: Pet Sitting/walking, Daily Feeding, Administration of Medicine, Overnight Sitting

Detailed Skills & Experience:

Qualification:
* MUST love animals and have experience pet sitting/dog walking
* Be 21 years old
* Have reliable transportation
* Live in or within 5 miles of Pearland
* Be available to work on major holidays
*Ability to do overnight stays in client’s home a plus

About Integrity Pet Services :

Integrity Pet Services was established in 2007 and currently provide professional pet sitting and dog walking services in the cities of Pearland, Friendswood, Manvel, Webster, League City, and various parts of Houston.

DIY Pantyhose and Newspaper Catatized into Ball Toy

PantyhoseFinnthumbnailMy kitten is SMITTEN for this catnip ball toy I made out of pantyhose and newspaper.  Here’s how I made it.  Simply take a pair of your old pantyhose, you know, the ones your kitty tried to sharpen his claws on.  Cut the legs off at about the middle of the thigh so you are left with boy shorts.  Next tie off each leg with loose knots.  Now take crumpled up newspaper and stuff the boy shorts.  Make sure you leave enough to tie the top of your shorts up, but before you do, sprinkle some catnip inside the boy shorts.  Once you have your nip in and you have tied your top off, toss that bad boy down the hallway and watch your cat go wild.

pantyhoseFinnFor more catatized projects, check out our catatized projects page!

pantyhoseFinn2Kitty cats love the crinkly sound of the newspaper, the texture of the pantyhose and of course the aroma and smell of the nip.  This catatized ball toy satisfies all the feline senses!  Enjoy, meow!

Lisa’s Catatized Tip:  Keep the knots relatively loose so you can freshen up the catnip regularly.  This will keep your feline interested in his toy for a longer period of time.  Abigail and Finnegan’s favorite catnip is made by Kong.

 

Blue Buffalo Seeks a Product Specialist

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Do you like to share stories about your pets?
Do you like to listen to other pet lovers talk about their pets?
Do you enjoy meeting fellow pet parents and can you build rapport easily?
Are you passionate about your pets and overall animal health and well-being?

If you answered yes to the above questions we would like to talk with you. Great Plains Leasing LLC, as the exclusive demonstrator agency for Blue Buffalo Company Ltd., is currently seeking enthusiastic pet lovers, who care about the health and well-being of pets, to join us in our efforts. As a Pet Detective you are responsible for being the face of our brands to pet parents in your assigned pet specialty stores.  We are currently seeking Pet Specialists seeking a flexible work schedule; part-time/weekends.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Approaching pet parents by striking up conversations in such a way that shows your shared love of pets.
  • Sharing your favorite pet stories.
  • Involving pet parents by asking and listening to their stories.
  • Detecting the clues that make each pet parent’s bond with their pets unique.
  • Identifying how our products can best honor the bond they have with their pet.
  • Showing pet parents which BLUE products will best honor the bond they have with their pet.
  • Appreciating pet parents for sharing their stories, giving you their time and attention, and caring about pets as much as you do.
  • Following our vision during your shift and all pet parent interactions.

Central Garden and Pet

CENTRAL GARDEN & PET

Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT), a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the pet, lawn and garden supplies markets, is seeking a Director of Sales – East to work in the Eastern Region of the United States.

This position is responsible for setting, managing and achieving the sales and profit objectives of the company’s eastern region.

This includes direct/indirect management of current retail Pet Distribution customers in the independent pet channel through an outside/inside sales force.   Our customer base includes single unit retailers, regional multi-unit retailers, as well as customers in alternative channels.  Additionally, the position is responsible for developing new business opportunities inside and outside of the traditional Pet Specialty channel.

 

Pet360 Seeks Director of Customer Service in Philadelphia

The petMD Director of Customer Experience will serve as the leader accountable for creating a world-class customer engagement experience for pet parents across all digital platforms (web, mobile & tablet) in support of the petMD brand. This position will be responsible for developing a comprehensive vision for petMD.com, leveraging customer data and insights to create a digital content and media experience to elevate the brand and support pet parents and advertisers based on their needs.

We are looking for a strong leader with passion, energy, intellect and drive that can bring fresh ideas, a strategic mind and an ability to grow the petMD brand.  This person will have the primary responsibility for managing site operations, the overall growth strategy, organizational leadership and financial and organizational management.
This is a great opportunity for a strong web business leader with strong experience prioritizing activities, leading both internal and external partners, and a passion for developing content-rich sites.

 

Pets for Vets Seeks Volunteers in Phoenix, AZ

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Pets-for-Vets is a rapidly growing national nonprofit that pairs trained shelter dogs with returning veterans to save lives and to increase the quality of life for those who have served our country. We currentlyhave 22 chapters in 20 states, with more states opening chapters very soon. Our goal is to have a chapter in all 50 states. We are looking for a chapter director for our Phoenix, AZ chapter.
This position requires the following skills: Budgeting, Executive Admin

Kitty CatBurger Pillow

Check out what I bumped into on Facebook by Huffington Post…..

Oh now this is way cool.  How adorable!  Abigail and Finnegan would love to smoosh their bodies in this fluffy pillow burger.  Too bad they are only available through Amazon in Japan right now.   As soon as I hear we can purrchase them in the USA and or throughout the world, I will let ya know.  Maybe Kritter Kommunity should carry them?

Check out the write up in Huffington Post for additional information.

 

 

Stella and Chewy’s Seeks a PR Marketing Manager in NYC

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Stella and Chewy’s

This new position will be an integral part of Stella & Chewy’s marketing team that is creating and defining an emerging area of the pet food market.  The Public Relations & Marketing Communications Manager position also offers an exciting opportunity to work with the Founder & Chairman of the Company to raise awareness of the Founder’s and Stella & Chewy’s story, and the features and benefits of the Company’s innovative line of products.

We are seeking a talented marketing professional with 7+ years of public relations and communications experience, and ideally experience also in the digital space.  This position may be based out of Milwaukee, New York, or potentially another location.  Outlined below is a summary of some of the planned responsibilities and the background we seek for this newly-created position:

 

Position Overview:

 

  • Plays an integral part in advancing the Company’s marketing initiatives in building brand awareness and engagement while working in a team environment
  • Helps communicate the Founder’s and Stella & Chewy’s story, and the features and benefits of our family of dog and cat products
  • Leads public relations outreach for the Company, including developing and maintaining relationships with key editorial contacts across all mediums, including both consumer and trade publications
  • Active in assessing and managing the Company’s charitable outreach programs, including both sponsorships and product donations nationwide
  • Serves as the primary contact for all media inquiries and schedules Company spokesperson interviews
  • Develops and distributes media relations materials, to include press releases, press kits, digital images, and supporting resources
  • Authors content across a wide variety of topics for use and application in both written and digital communication, including the Company website
  • Evaluates media placement among targeted publications as a complement to editorial support
  • Coordinates all corporate Stella & Chewy’s events and functions
  • Collaborates in the creation and development of a digital communication strategy, including accompanying tactics across social media platforms
  • Assists with the management and tonality of the Company’s social media presence across Facebook, Twitter, and other communities
  • Works with an in-house and external design team in maintaining brand positioning, consistency, and standards across all mediums
  • Liaison with third parties including agencies, suppliers, and vendors
  • Collaborates on special initiatives with Company Management

Paintings Made Better with Cats as Seen in the BBC

OH MY COD!  have you seen this article in the BBC?

Click on Portrait of an Unknown Woman in Russian Costume and a Very Known Cat in a Vet Collar, based on Ivan Argunov below to take you to the full story.  What a fabulous feline tribute by Russian artist Svetlana Petrova.  These kitties really make the portraits.  This is my favorite one, leave me a comment and tell me which one you like.  Have a fun day too!!!

Portrait of an Unknown Woman in Russian Costume and a Very Known Cat in a Vet Collar, based on Ivan Argunov, Portrait of an Unknown Woman in Russian Costume

Hobe Sound Animal League Sanctuary Needs Volunteers in Palm City, FL

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VOLUNTEER NEEDED FOR HOBE SOUND

About the Job

VOLUNTEER NEEDED FOR HOBE SOUND ANIMAL PROTECTION LEAGUE in Palm City.​ The no-kill feline rescue organization needs help caring for the cats at the sanctuary.​ Also needed are Volunteers with Web & Computer Skills, Grant Writers, someone to cut the grass & more.​ Help make a difference in the lives of homeless & abandoned cats! Call 772-463-7386 for more information.​