Animal Career Secrets Shares Article & Journal Tips for Finding a Career with Animals.

Animal Career Secrets explores how reading articles and journals can help find a career with animals. All content copyrighted 2007 by Diana L Guerrero. Some rights reserved.

 

As you begin to read the articles and journals, look to see where the authors have studied or received their degrees, and explore to see if you would be interested in such studies, or in the topics published in that journal. If you aren’t interested, then it probably is not an area of study you should pursue.

Before you contact anyone connected with these professional groups, you need to do a bit of research on your own. You will also need to keep your inquiry focused and to the point. Remember that when writing professional people, you will need to respect their time and input by carefully researching and preparing yourself PRIOR to contacting anyone.

People who work with animals receive many, many inquiries about careers with animals. Unfortunately, there are many people who contact them without thinking about what questions they want to ask, or who have not done any exploring or thinking through what it is they are interested in, and if it is even possible.

Writing a letter or e-mail without stating your area of interest, educational background, location (or desire to relocate) or why you are contacting someone is not advisable. Many times professionals will take the time to respond to someone who has thought out such things; while they may or may not drop a note to the person who has not bothered to consider that they might be very busy.

If you write something like, “Hi, I am interested in working with animals. Do you have any recommendations?” this does not give the person you have written any incentive to want to assist you. It is too much work to try and guess at your intent. Writing a letter to a busy professional should show respect and consideration of their valuable time. It also should show that you have taken the time to really research the topic and have a real interest in the field. Hundreds of people think they want to work with animals. Very few of them follow through, learn the options and do the work to achieve their goal.

In the next post I’ll include recommendations for you to do _before_ you contact an organization or people related to one.

Diana L Guerrero is an animal career specialist and has extensive experience in many areas of the animal world. A well known animal expert, she has worked professionally with animals for over thirty years. Guerrero is the author of several books and the host of the syndicated, Ark Animal Answers.

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