Pets: Helping Find Job OpportunitiesPublished December 14, 2011
If you have been searching jobs and are feeling a little pinched, don’t fret. The extra you might spend for dog food or cat toys could be the best investment you ever made. If you are in the market for an employment upgrade, here are just a few examples and stories that show where your furry or feathered friends could lead you.
Pets Helping Find Jobs: Network with Your Pet and Land an Acting Gig
Erin had been in Los Angeles working on her acting and singing career and wanting that to be her primary income, but instead drove around and exerted her energy being a masseuse to earn a living. She got a few small parts now and again but needed to find some representation that could help her land more substantial roles. The recession wasn’t helping her endeavors.
To liven up her life and have more joy, Erin adopted a rescue pup she fell in love with named Henry. On their morning walks they would regularly run into a little dog named Mitzi and her owner who lived nearby in Hollywood, saying hello but not getting into conversation. One morning, more dressed up than usual, Erin, after running into Mitzi and her owner, said “Wish me luck, I have a big audition today.”
“Oh, you’re an actress,” replied Mitzi’s mom. She mentioned that she lived near a manager. As that was not unusual, Erin didn’t think of it again until a well respected man happened to walk up to her one evening and asked, “Is this Henry? I’m Doris’ neighbor.”
“Who’s Doris?” Erin said confused. They laughed that she only knew Doris as Mitzi’s mom, and he asked her to come to his office the next day with a picture and resume where he promptly signed her.
Pets Helping Find Jobs: Get Your Pet on TV
Misty and her husband own a pet duck that lays eggs, which got them cast on an episode of a TV show. The producers loved working with the couple so much they even hired one of their dogs. Now the pets are more famous than their actor/model parents.
Pets Helping Find Jobs: Become a Dog Training Business Owner
Angela held a desk job for many years that she wasn’t too happy with. When she got laid off, she started looking for something else. One day her husband found a dog training franchise that he thought would be great for their little dog Stanly. Instead of just sending her pooch to school, she bought her own franchise and now has work she loves. The added benefi is that she can bring Stanly along too.
Pets Helping Find Jobs: Become an Animal Shelter Office Manager
Karen offered to foster a dog for a non-profit animal rescue that led to her to being hired by the company as their office manager. .
Pets Helping Find Jobs: Start a Catio Business
Lisa loved to hang out in her apartment courtyard with her indoor cats and designed enclosures for them to safely enjoy the outdoors with her. The unique enclosures attracted so much attention she launched a side business that has proved lucrative and brought her many new friends.
There are countless stories of connections made at the dog park, pet stores and the vet’s office. Truly, having a pet can open up many doors.
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