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Career Story: Sheetrock Contractor And Dog Groomer

Sheetrock Contractor And Dog Groomer

Job Title: Self-Employed Contractor

Type of Company: I work construction with other self-employed contractors.

Education: high school diploma

Previous Experience: I wanted my own business so I could work for myself.

Job Tasks: I hang sheetrock. We use many power tools and measuring devices to cut and hang the sheet rock. This is my job and those are my responsibilities.

The other job I have is working at a dog groomer's, washing dogs. I have to rinse the dog. Then I have to soap the dog and re-rinse him completely. I then have to squeeze the extra water out of the dog's hair and towel him dry. I finish the process by using a blow dryer to get the dog dry, fluffed and warm.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my first job is that I get some good benefits. The worst parts is the strain that I put on my back, knees and arms. I have to lift a lot of heavy things.

The best part about my second job is the good money per dog -- not to mention the tips. I also get the satisfaction of working with dogs and other animals. The worst parts about the job are the fluctuating demand and having to deal on occasion with animals that bite, scratch and snarl.

Job Tips: If you were going to pursue a career hanging sheet rock always remember to bend at the knees and know how to read a tape measure. Be able to cut in a straight line.

If you are going to pursue a job as a dog groomer you should always remember to wash the dog as if you were washing your own hair. Never get the shampoo in the dog's eyes. Also if you are giving a flea bath work as fast as possible but be careful and always work from the head down because the fleas will run to the dog's ears if you do not.

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