Job hunting tips

  • Tips on recruiting the best farm staff
    Staff recruitment can be a real headache. Most employers in agriculture agree there is a shortage of experienced workers, so finding and retaining the right staff has never been more important. While there will always be young people who are desperate to get into the farming industry, the genera...
  • A good CV is your passport to getting a new job in agriculture – so getting it right is worth a bit of time and effort.
  • If you want a successful career in agriculture then you need to start planning how you are going to get there.
  • Many agricultural recruitment firms, companies and farms are embracing social media and can use it to scout for and hire new employees.
  • Discussing salaries can be uncomfortable, but talking about how much you will be paid with a potential employer is a crucial conversation.
  • Rapport is the connection between two people; the spoken and unspoken words that say ‘we are on the same page’. In an interview situation you can employ numerous techniques to maximize the rapport between yourself and your interviewer.
  • The main aim of a covering letter is to encourage recruiters to read your CV. However, it needs to do a lot more than say, 'here is my CV!'. In short, it is the biggest chance you have to sell yourself.
  • Personality questionnaires or psychometric tests can help a potential employer judge if a candidate is suited to a role by determining the type of personality they have.
  • Your CV can be your first point of contact with potential employers, so making an impression is important. Whether you are applying for a relief worker role or a more formal job, a CV is your chance to ‘sell’ what you have to offer based on your education, experience, skills and personality.