Farm advice: Preparing to hire for the season ahead

DairyNZ's GoDairy programme will help recruit committed young Kiwis by connecting job seekers to the latest farm assistant vacancies across NZ

The GoDairy campaign helps recruit young committed Kiwis

I have heard from lots of farmers about how busy and challenging it’s been in the past few years, especially as many farms continue to operate short-staffed and struggle to find employees to fill those gaps.

That’s why DairyNZ continues its mission to find committed Kiwis to work on your dairy farms. Our nationwide GoDairy campaign will begin again in March. GoDairy will help recruit committed young Kiwis, by connecting job seekers to the latest farm assistant vacancies across New Zealand.

Through the GoDairy campaign, we will be sending active job seekers to Farm Source to apply for roles, so we need farmers to list their current job vacancies on Farm Source. This will help job seekers find great work and highlight the size of our sector’s workforce shortage.

When writing up your advert, here are a few top tips for getting your job noticed:

My name is John and I own a family farm in the Waikato region of New Zealand. Our farm is over 100 acres and contains dairy cows, sheep, pigs, chickens and horses. We are looking for dedicated employees who are committed to taking care of our animals and tending to the land. We offer competitive wages along with on-

Think about how you can stand out from the crowd. Consider what makes your farm unique and a great place to work. This is partly made up of your farm information, including location, cow numbers, shed and farm system.

However, this is also about the culture of your organisation. It’s important to get across the values and vision you have for your business, and the culture you have.
Get current team members involved in this with a 10-minute meeting and ask them “what would you tell your friends about why it’s good working here?” Incorporate their feedback into your job advert.

Tell them why they should choose your job

To attract candidates, your business needs to be in shape and have the basics right. Some key things to consider are:

  • The current roster
  • Hours of work
  • Hourly rate of pay
  • The state and availability of accommodation

Job seekers will be attracted to a different combination of benefits, including location and remuneration, the type of work and the opportunities to align with their work and career aspirations. Promoting the things that make you different and appealing in these areas will help job seekers determine if your job opportunity is a good fit for them.

Once you have written your advertisement list it online at nzfarmsource.co.nz/jobs.

Longer term, developing a great workplace for your staff will mean that you will have lower turnover while finding it easier to attract committed staff members when vacancies do arise.

DairyNZ has a range of tools and advice for recruitment, onboarding and creating a great workplace at dairynz.co.nz/people

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