Save labor costs by looking outside the box for new farm employees

Save labor costs by looking outside the box for new farm employees

Sometimes the best hires for your farm business may not come with well-suited resumes

A candidate walks into my office for her interview. Friendly smile, firm handshake. We had spoken briefly on the phone a few days prior. She was a referral from someone I knew.

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Although she didn't have a strong background, I decided to interview her anyway. I asked if she brought her resume in and she said with a big smile, "Yes I did, because I thought it was proper protocol, but you and I both know there is nothing on this piece of paper that supports that I am qualified for the job."

Sometimes the best hires for your farm business may not come with well-suited resumes.

She was right. The paper said she was not a fit for the job. And yet she was very qualified and is still on the team today, producing at even a higher level than I could have hoped for.

So why her?

Well, she grew up on a farm. She and her husband own some land today that they rent out, even though they are only in their early 30s. She has her own photography business that she has successfully grown from scratch and she said she is extreme when it comes to organization. And she had one killer personality. She has proven to be a highly driven, smart working, farm-loving individual. None of which could come through on her resume.

This is something you should keep in mind for your own operation. During these times where costs have to be monitored closely, when looking at hiring consider looking at individuals a little outside the box.  They may require some training, but also may cost less per hour.  Consider looking outside of the industry for part-time students or retirees.

Don't limit your farm business employee hires to only those who have the exact experience you are looking for.  Don't look at just where they have worked, consider more of who are they as a person, and their capabilities.

If you need help with hiring employees, visit us at aghires.com.

The opinions of Lori Culler are not necessarily those of Farm Futures or the Penton Farm Progress Group.

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