Recruitment: Seven tips for hiring in a candidate-deficient jobs market

Beef Central, 24/02/2023

Latest listings on our recruitment page, Jobs Central:

  • Manager, Agribusiness, NT, ILSC – via LUCASgroup
  • Territory Manager, Western & Central NSW, Datamars – via Rimfire Resources
  • Feedlot Manager, NSW – P & J Harris & Sons
  • Working Station Manager, NW Qld, Avery Agriculture – via HRology
  • Farm Manager, Armidale NSW – via LUCASgroup
  • Station Manager, Goldsborough Qld – NAPCo
  • Junior Station Hand, King Island – TRT Pastoral Group
  • Wallumba Feedlot Qld – various positions – MDH Pty Ltd
  • Koojan Downs, WA – Operations Manager + Feedmill Manager – Harvest Road
  • Site Manager, Mt McLaren – NQ Bulk Storage & Logistics
  • Project Manager, WA – Dept Primary Industries & Regional Development

To access Jobs Central, including full listings and job descriptions of these and other positions, click here.

Set out below are seven tips from specialist recruiters Agricultural Appointments for hiring in a candidate-deficient market.

Value proposition

Ensure that your company or business has a strong employee value proposition, and that this proposition is clearly communicated to prospective employees. This proposal could include support for learning new skills, an emphasis on work/ life balance, flexible hours, the ability to work from home, and a focus on health and well-being.


Be proactive, not reactive. In an agricultural jobs market where demand for specific skills exceeds supply, be mindful that the top candidates are likely to be gainfully employed and unlikely to respond to job advertisements (so-called passive candidates). If you wish to hire them, you must find ways to identify and communicate with them. If you don’t have the necessary network to do so, hire a consultant who does.

Don’t hesitate

Don’t elongate the recruitment process by hanging out for the perfect candidate. if you have done your due diligence in seeking out candidates and have identified someone who fulfils, say, 80 percent of your position requirements don’t hesitate – hire them! A drawn-out recruitment process with associated delays and poor communication may be taken by the candidate as being indicative of the future employment experience, and acting as a deterrent for future employment experience, and acting as a a deterrent for candidates, who will either lose interest or accept alternative opportunities.

Money, money, money

Don’t haggle over remuneration. Be prepared to pay the market rate, commensurate with skills and experience.

Rethink the criteria

If candidates aren’t meeting the requirements as described in your position description, rethink the criteria. It may be that you can hire a less experienced person while providing the necessary training and support to bring a candidate up to speed.

Look over the fence

When candidates lack relevant industry experience, try to identify potentially-suitable candidates with similar skillsets in other industries and leverage off their transferrable skills.

Working remotely

The COVID pandemic has taught us that with current and advancing technology and modern means of communication, many jobs can be effectively performed remotely – at least for a proportion of the time. Considering candidates with the relevant skills and giving them the option to work (at least, partially) remotely may deliver more candidates who can fulfil the position requirements. Workplace flexibility and increased autonomy are powerful tools to attract talent in the modern world.


Companies at the more progressive end of the spectrum have realised that the current talent shortage is a problem that is unlikely to be fixed any time soon. Instead, they recognise the need for long-term planning to address it. Skills audits can be a valuable tool to identify where a company may be exposed to risk from the potential loss of key personnel (whether due to resignation, retirement, or death) and to gauge the likelihood of sourcing such skills from the market.

Businesses can minimise risk, once identified, by developing graduate programs or training and creating succession plans to minimise the need to go to market.


Source: Agricultural Appointments



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