Common Employer Questions and Answers:
With Farm & Ranch Personnel, it is always free to look. Indeed, we encourage employers to compare the qualifications of our referrals with people you may already be considering. Then hire the best candidate, regardless of the source. While there is no cost to list a position with us and no obligation to hire anyone we refer, you are required to sign our services contract, which obligates you to (a) consider and interview our referrals in good faith, and (b) pay a modest placement fee if you decide to hire our referral.
Farm & Ranch Personnel, finds unique candidates that traditional advertising misses. Serious career seekers seldom respond to help wanted ads or send their resumes to blind boxes. Many are currently employed and require the confidentiality a professional agency offers. Others are new to the area and seek professional assistance in finding the right career with the right employer. Many people who answer newspaper or internet ads fall into one of three categories: (a) the unhappy, (b) the unqualified, or (c) the chronically unemployed. Farm & Ranch Personnel, penetrates the hidden labor market where the best candidates are found. We maintain a very large pool of pre-qualified candidates, generated by aggressive recruiting 52 weeks out of the year. When you call us, you immediately access these top-notch people -- many of whom you would not find any other way.
Since 1986, the Farm & Ranch Personnel pledge has remained the same: we will rather send no candidate at all than refer someone who is unqualified. Each referral is discussed with you before being sent, and a specific interview time is arranged. We won’t fill your fax machine with a blizzard of faceless resumes, and we will only refer a limited number of cream-of-the-crop applicants (typically, 3 to 5.) These candidates must meet not only your specifications, but ours as well, or they will not be referred.
We create a synergy between our areas of expertise (personnel recruitment and assessment) and your company’s expertise with regard to the specific and technical requirements of each job. We thoroughly consult with each company, drawing out the critical details, personality traits and intangibles that are so important to successful hiring. We make it our business to know your company inside and out, and to combine our strengths with yours. It is this partnership approach that is so unique to our agency, and produces such consistent results. Working with you, we take the guesswork out of hiring, and maximize your chances of hiring the best person every time!
First, we attract a better, more stable, more qualified pool of job candidates than an employer’s own advertising brings in. Second, we screen and evaluate candidates as third-party professionals, independent of your company’s hiring process. Applicants reveal to us a ton of information that will never come out in a typical job interview. Why? Because as clients of Farm & Ranch Personnel, they are not interviewing for a job with our company. They are instructing us on how we can help them fulfil their own career goals. Thus, we can determine exactly what kind of work they will commit to long term, and what kind of jobs they will only take until something better comes along. These permanency factors vary greatly from one applicant to the next, and employers, acting alone, cannot gain this kind of insight. They end up hiring people who have interviewed well, and then wonder why they’re gone in six months. Farm & Ranch Personnel provides the solution to this problem, by closing the information gap and referring only people whose permanency can be reliably predicted.
As a matter of policy, Farm & Ranch Personnel always does our own reference checking during the screening process of potential candidates. We are skilled in that process and ask questions from a personnel recruiter’s investigative mentality. Furthermore, the dynamic of an agency reference check is different, and often reveals much more candid information. We approach the former employer not as a prospective employer, but as a professional who is trying to help the individual become situated in the most appropriate employment. References are generally much more willing to volunteer information (including negative information) when they see it as part of a process to help the person be properly placed. Candidates whose references don’t check out will not be referred. We try to avoid annoying the references by duplicating efforts. Rarely does an employer wish to call references after we have already done so, however, reference information is always available at request.
We heartily encourage you to calculate the costs -- all the costs. How much is your time worth? Time poring over resumes, making dozens of calls attempting to check references, and interviewing several unqualified candidates? Advertising can be costly and time-consuming. By scheduling a tightly controlled number of pre-screened candidates, your time will be spent seeing only people who are qualified for the job. We reduce the average employer’s interview time by 50 to 80%. More importantly, count the costs of turnover. Studies show those costs to range between 35 and 250% of the person’s annual wages. Also, you must consider the extra workload placed on yourself or other employees while trying to fill that position. We reduce the time it normally takes employers to fill a vacant position. Farm & Ranch Personnel’s referrals last an average of four times longer on the job, at a one-time cost of 8-10%. Cost effective? Yes, by a factor of approximately 100! Your company will never make a better investment. Interview the best and avoid the rest!
Farm & Ranch Personnel prides itself in our partnership approach, and the cooperative human resource manager support services we offer. We do not replace HR functions, but concentrate on those specific areas where an independent, outside professional can help a busy HR department become more time-efficient and effective. Through our pre-screening and recruiting process, we can guarantee that HR managers are devoting their precious time to in-depth assessments of worthwhile candidates, rather than taking on all comers and wasting valuable resources. Working together, Farm & Ranch Personnel can enhance the work of any HR manager, through a trusting professional relationship.
When you talk to serious-minded, high-caliber career seekers, you find that most of them are very concerned about the productive use of their time. Rather than casting out in every direction, they are more comfortable with a well-planned and highly focused approach to their job search. Farm & Ranch Personnel offers them valuable professional career counselling, access to the area’s best employers, and efficient use of their time. The best job candidates often are currently employed, but wanting to advance their careers. They do not have the time to be out searching for jobs, so they retain Farm & Ranch Personnel to search for them. Confidentiality is also a major factor. Farm & Ranch Personnel can discreetly approach employers on their behalf, and market their skills in strictest confidence. At the same time, top-notch candidates are highly selective about the positions they will pursue. Thus, Farm & Ranch Personnel plays an important role in pre-qualifying job opportunities and screening potential employers, for these top drawer candidates.
Only rarely does a Farm & Ranch Personnel placement end prematurely, but there are times when factors beyond our control result in a person leaving. To cover those contingencies, we offer shared risk placement guarantees that far exceed those of other agencies. Choose from our exclusive one-year guarantee, that provides for half-priced replacements during the first 365 days of employment, or our 90-day guarantee, that reduces the original fee in proportion to how many days the placement lasted.
Definitely not. Most of the agencies you encounter these days are temporary staffing services, that do permanent placement as more of a sidelight. Their files are primarily filled with unstable temporary workers. The interviews they conduct are very brief, and their screening process is superficial at best. It’s not that they are bad businesses; they just have a different orientation. Their specialty is rapid, high volume temp assignments, not career development and permanent placement. Other Ag-placement agencies will rely on paperwork done by the applicant and then refer that applicant to you without even talking to them. Farm & Ranch Personnel, however, always develops a relationship with the applicant in addition to thorough paperwork. This process ensures a much better fit of Employer and Applicant because we have a better understanding of the Applicant’s needs and desires. Farm & Ranch Personnel, from its inception, has focused on aggressive recruiting, professional screening and lasting career placement. We devote the time and expertise to doing the job right. We specialize in great employment matches and the highest levels of employee productivity and retention.
Occasionally, this question still comes up, from folks that either aren’t familiar with Job Service or aren’t familiar with the work of a good agency. To them, we would ask this simple question. Have you ever known of any government bureaucracy that can do as good of a job as private enterprise in the same situation -- or do that job as cost-effectively? The reason for this every business-person understands. Private enterprise has the incentive (called profit) to serve the customer with excellence, while always striving to improve. As a practical matter, employers will never get the kind of personal, professional attention from Job Service, nor the aggressive recruiting and screening that they can expect from a private agency like Farm & Ranch Personnel. Listing with Job Service, most employers will agree, is a frustrating waste of valuable time, resulting in few, if any, qualified referrals.
Farm & Ranch Personnel never requires an exclusive arrangement when we take your listing. Indeed, we would counsel employers to be wary of those agencies – public or private -- that push for exclusives. They are not necessarily acting in your best interests. Farm & Ranch Personnel is not afraid of competition. We’re confident that we will prove our worth, whether you call other agencies or not. Eventually, many companies conclude that multiple listing is unnecessary. And often a confusing waste of time. They come to choose Farm & Ranch Personnel as their first and only source of hiring, because we have earned their confidence through hard work and excellent results. That’s the way we accept exclusives!
Some employers fear that Farm & Ranch Personnel will disrupt their normal hiring process by placing various demands on their company. In fact, our agency is extremely flexible, with the goal in mind to serve and accommodate your needs -- not impose our own system over the top of yours! Being an independent, non-franchised company, we are able to be very innovative, and to flex to other companies’ procedures and policies. We are truly the no hassle employment agency, and we get results.
Yes, because we know that the highest quality employees are most often currently employed. Recruiting assignments are especially appropriate when you are seeking skill sets and experience levels that are very narrowly defined and rarely found. The key to good, effective recruiting is ethicality. The recruiter must discern the critical needs of both the client company and the targeted employee, and only proceed if they feel the match is in everyone’s best interests. Farm & Ranch Personnel follows a strict code of never recruiting an employee out of one of our contracted client companies, and needless to say, we never recruit someone who we had previously placed, unless the company has ended its client relationship.
Absolutely not! The ultimate goal is for you to obtain a job you can be happy with. You are perfectly free to search on your own, or try any other employment service, private or government. Our only requirement is that you keep us fully informed of your activities, including any job referrals you may have received, ads you may be answering, etc. We do not wish to waste our time duplicating your efforts, by calling employers you have already seen or intend to see through a previous referral. This is very important. If you don’t keep us advised, we may be forced to put aside your file.
Your primary obligations are communication and honesty. We are prepared to devote a large amount of our professional time to finding you a career position. In return, we need to know that you will (a) represent your qualifications and work history truthfully and completely; (b) keep us fully informed of all positions you are applying for on your own or through another referral service; (c) treat us with respect and do not become impatient (There is a much smaller number of jobs than there is applicants, Sometimes finding the perfect job for you may take some time); (d) communicate with us throughout your decision-making process; (e) return all of our messages promptly, i.e., the same day whenever possible; (f) tell us immediately when you have accepted a job, whether through us or not; and (g) make an honorable and serious commitment to whatever job you accept.
Yes! With your help, hard work and cooperation. Think of us as a team, that must work closely together in order to succeed. Unlike government agencies and temporary services, Farm & Ranch Personnel establishes a professional relationship with the job-seeker. If we can count on you to work with us in good faith, we will do whatever it takes to help line you up with the right opportunities. We are not just job fillers -- we are job finders, who will actively promote you to the business community, opening doors and making things happen. Through our interview process, we can help guide your career in the proper direction, and create an employment match that makes great sense for you and your new employer. We’ll go to bat for you when those great matches appear, and give you the kind of professional advice that will help you have a competitive edge. Only at Farm & Ranch Personnel will you receive this kind of personalized, aggressive service -- all at no charge.
Temp services generate mostly temporary positions. That’s the area in which they concentrate. It’s far less likely that a temporary service will have quality, career positions on file because employers are less likely to seek permanent employees from a temporary agency. They will call Farm & Ranch Personnel first. Temp services also tend to be job fillers, not job finders. They have neither the time nor the orientation to make cold calls on your behalf to local employers. They survive on a high volume of low paying temporary jobs, and seldom show job applicants the personal attention or provide the career counseling that you’ll get at Farm & Ranch Personnel. There’s nothing wrong with temporary services; they just fill a different niche. If you want personalized, professional help with your career search, Farm & Ranch Personnel is the only show in town. The state unemployment office is, realistically, a step below the temp services. Some companies list permanent jobs with them (usually low end stuff), but there is virtually no serious effort made to find you, or even match you, with the career of your choice. You are expected to prompt their system by looking over their listings and contacting them! You have a better chance responding to blind ads in the newspaper than getting aggressive action out of the State Job Service. Most people conclude it’s not worth their time.
We are not currently offering temporary/seasonal placements. However, this is something we are researching and may be a possibility in the future.
We are not currently offering temporary/seasonal placements. However, this is something we are researching and may be a possibility in the future.
It is our experience that for most job openings, two weeks of dedicated work on our part should be enough time to recruit, screen and refer qualified candidates worthy of filling your position. If good progress is being made, we will usually agree to a one-week extension. However, we advise our client companies that if they are not prepared to move this quickly, they should probably hold off in activating the job order. The problem with taking a month or more to fill a position is that the originally recruited candidates will often no longer be available, while those who are still available are getting a bad impression of your company. Far better to wait until you can devote yourself to the interview process, with a commitment to hiring the right person without costly delays.
Common Applicant Questions and Answers:
Farm & Ranch Personnel does not currently charge an applicant fee. All of our placement costs are borne by the hiring employer.
You will need to complete a thorough application, providing detailed information on work history, education, specific skills, references, etc. to submit along with your resume’. You may also submit letters of reference or anything else you feel will help present a clear picture of your qualifications and desires. You will then talk with your consultant, at which time your personal job requirements, career goals, etc., will be thoroughly explored.
We will check your references right away, and begin referring you to appropriate positions we have on file. At the same time, we will actively market you to other employers in the Agriculture community. Once a job interview is lined up, we will again visit with you, to prepare you for the interview itself. Your consultant will then follow up with the employer on your behalf, and advise you on your own follow up efforts. We will work with you every step of the way, to maximize your chances of landing the job you truly desire! Once you have been placed, your consultant will conduct a post placement counseling session with you, giving you valuable advice for making the most of your new employment opportunity. Should any problems or questions arise once you are on the job, your consultant remains available for you to talk with and derive professional advice that will enhance your success.
In addition to our own application and qualification sheets, a well-prepared resume’ including good references and current contact information is always helpful. Letters of reference are appreciated, although we will be conducting our own reference calls. Also, some applicants include a photo of themselves for our file so that we can associate a face with the name, however, this is not a requirement.
Common Applicant Questions:
No, it’s actually a pretty bad idea. Farm & Ranch Personnel hesitates to accept a job order extended only after all other resources have been exhausted. Too often, that signals a problem with the job, the management, or both. We build our business on trust and quality for employers as well as our job candidates. We refuse to send the type of employee we refer, into a no-win job situation. That is a losing proposition for all concerned. We seek a serious, professional relationship with our client companies that respect our system, the time we invest and the work we do. Please call us at the beginning of your recruitment process, and you will be very pleased with the results. If you call us after all else has failed, we will probably say, as graciously as possible, thanks but no thanks.