As an employee it’s important for you to check out your prospective employer so you can be happy in their workplace.
A farm résumé or farmer CV
If the employer has one, they will often send their CV out to you with the application form after phone screening. If not, you will have the chance to ask for one during the interview. Simply ask for a farm résumé or farmer CV.
The farm goals, values and some evidence to back up claims can be detailed in a farmer CV, and you might also expect to see some references and contact details of past or current employees or a number of other stakeholders.
Even if the farmer doesn’t have a CV, you can still ask questions about the things that might be in a farmer CV. Take notes so you can reflect later.
You might ask:
- Can I talk to current or previous employees? This will give you a good indication about the boss and what kind of place the farm is. Remember, it’s best to talk to a few people before coming to conclusions.
- What are your farm values?
- What are your business goals?
- How do you encourage career development?
- How would I fit into your long-term goals for the farm?
You can also ask around about the farmer as an employer, or get advice from one of your mentors or advisors. Dairy connect is a group of farmers who are willing and able to offer free advice to farmers and employees to help their careers.