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“In the past, we had managed the recruitment ourselves and always found it a challenge. However, with REAL Success not only was the process efficient but James was highly personable and understood what we needed quickly. He took time to understand what was needed for our business, rather than just treating our role as a tick box recruitment exercise to just place someone as soon as possible.  Instead, he made sure that all the people he put forward to us matched our farm needs and priorities we had discussed. I’m delighted to have secured a high-quality addition to my team so quickly.”

David Davies & Co

David Davies & Co is a 300-cow organic dairy herd farm based in Minsterley, Shropshire. The farm has won the Soil Farm of the Year award previously and has a fantastic ability to grow a large amount of grass.

REAL Success | Agricultural Recruitment | David Davies Farm
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The Situation

Teaghan on behalf of David Davies & Co came to REAL Success for support in finding an Assistant Herdsperson for Park Farm which uses a New Zealand based grazing system.  They were therefore looking for someone with specific skills and knowledge along with certain behaviours and attributes to fit into their existing team.

The Task

To find the right person for the farm and the role against a tight timescale, ensuring that quality candidates were put forward resulting in a successful appointment.

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Action

  • Initial exploratory phone call with our Recruitment Manager to gather more information about their farm and the type of candidate they were looking for.
  • Prepare a Job description and person specification.
  • Write and design the advert which was then posted on Indeed.com with an agreed budget spend on pay-per-click advertising.
  • Regular social media posts created and distributed across different platforms.
  • Candidates screened, phoned and reference checked prior to being sent to Davies Dairies Team for scrutiny.
  • Candidate’s details and CV’s sent over for review.
  • The David Davies & Co Team selected the candidates they wished to interview and provided REAL Success with potential dates. REAL Success then organised an initial zoom call with the candidate and client, followed by a full onsite interview.
  • Candidates were profiled using the VITA Profiling system and reports provide
  • After the successful onsite interview, an offer email and contract of employment were provided to the candidate.
  • Throughout the recruitment process, constant communication was kept between David Davies & Co and REAL Success to ensure the smoothest process.
  • Our founder & CEO contacted Teaghan to understand her experience with REAL Success and if there was anything else we could do to support the farm.

The Result

  • The candidate was hired successfully within 35 days of the initial posting.
  • An additional candidate was also taken on trial.
  • Contracts of employment finalised and provided.
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