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Hi.

I'm just wondering where people tend to advertise to find gardening staff with good plantsman / horticultural experience these days? There was a time I would have come here to Landscape Juice Network but the jobs section seems redundant now and browsers warn its unsafe. When I pushed through security, it seemed all the jobs that had been posted were over 1 year old so it's clearly no longer in action.

Without that as a focused job search site for our industry, does anyone else have any good tips of sites to advertise on? Are there any others specific to gardening or landscaping? So far I've posted on Facebook and just created a job on Indeed.

Any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

Janet

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  • Hort weekly  

  • Many of our members use Indeed with success.

    It's important that you can really sell your business to potential employees. As small businesses they are such vital hires. 

  • PRO

    Would like to hear how this goes for you.  I have just gone through the recruitment process.  Advert went out on Indeed.  Had a great response, or so it seemed initially.  40 people sent in CV's over the first weekend, but about half were either far too far away or had been 'told' to apply. I sent a second round of questions to about 10 of the remainder - simply things like whats your salary expectations?  Can you drive?  Nothing too difficult.  Only 5 of the 10 actually responded.  Of the 5 left, I asked 3 to zoom interviews and only 1 turned up.  Turns out he does not finish college until June anyway so could not start until then...........

    Obviously, none of this was caused by Indeed, who did their part perfectly but I hope you have better luck than me.  

  • PRO

    I've recently posted another job on Indeed.  You need to get your "Deal breaker" questions in there as the first time I posted we were overwhelmed with unsuitable candidates.  I think what BHC gardens says is about the norm so it's a slow process and you have to be persistant.  We recently did recruit through Indeed with pretty much the ideal candidiate.  26 right experience and plant knowledge, good communication, he asked the right questions etc etc.  He did two half-day trial days with us before starting officially on the Monday.... never turned up on the Tuesday and not communicated with me since to give a reason.  I even went round his parents house to make sure he hadn't had a car crash or something.

     

    So, we are back to the drawing board too.  Via Indeed and Facebook but will look at Hort Weekly as well.

  • PRO

    Hi, It may be worth giving your vacancy details to your local / nearest agricultural college or organisation doing Horticulture training. You must or may not get people with the experience but there are often courses with mature students too. You'll probably sift out most of the time wasters too !

     

     

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