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Read the latest blogs post from De Lacy Executive, cover various areas including agriculture recruitment.

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Interview Advice

Posted: 14th March 2016 | Category: General De Lacy posts

Courtesy of the Recruitment Grapevine:

Recruiters have already made up their minds about candidates within minutes of first meeting them, according to a new report.

Resurgo Trust, a charity which helps disadvantaged people into work, has conducted a study which found that recruiters judge jobseekers almost instantaneously on the quality of their small talk.

The report also explained that candidates without privileged backgrounds were more likely to struggle with small talk, and as such were put at a disadvantage during interviews.

Researchers who carried out the study found that the first 12 words candidates utter to an interviewer could be a deciding factor of whether or not they are offered the role. The first impression that jobseekers give to recruiters is made during the walk from the waiting area into the interview room, during which, according to the survey, the recruiter assesses their characteristics.

Iona Ledwidge, a spokesperson for the charity, explained the results to the MailOnline, saying: "Unlocking the secret world of the workplace is not about being posh. It is asking simple questions such as "How are you?" or "How was your weekend?"

"It is things like how you greet the receptionist, what you say in the first few minutes or when walking down the corridor. It is smoothing over the gaps; a lot is social graces which (some) young people haven't been exposed to.

"Small talk is part of building confidence and communication skills in the workplace."

Advice for Graduates - Job Applications

Posted: 10th February 2016 | Category: Graduate section


What are your skills?

Know what you have to offer so that you are prepared when potential employers ask you the question. Make a list of your achievements and past experience as this is all valuable and may be the difference between getting the job and being unsuccessful.

Research potential employers

Make a list of employers you are interested in and compare them. Ask yourself - Why am I interested in working for this company? What can I offer the company? Make sure you research them in enough depth so that you are prepared for questions at interview stage. For example, the products that are being sold, what area do they cover and a little about their history.

Know what your employers are looking for

Check that you have got the correct qualifications and experience for the job. You do not want to waste the employers' time if you are applying for a Sales Manager role, for example, and you have no sales or managerial experience. There is no harm in being ambitious but think realistically about the jobs you are applying for.

Application requirements

Have the employers asked for any specific documents? Examples could be: covering letter, certificates to prove qualifications, proof of identity and proof that you are legible to work in the specific country.

Application Process

Writing your application

Give yourself time to write your application. Don't leave it to the last minute and make sure you are applying for a job that you are interested in and one which you also have the right skills set for.

Tailor you application

Match your skills and competences to each job. If you are using the same covering letter for more than one application, make sure you have read it before sending and that it is relevant to the job which you are applying for.


Be prepared for any questions you may get about your initial application. If you are caught off guard and you sound uninterested this will show. Remember to highlight your abilities and what you have to offer.

Double check your application

Before sending off your application make sure you have read through it and checked for spelling and grammar. Maybe get a family member or a friend to read through as a fresh pair of eyes may bring up some new ideas.

Please feel free to give one of our consultants a ring about career advice on 01885 483440

Body Language

Posted: 4th February 2016 | Category: General De Lacy posts

Your body language can have a huge effect on first impressions. At interview it is important to present yourself in a professional and confident, yet approachable manner. It is vital that you don't come across bored or uninterested. Body language can instantly portray how you are feeling so remember the following points when at interview:

1)The Handshake

A firm handshake will show your interviewer that you are a confident candidate. A weak handshake may make them feel that you are nervous and lack confidence.

2)Good Posture

An easy way of gaining your interviewers attention is by sitting up straight. Your interviewer may get the impression that you are not interested if you are slouching.


Frowning may give the impression that you are unhappy with the interview which will immediately make the interviewer wary of your interest in the position.

4)Fidgeting and Fiddling

Just like having good posture, sitting still is also an easy way of keeping your interviewers attention. Fidgeting and fiddling can instantly give off the wrong impression. Although it may mean you're nervous, the interviewer may presume that you are bored and uncomfortable.

5)Eye Contact

By keeping eye contact throughout the interview will show that you are confident and will therefore maintain your interviewers interest in you.

6)Crossing your arms

Do not cross your arms. By not crossing your arms this will make you seem more welcoming and not so defensive.

7)Personal Space

Invading personal space may make your interviewer seem uncomfortable. Although you must appear interested in your interviewer, don't get too close!

8)The Time

Remember the interviewer has taken time out of their day to meet you so respect this by avoiding checking the time. The interviewer will think that you are bored and would rather be somewhere else.


Posted: 27th January 2016 | Category: General De Lacy posts

In the 2015 Farmers Weekly Salary review, sponsored by De Lacy Executive, nearly a quarter of respondents said their career prospects were poor and only 20% described their employer as being excellent at encouraging professional development. Especially at a time of people shortage in the industry we should be building on the skills of our current teams.

Within De Lacy Executive we use the training services of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). Last year our team participated in a one day course on Employment Law - key to responsible recruitment. Today our colleague Sarah Milburn is attending an REC business development course to ensure we are offering the highest levels of service to clients and candidates. in the arable, fresh produce and horticulture sectors. A training plan is now built into our annual budget.

Don't see this everyday!

Posted: 23rd November 2015 | Category: General De Lacy posts

One of our consultants, Grace Nugent, has made it into the Farmers Weekly with a photo of a rather unusual pheasant, whilst out on the farm at home!

Farmers Weekly Facebook Page

Harvest 2015

Posted: 12th October 2015 | Category: General De Lacy posts

Watch a local, Herefordshire, dairy farmer on the BBC's Harvest programme this week...

Returning for a second series, Harvest 2015 follows the fortunes of Britain's top farmers as they battle to bring in our harvest this year.

Gregg Wallace, Philippa Forester and new presenter James Manning cross the country to visit farms that produce world-class crops, meeting Britain's most innovative and pioneering producers, during a crucial time of year for the farmers, the food industry, and everyday consumers.

Within the first episode Gregg helps out with the winter sugar beet harvest and reveals just how much sugar is produced from our home soil. Meanwhile Philippa finds chillies so hot they need a health warning, and visits the Tiptree strawberry fields to try a sweet treat, used for making a special jam that sells all over the world.

Dairy farmer and new Harvest presenter James then visits a futuristic lettuce farm controlled by robots, to find a cutting-edge drilling machine that plants seedlings faster than the eye can see.

Career Development/CV Clinic

Posted: 9th September 2015 | Category: General De Lacy posts

De Lacy Executive will be attending the UK Dairy Day on Wednesday 16th September. We shall be holding a Career Development/CV clinic where we will help you tailor your CV or discuss a plan to achieve your career goals.

You are welcome to book a time to see one of our consultants for a confidential discussion or simply pop in at a time of your convenience.

UK Dairy Day is staged at the International Centre in Telford, an up to date exhibition venue with hotels, restaurants and nearby shopping centre. Located off the M54 the venue is in the heart of the midlands dairy producing counties.

UK Dairy Day 2015 features over 7,000 square metres of exhibition space and over 180 dairy cows featuring in the cattle show.

The theme for 2015 is 'Sharing knowledge for a profitable dairy industry'. The event will feature a learning and development zone, with seminar sessions indoors and outdoors to engage, inspire and educate.

Breeders from across the UK will be showing at the event. The cattle show will feature classes for Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Dairy Shorthorn, Jersey and Holstein.

UK Dairy Day

Farmers Weekly Salary Survey

Posted: 8th September 2015 | Category: General De Lacy posts

De Lacy Executive worked along side the Farmers Weekly to produce this Salary Survey.

Salary Survey

John Davies, director of De Lacy Executive, has said "Agriculture is the world's most important industry. To compete the UK needs well-educated, well-trained people who will readily adapt to changing demands. With this survey we hope to be able to contribute to the debate about how to attract, develop and retain these exciting people."

As a consequence the survey shows, on average, what salary each area of the country is receiving within the agricultural industry. This ranged from £20,250 in Yorkshire to £35,152 in East Anglia, for farm workers. However, the hourly rate ranged from £8.67 in the North East to £13.83 in the North West.

The survey also suggested that the average salary for a farm manager was around £33,378 and a farm worker receiving on average £20,000. Dairy farmers received the highest yearly salary (£25,637) compared to sheep farmers who receive approximately £23,082.

This survey produced some interesting results which reflect the current agricultural industry.

If you are looking for a job with a higher salary or just simply want a career change, feel free to get in touch with one of our consultants.

The British Farming Awards 2015

Posted: 8th September 2015 | Category: General De Lacy posts

John Davies, De Lacy Director, has been appointed as a judge in the Agricultural Student award section for the Farmers Guardian's 2015 British Farming Awards. Standards are very high. The awards will be announced on 15th October, in the glorious surroundings of Chateau Impney, Droitwich. Tickets and tables still available.

The British Farming Awards

Survey explodes myths about careers in agriculture

Posted: 5th June 2015 | Category: General De Lacy posts

Survey explodes myths about careers in agriculture

The 2015 pay and careers survey explodes many of the myths about working in the agricultural sector.

The gulf between the public's perception of working in agriculture and the reality is huge.

One recent piece of research suggested as few as 4% of young people were considering a job in food and farming, with the widely held view that jobs are boring, repetitive and low-paid - and possibly even just for those with few other options.

But an exclusive survey of 1,300 Farmers Weekly readers, carried out in association with recruitment consultancy De Lacy Executive, has revealed the opposite is true.

Careers Survey

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