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Finding a job or the perfect employee has been made easier with the use of Winejobs. Photo: ©Dirk Ercken/123rf.com.

Finding a job or the perfect employee has been made easier with the use of Winejobs. Photo: ©Dirk Ercken/123rf.com.

JOB searching or hiring can be tough at the best of times but when you are trying to hook up with a job or a potential employee and you are hemispheres apart – literally – then you really have to be switched on to avoid unwelcome pitfalls. This month Grapegrower & Winemaker’s Stephanie Timotheou looks at some of the people who can smooth your way.

The internet has given the wine industry immediate access to a global skill base.

Viticulturists, winemakers, front office and back office.

Using job websites would-be employers are drawing specialist staff from around the world.

But there is a trick.

If you are a winery in California’s Napa Valley and get an application from what seems to be the right person – in New Zealand’s Marlborough wine region – having them drop in for a traditional interview is a little out of the equation.

But there are ways you can adjust your employment technique to keep up with technology.

Recruitment Coach’s Michael Murphy says there are simple, practical techniques to uncover a candidate’s real experience and knowledge.

He frequently presents webinars on interview techniques where he will share tips and tricks to help you interview like an expert.

  • Learn how to quickly identify what’s needed to succeed in a position and how to evaluate your candidates against these criteria
  • Learn how to assess a candidate’s workplace preferences and get an insight into how they might perform in your role
  • Assess team and cultural fit – learn how to determine whether a candidate will be compatible with your workplace culture and team
  • Learn the common interviewing mistakes made and practical ways to avoid them

Murphy says he is committed to helping businesses grow and facilitating employee performance through the delivery of tailored HR strategies and support.

“We take a holistic view, so you get deeply strategic, actionable insights in staff – from recruitment to replacement,” he says.

“We’re experienced in many disciplines including: HR Support, recruitment, job descriptions and KPIs, staff turnover, remuneration and reward, performance management, staff surveys and policies and procedures.”

An experienced HR professional Murphy has previously been responsible for managing the delivery of HR solutions and recruitment services for a number of small-medium businesses.

Other online service providers include operations such as international enterprise The Barefoot Group, which works on the business itself and identifies the people and positions any company needs to consider to get the best possible outcomes.

Adelaide-based Winetitles runs winejobs.com.au, which is the industry’s leading online job portal and it works with wineries, businesses, recruitment agencies and job seekers.

Winejobs offers job hunters immediate access to a range of positions available in every major wine producing region in the world.

Winetitles general manager Elizabeth Bouzoudis says at the click of a finger, employers can post or edit a job and discover a range of suitable candidates to complement their company.

She says companies are using online employment for its reach, its cost advantage over traditional, but geographically-limited print options and its speed.

Earlier this year Hahndorf Hill Winery co-owner Marc Dobson advertised with Winejobs for a wine sales representative and received several applicants.

He says the site is easy to use and is less expensive than the print advertising the winery previously used.

“Overall I would say the number of applications we received from Winejobs and other internet employment sites exceeded those received from print, suggesting more and more people seem to be looking for work online,” he says.

Bouzoudis says Winejobs is primarily used to fill wine-related jobs across the industry with positions in winemaking, viticulture, sales and marketing, administration, management and hospitality.

“It is user-friendly (even for the less technically inclined) and provides many benefits similar to other job seeking websites, but with a targeted approach to those pursuing a career in the industry,” she says.

With its link to major wine publications in the Australian and New Zealand marketplace, advertising on Winejobs provides a wider spread of viewers than other sites provide.

Full story in the June issue of Grapegrower & Winemaker.

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