Recruitment: Earning others’ trust in the workplace

Sheep Central December 4, 2020

December is typically the peak season for recruitment activity across the red meat and livestock industry, as staff give notice prior to finishing the season before the Christmas/New Year break.  This year is no exception, with more than 40 new positions added to Sheep Central’s Jobs Central recruitment page in the past fortnight. Positions advertised cover cattle production, lotfeeding, processing, live exports, industry admin and research, and range from general management to operations management, logistics, sales and marketing, livestock operations and engineering. Click the extended list below to see new career opportunities ….

Latest listings on Jobs Central recruitment page:

  • Manager – Olinda Park, Dalby – Gibson Grazing
  • Administration supervisor + Livestock Overseer, CVLX – AAMIG
  • Trainee manager, Feedlot – Peechelba Beef
  • Stud stock co-ordinator –  Stocklive
  • Manager, Alice Downs, Blackall – Alice Downs Grazing Co
  • Overseer, Dryland Cropping – via Rimfire Resources
  • MSA senior business development officer – MLA
  • Trade fair co-ordinator – Beef Australia 2021
  • Manager, King Island – TRT Pastoral Group
  • Wool sales manager, Spearwood/Great Southern WA – Elders
  • Project officer, Climate – University of Southern Queensland
  • Pastoral/Agricultural roles 2021 Season – Harvest Road
  • Executive manager, Business Services – via Rimfire Resources
  • Traineeship, Cert III Feedlot Operations – Australian Country Choice
  • Head stockpersons, 2021 Season – Hancock Agriculture
  • Assistant feedlot manager, Myola – Bindaree Food Group
  • Feeding manager, Myola – Bindaree Food Group
  • Group agronomist, Mackays Group – via Rimfire Resources
  • Overseer, Sturt Creek Outstation WA – Hancock Agriculture
  • Operational assistant – Hewitt Cattle Australia
  • Systems specialist, Meat – Mort & Co
  • Working manager, Baratria – Teys Investments
  • Project engineer – Mort & Co
  • Farm operations supervisor – via Rimfire Resources
  • Pen rider – Rangers Valley Feedlot
  • Executive officer, Australia Melon Assoc – via Rimfire Resources

Click here to access these and other exciting meat and livestock supply chain positions currently listed on Jobs Central.


THERE is no better starting point to nurturing one’s career in the red meat & livestock industry than establishing a foundation of mutual trust within the workplace – regardless of whether that is a feedlot, a processing plant or a stock camp.

Regardless of your title or level of authority, trusting others and having others trust you in return are the most basic elements of being looked upon as a respected professional.  And working in an environment where co-workers can rely upon one another and are confident in each other’s abilities is very rewarding.

But how do you get trust?  Trust is built intentionally and involves being a good communicator, remaining committed to integrity, and believing in others.  Here are some thoughts on how to earn others’ trust at work:

Be trusting – To be trusted, you must first trust others.  When you begin a relationship with a co-worker, assume that they are fully capable of doing their work and are appropriately motivated.  Trust them until you are proven wrong.  If that person disappoints you or makes a mistake, be cautious in drawing conclusions about their level of competency or motivations until you understand more about them.

Be forthright – When an issue arises, address it with your co-worker with respect and kindness. Go directly to them without talking behind their back or complaining to others. These candid conversations are not always easy, but it is best not to delay in approaching the issue as resentment or anger can build and cause damage to the relationship.  Being forthright in the workplace is a huge step towards earning others’ trust. The exception is if the situation involves harassment or an ethical or safety violation, when its best to go straight to a supervisor.

Be generous – Knowledge becomes even more powerful when shared.  When working closely with others, be diligent to share relevant information and disclose opinions/concerns that you may have.  Be willing to hear others’ ideas as well.  Do not hold back out of fear that they may get the credit for a job well done.  Build on the contributions of others and help them shine.

Be honest – Building trust sometimes means admitting you made a mistake or that you do not have all the answers.  Be forthright in owning your mistakes and asking for help when you need it.  Your honesty helps others feel that they can trust you.

Be reliable – Follow through on your commitments, or give early notice when you cannot.  Team members need to believe that their co-workers are reliable and will carry their share of the load.  Broken promises and missed deadlines can quickly break down the trust that others have in you.

Trust is an essential element to a successful career in the meat and livestock industry.  Are you a trusted colleague?




























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