One of the challenges in agriculture, whether it is a farm or a business, is locating productive employees.
A farmer from southeast Saskatchewan has launched a web platform to make the task a little easier.
Kristjan Hebert (pronounced hee-bert) from Fairlight, SK is the founder of WorkHorse.
"With any business, good people are hard to find. Part of it is that we tend to look only in our local area versus in a global environment where we operate now. It's not necessarily matching farm jobs with people with ag experience. I think it's matching farm jobs with qualifying skill sets that we maybe don't look for enough."
Hebert has a friend in the United States who likes to hire employees with military experience that have run heavy equipment. Their ability to follow instructions and being punctual are two desired skills. Another example would be someone with work experience in the oil patch that is familiar with both machinery and long workshifts, as well as working away from home.
Employers pay for an annual subscription, which Hebert believes makes sense for those filling a number of positions throughout the year.
"Employers tend to find the work and then go find the people. I think we should be looking for good people all of the time rather than just putting an ad out when you need somebody."
Hebert says it will be up to the employer to do background checks.
The service is free for potential employees---from Canada and other countries---who set up individual profiles.
"On the profile, the employee can load resumes, background checks and other documents to speed up the process. However, our theory is to match people based on profiles and personalties and then go to the resumes and the checks secondly. Right now, we tend to sort people by looking at a whole bunch of papers and then look at their profile to pick between the last three. We want to flip that on its head and do it the opposite way."
Employees and employers are also encouraged to post videos and pictures for their profiles.
Profiles can also be listed as anonymous to maintain confidentiality for people who don't want others to know that they are looking for new career and job opportunties.