5 Questions With… Devon Gelder

Employee’s name: Devon Anne Gelder
Organization: Maple Lodge Farms ltd
Position/Job title: Human Resources Administration-Benefits and Social
Employment start date: 1-Nov-2010 Permanent (18-Feb-2006 as Student)
Number of years of experience working in the food and beverage processing industry: 11 years in total

1. Describe your job in 3 words.

Managing, paperwork, Insurance. In reality, 3 words are not enough!

2. What’s your favourite thing about the food and beverage industry?

The possibilities are endless in this industry. With technology advancing, the changes to more humane animal handling continue to fascinate me. I really enjoy reading about other countries and seeing how they are developing new tools and processes that make it easier to slaughter the animals needed to provide food products – chicken, cows, pigs.

3. What advice do you have for someone who is applying to jobs right now?

Be persistent. Jobs are out there even if it doesn’t seem like it. Understand that companies are not guaranteed to contact you even though you apply to positions. Go to local job fairs, reach out to local agencies, connect online through LinkedIn and other social media.

4. What advice do you have for someone who would like to be in your job one day?

Be patient, work hard to move up the department ladder. Express your interest in the other areas of the department. Find new ways to improve within the department. Find new ways to improve yourself with training-seminars, courses etc. Be personable with all employees, getting to know them on a social level makes it easier to assist when they feel you care about them personally. Also be firm regarding company policy and protocols.

5. What three traits would you look for in someone who was applying for your job?

I would look for someone who is hard working and good at multitasking. Someone organized and quick to problem solve. Someone who is personable and can work well in a team environment while keeping their own work functions separate. 🍎

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