body language mistakesInterviewing for a job and networking scenarios can test even the most polished professional. Such situations can stir up nervousness and anxiety that can be difficult to ward off, sometimes sending the wrong sign. It’s important to note that communications experts agree that the vast majority of face-to-face communication is presented by our tone of voice and body language, with only 7% being attributed to the spoken word. While the person you are speaking to pays close attention to your verbal answers, is the delivery of your message lacking due to non-verbal cues you are sending? Being aware of the messages you are conveying through unspoken communication can be critical to your career success!

 

Here are 6 common body language mistakes to avoid:

 

1. Eye Contact – Looking someone directly in the eye conveys confidence and trustworthiness. But too much eye contact can be unpleasant to the other party. Strike a good balance in making a personal connection by looking the other person in the eye when they are speaking to you and when you are responding. Avoid staring at them by taking slight breaks to look away.


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Published on February 22nd, 2018

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Kacey ToewsAgCareers.com is privileged and pleased to welcome our newest member to our team Kacey Toews! Kacey joins us from a home office in rural Powhattan, Kansas as Talent Solutions Specialist.

 

What do you do on a day-to-day basis in your role with AgCareers.com?

 

I handle all of the new accounts as well as my established accounts and assist them in utilizing our products.

 

What do you enjoy about working with AgCareers.com?
 
I love that every day is something different and being able to build relationships with the different Agriculture companies every day and see what I can do to assist them in their hiring needs. I also love working with our team, everyone is very helpful and encouraging.

 

What advice would you give to job seekers using AgCareers.com for the first time?
 
Make sure to post your resume on our database but also go through our “Career Cultivation” blog. There are tons of helpful hints and interesting posts in the blog that might assist you in your job search.


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Published on February 15th, 2018

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handshakeBy Traci Via, Agriculture Future of America

 

While there are more than 6,500 languages around the world, body language is the most universal. We all speak body language. The handshake is probably the oldest and most used body language phrase, if you will, in the world. In fact, archaeological ruins depict soldiers shaking hands in the 5th-century BC. Some believe the origination of the handshake was a sign of peace.

 

Today, the handshake is used to greet, meet, congratulate, confirm an agreement and is a sign of good sportsmanship. The purpose of a handshake is to convey trust, respect, balance.

 

There’s a lot of science in a simple handshake: the pressure, angle, what you do with your other hand, and other expectations, especially within another culture. Here are just a few hand shake tips.


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Published on February 13th, 2018

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intern interview questionsWorking toward securing an internship? If you’ve done this before, you know that you likely won’t get an internship without going through some sort of interview. Whether that is a phone interview, video interview or an in-person interview, being prepared to answer some of the most common intern interview questions can get you to the next step. Here are my five favorite interview questions for interns and what I’m hoping to learn from the candidate when asking them.

 

Common Intern Interview Questions

 

1. Tell me about yourself.
 
Doesn’t every interview usually start with this? The response to this question sets the stage. Unfortunately, most interviewers know within a matter of minutes if a candidate is going to work out or not, so make sure to pay attention to this question. You don’t want the response scripted but you can have a pretty good outline to follow. Keep the response concise – two minutes or so. Don’t regurgitate your resume, but rather highlight the things from it that make you a good fit for the role. Tell why you are excited about the position and sell yourself as the best candidate!


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Published on February 1st, 2018

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jobs in agriculture that didn't exist 20 years agoAs a 26-year-old, it’s crazy for me to say that I remember what the agricultural landscape looked like 20 years ago. I grew up on a small hog, soybean, and corn operation in northern Iowa where, at age six, our first desktop computer with the brick maze screensaver was cutting-edge and we could not fathom how technology could and would impact the agricultural industry as we knew it. Today, we’re fortunate that, like the world around us, agriculture has become incredibly advanced and we’re able to multiply production to better feed and fuel the world. And while it’s popular to assume that technology is diminishing agricultural roles of the past, it has also created a vast number of new jobs in agriculture that previously did not exist. Here are four jobs in agriculture I can safely say did not exist twenty years ago:

 

Precision Agriculture Specialist: This role may be what first comes to your mind when considering new jobs in agriculture. Precision ag workers build and work with precision agriculture technologies to improve and collect data around the planting and harvesting of crops.

 

Geospatial Analytics Scientist: GPS is helpful for more than just finding your way out of a city. These agriculturalists use GPS in precision agriculture capacities and more. Drones are popular tools utilized by geospatial analytics scientists.


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Published on January 30th, 2018

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podcasts for professional developmentI LOVE podcasts! They help make a long drive more bearable and keep my mind alert while on the road. Admittingly, my favorite shows are murder mysteries, but I’ve also discovered shows that are beneficial for my professional life (and don’t creep me out when driving down a two-lane road late at night!).

 

Maybe you’re like me and have a stack of articles and books that would really benefit you professionally, if only you could make the time to read them. Podcasts enable me to gain wisdom during a time in my car that is otherwise spent trying to out-sing whoever is on the radio. They are also free and easily available on a range of devices. Check these podcasts out and download them for your next drive!


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Published on January 23rd, 2018

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find a will for job searchingJob searching: not for the weak. It can feel like fighting a Demogorgon while trying to save your best friend from another dimension and trying to hide a telekinetic from evil scientists…. Okay, maybe not quite like that. But job searching has more in common with the hit Netflix show Stranger Things than you might think. Have a read.
 
Disclaimer #1: If you haven’t seen Stranger Things, go watch it now, because it is great. Also, if you haven’t seen, this post likely won’t make a lot of sense.
 
Disclaimer #2: Some of these analogies are corny and far-reaching. Don’t judge me.
 


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Published on January 16th, 2018

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questions to ask when considering a jobIf you’ve done any amount of investigation around how to interview well, you’ve likely run across advice to ensure you come to interviews prepared with a few specific questions to ask the interviewer. This advice is very logical, yet so many interview without taking the time to prepare for this essential step. In order to really determine if the job is the right fit for you, it’s very helpful to be prepared to “interview” the employer too.

 

Sometimes the best way to prepare involves a little soul searching, and we’re going to assume that the obvious things like commute, overall responsibilities, and pay are already in line with your expectations. To land a job you actually enjoy, it’s important to really know yourself and what you prefer in a work environment. Let’s take a look at a few important questions to ask yourself, so you can frame relevant questions for the interviewer as you consider a potential career move.


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Published on January 9th, 2018

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career goals in the new yearIt’s a New Year and many people have set (or are at least talking about) resolutions. Most of us are notorious for making New Year resolutions and quickly forgetting them by mid-January! But, you can’t afford to call it quits so soon when it’s career goals we’re talking about.

 

Your career goals may range from obtaining more satisfaction from your current role to striving for a promotion or moving on to new opportunities. It’s time to work out how you will achieve these goals and plan on how to get there.

 

Make Your Career Goals Happen

 

1. Negativity is contagious! To retain your motivation, stay away from those that bring you down with their pessimistic and complaining behaviors.


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Published on January 4th, 2018

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gearing up for a performance reviewIf a performance review conversation isn’t your favorite chat out of the entire year, dutiful preparation and ongoing conversations are the key. Contrary to popular belief, performance reviews shouldn’t be contained to one conversation between manager and employee at the end of the year. At the start of the performance year, employees should meet with their manager to discuss goals for the upcoming year. These preparations for performance appraisals should start at the beginning of the performance cycle, and continue all year. If you find yourself at an organization where performance reviews are an after-thought, consider scheduling meetings with your manager to plan your year and to discuss performance along the way.

 

In conjunction with your manager, develop specific goals for the upcoming year. Keep in mind that by attaching specifics to each goal, you’ll be more likely to achieve them because you have defined exactly what you are aiming to accomplish. While forming goals for the upcoming year, it isn’t a bad idea to reflect upon your performance last year. Try to incorporate any improvement opportunities to your current performance improvement plan you discussed with your manager the previous year.


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Published on December 19th, 2017

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