career inactionWhat exactly is “career inaction” and why should anyone be worried about it? Career Inaction is a term coined by Belgian careers researcher Marijke Verbruggen in 2013 to describe situations where people decide to not do something or failing to act on one’s decisions. Importantly, both meanings of inaction refer to situations where people make a decision which is followed by the absence of action or change.

 

Inaction seems to be more prevalent in the working world than action when it comes to careers. For example, there are many people who complain about their jobs on a daily basis without ever looking for employment elsewhere. Careers result from many constructs including social structure, family influence, socio-economic status and of course, deliberate action taken by the person concerned.

 

Research has shown that career inaction spurs further inaction and causes “inaction inertia.” People who have bypassed an initial career opportunity are less likely to act on further opportunities even if they appear more attractive. This may explain why people get stuck in careers they dislike or why they end up in long-term unemployment even after being presented with multiple job offers.


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Published on July 28th, 2016

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how important are internshipsGuest Blogger: Vera Marie Reed

 

When it comes to preparing for an agriculture career, an internship will definitely help you.

 

Even the most qualified candidates will face a lot of competition for good jobs, so having an internship under your belt could be the differentiator that kicks off a long and fruitful career.

 

The U.S. edition of AgCareers.com’s 2015 Agribusiness Job Report shows that the total number of job postings in the U.S. and Canada was up 26%, to 81,000+, compared to the year prior. AgCareers.com received almost 6,800 job postings each month throughout the U.S. and Canada last year. While there are plenty of jobs, there are lots of suitable applicants vying for them.

 

Consider these statistics from the aforementioned study, for example:

 

  • 64% of AgCareers.com applicants had an education level of a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • 51% of applicants either were currently or were most recently in an agriculture-related job
  • 54% of applicants had agriculture-based post-secondary education
  • 44% of applicants had more than five years of experience

 

With all of those highly trained people either already in or on the verge of entering the agriculture industry, you can improve your odds of landing a job by doing an internship.

 

Read on for information that’ll help you answer the question: How important are internships?


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Published on July 26th, 2016

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1Listen up, military veterans: agricultural employers WANT YOU! In a preliminary snapshot of the “Veterans and Military Professionals in the Agricultural Workplace” survey by AgCareers.com, 85% of agricultural employers agreed that military professionals and veterans have experiences and transferable skills that make them a good fit for the agricultural industry. If you are unfamiliar with the agricultural industry or simply aren’t sure which career your military skills would best align with, here are 7 high-demand ag jobs for veterans of the military.

 

7 High-Demand Ag Jobs for Veterans of the Military

 

1. Logistics: Military veterans and professionals are calculating, quick on their toes, and organized. This is the perfect combination for a career in logistics and supply chain management. Logistics professionals hold the responsibility of oversight of factory or customer deliveries, freight quotations, onsite pickup, and overflow and direct-to-port. They also implement the supply chain goals of a company. Learn the educational requirements and employers of logistics professionals.


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Published on July 22nd, 2016

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two weeks' notice quitting my jobUnlike the photo accompanying this post suggests, quitting your job can create a lot of anxiety. Basically, it’s firing your employer. And like ending any relationship, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. Here are six tips for two weeks’ notice done right:

 

1. Notify your boss first and in person. No matter how much you trust your co-workers to keep a secret, this kind of news spreads quickly through the grapevine. Once you’ve decided to quit, inform your supervisor first and your colleagues second. Have a conversation with your boss in person, unless circumstances make that impossible. At a minimum, have a phone conversation with them. E-mailing or texting the news to your boss is not considered a respectable way to quit your job.

 

2. Write a resignation letter. After the conversation, give your boss a formal resignation letter. Keep it brief – tell them you are leaving their employment, when your last day of work will be, and thank them for the opportunity. Your contract or employee handbook may specify how much notice you need to give, but if not, two weeks is considered the standard. Do not feel obligated to explain your reason for leaving or what your next career move will be.


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Published on July 19th, 2016

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stereotypical millennialThere is no doubt that there is a stigma to the term “millennial” and with that comes many different stereotypes. I myself would be considered a millennial but I would like to think, at least I am hoping, that I do not fall under these stereotypes. The fact of the matter is, there are stereotypes because people perpetuate them and actually believe them to be true! It is important for us to acknowledge that there are bad perceptions and, in fact, many employers have faced the stereotypical millennial. Just because this perception is out there, don’t allow yourself to fall into the trap! Make a valiant effort to prove these stereotypes to be wrong. Stand up for your generation and help in overcoming the negatively behind the term millennial.

 

Here are just a few stereotypes and some tips on avoiding them.


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Published on July 14th, 2016

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cover letterGuest Blogger: Vera Reed

 

Is the cover letter dead? Yes and No. The misconception might be cover letters are usually merely glanced over, that does not mean you should not include one completely. When done right, a cover letter can create a story for your job history that a resume can supplement. Think of the cover letter as a way to curate your accomplishments in your field and your resume is further explanation of your work history. The challenge is not deciding to write a cover letter, but how to write a cover letter to make it stand out and be relevant.

 

Employers and human resources recruiters are looking for candidates in a much different way than they used to. The days of job listing in newspapers and even on online forums is diminishing and instead companies are looking for potential employees within their own communities. According to Forbes, recruiters are looking at communities in their field such as social media to find potential new hires. Companies are looking for people that are already familiar with their work and are playing an active role in the conversation about the field. Thus cover letters that talk about your interest in the field might be irrelevant in today’s job hunt. Today’s cover letter is all about storytelling and keeping your reader interested.

 

Here are some tips and tricks to help your cover letter shine:


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Published on July 12th, 2016

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Lauren ShotwellLauren Shotwell, AgCareers.com’s HR Services Account Manager, started as an intern for the company in the summer 0f 2010 and it developed into a full-time career. Now in her fourth year with the company, the North Carolina native works from a home office in Richmond, Virginia and has an exciting history to share.

 

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

 

I help with finding new business and interacting with inbound requests in regards to our salary survey. I reach out to potential clients who might be posting on the job board site and try to cultivate that new business. I also help with special projects on the HR side. Currently, I’m helping with our HR Review survey. My job involves a lot of email follow-up, doing demos of the database, and answering any questions clients might have.

 

What do you enjoy most about working with AgCareers.com?

 

I really like our company culture and the family atmosphere that we have. I feel like we’re all one big family and it makes working here a lot more enjoyable when you like who you work with. Everyone is willing to help each other. I worked in the government realm before this and it wasn’t like it is here. We all have each other’s back.
 
What advice would you give to job seekers using AgCareers.com for the first time?

 

Expect to have patience. That’s really important. Don’t start applying to jobs until you read a lot of our resources like our newsletter and blog. We want you to put out your best resume and materials, and we have a lot of resources to help you with that.


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Published on July 5th, 2016

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