Sometimes the simplest of gestures can have huge impact. That certainly can be said for a thank you and follow-up after an interview. While most would think saying thank you is standard, in today’s world it often gets overlooked. However, employers are watching and in a tight candidate search, the time writing a quick interview thank you can put you above the competition.
Obviously, start with a nice thank you. You can thank them for their time, their insight about the opportunity, and for considering you for the role. Be genuine and sincere in whatever you choose to thank them for.
What does it mean to be an accountable employee? I think most people’s initial response would be, to be responsible for your own actions in the workplace. While that is certainly part of the equation, I’m particularly intrigued with the definition for accountability from The OZ Principle, written by Roger Connors, Tom Smith and Craig Hickman.
Authors of this book define accountability as an attitude of continually asking what else can I do to rise above my circumstances and achieve the results I desire? In the workplace, you could edit and also include, results the company desires.
The book continues to explain an ‘Above and Below the Line’ concept. In my opinion, it is a great depiction of what true accountability looks like, whether that be personally or in a work setting. According to the book, accountability above the line involves Seeing It, Owning It, Solving It, and Doing It. On the flip side, the unaccountable or victim cycle, includes things like wait and see, it’s not my job, finger pointing, and more.
For this blog, I was challenged with the task to write about successful women in agriculture. I use challenge lightly; because you see, finding successful women in agriculture wasn’t really a challenge at all. There are so many talented females in this industry and we will only see this number continue to increase as female enrollment rates in ag programs continue to rise.
While I don’t want to underplay the fact that gender can influence how success is defined, particularly in the minds of some, I truly feel it is more about skills and characteristics that lead to a person’s success — not necessarily their gender.
To demonstrate this, rather than feature a blog about one successful woman in agriculture, I reached out to three women whom I respect within the industry and sought their advice on what it is that has helped them excel. Enjoy their offerings!
“Being a genuine, honest leader has been something I have learned from my mentors. When you are genuine and give your heart to the organization or position you’re in, you will naturally become successful.”
“Build your network. You never know when you will need to reach out for advice, in hiring or anything else in life. Networks, particularly in agriculture, are so important.”
We recently had the opportunity to attend the Women in Agribusiness conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. What a great experience to bring together women within the industry for education and exceptional networking. Here are just a few of the main observations that we took away from this enlightening event.