Surinder SinghSurinder Singh serves as AgCareers.com’s web developer. He has been with the copmany since May 2016 and works in the Guelph, Ontario office.

 

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

 

My primary responsibility is resolving the issues reported with the AgCareers.com website and internal administration panel which is used by our team. I manage tickets on an ongoing basis, and perform routine clean-up and troubleshooting. My other responsibilities include managing the ATS (Applicant Tracking System) communications, relationships with third party vendors, working with end client’s tech groups, and communication between technology and AgCareers team.

 

What do you enjoy about working with AgCareers.com?

 

I enjoy troubleshooting the issues that are reported by our sales team, resolving and successfully deploying those on our production environment. I love my job as a customer service representative for ATS/Feeds and communication with our team across the continent.

 

What advice would you give to job seekers utilizing AgCareers.com for the first time?

 

I don’t interact with job seekers directly on a one-on-one basis, but I would like to advise them to understand that the agriculture and food industry is one of the top growing industries with many job opportunities. We are the leading job board in agriculture with more than 5,000 jobs posted each month, so every job seeker who is seeking opportunities in agriculture must visit AgCareers.com.


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Published on January 3rd, 2017

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Ag Social Media Accounts to FollowAt AgCareers.com, we really stress to our audience (and our employees) the importance of career education. While many of us are often caught up in our professional lives, it’s important to remember continued growth. A great way to continue to learn about the agricultural field as well as professional development is to follow particular social media accounts geared toward your interests as well as career preparation. The following are some social media accounts that I would recommend if you are interested in becoming a more well-rounded professional ready for anything from writing a resume, an interview, or your first performance review. Or just follow some of these accounts to get a better idea of what your industry is really like.

 

1. AgCareers.com

 

Shameless plug: follow AgCareers.com on our available social networks. Whether you’re looking for career development and preparation or agricultural knowledge, you’ll find it all with AgCareers.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Also, if you’re interested in relocating to or already reside in Australia, we have an AgCareers.com Australia Twitter account.


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Published on December 16th, 2016

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Meet Ashley CollinsAshley Collins, AgCareers.com’s Education & Marketing Manager, has been with the company full-time for nearly 12 years. In 2004 Ashley worked for eight months as the first AgCareers.com intern. She works from a home office in North Carolina.
 
What do you do on a day-to-day basis in your role with AgCareers.com?
 
A typical day could include corresponding with stakeholders of our business whom I manage our relationship with such as National FFA, AFA, STEM Connector and the National Teach Ag Campaign. Or it could include working with some of the companies that utilize us that have an interest in recruiting or retaining young people into their businesses. It could also include working on market research projects like our internship benchmark survey, or high demand career profiles. Another day could be filled with conference calls or face-to-face meetings with clients, stakeholders or speaking to a group of students either attending a national conference or on their campus via a virtual visit.

 

What do you enjoy about working with AgCareers.com?
 
I enjoy that the core of our business helps people achieve their career goals. Our job board, the market research we publish, our social media outreach is all part of providing a service that helps people.

 

What advice would you give to job seekers using AgCareers.com for the first time?
 
Even if you’re not currently looking for a job, watch our website and monitor the jobs that are posted. Job demand can be a great indicator of what’s happening in the industry. You can tell a lot about the direction that companies are taking based upon the volume and type jobs that they post.

 


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Published on December 2nd, 2016

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veterans in agricultureHappy Veterans’ Day and Remembrance Day! On behalf of AgCareers.com, I want to say thank you to all who have served their country so that we may enjoy the freedoms and livelihoods that we have.

 

AgCareers.com is very dedicated to the employment and advancement of military veterans in agriculture. Since 2012, we have carried the Ag Warriors program forward, assisting military men and women in search of careers within the agriculture and food industries. We have partnered with leading agricultural employers including CHS, Inc., DuPont Pioneer, and Tyson Foods to promote the active recruitment and employment of veterans in agriculture.

 

AgCareers.com also recently completed a survey entitled “Veterans & Military Professionals in the Agricultural Workplace.” You can view the full results here, or a quick snapshot, but as a summary, it’s important that veterans know that agricultural employers want to hire them. Here are some key findings from the survey that veterans can take note of:


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Published on November 11th, 2016

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scary work situationsOh the horror! As an employee, you’re bound to run into your share of terrifying moments. Telling your boss you’re taking another job can be as scary as seeing Michael Myers watching you from down the street. Asking for a raise can be more frightening than The Blob! Here are a few scary work situations you might experience and how to be prepared to handle them.

 

Telling Your Boss You’re Leaving: Putting in your two weeks notice can make you nervous, because it could be difficult to do without burning bridges. Your boss might even be the reason you decided to leave in the first place but are not sure how to tell them. Remaining positive and being upfront are key to creating a smooth transition with your soon-to-be former employer. Check out this post for more tips to ease the anxiety of this scary work situation.

 

Asking for a Raise: Now, hopefully, the worst thing about asking for a pay raise is that your supervisor will say “no.” But let’s be honest: if they say no, it can also leave you with a bruised ego. Prepare for the meeting (and you should prepare a formal meeting to discuss this, by the way), by asking yourself these three questions.


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Published on October 31st, 2016

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women in agriculture by krysta hardenAuthor’s Note: Krysta Harden, former Deputy Secretary of United States Agriculture and current Vice President Public Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer with DuPont, gave an interview for the 2016 AgCareers.com Ag & Food Career Guide concerning women in agriculture today. Since we were unable to publish the full interview in the article, it is given below.

 

Tell me about your agricultural journey. What has your career looked like over the years?

 

I grew up on a farm in southwest Georgia. My parents are still there so I have a direct connection to agriculture and folks trying to make a living on the land. During the 1980s when I was deciding what to study in college and what type of career I wanted, Ag was going through very difficult financial times. My parents encouraged me to do something other than agriculture. So I took another track, I attended the University of Georgia and studied journalism. I was drawn to Washington, D.C. and had interest in working on Capitol Hill. Working on the Hill gave me the opportunity to support and influence agriculture through policy even if I was not physically working on the farm. My heart is still there. I have seen the difficulties farmers face and I’ve dedicated my career to helping them.


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Published on October 18th, 2016

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Meet Beth HalesBeth Hales, a decade-long member of AgCareers.com, serves as the Director of Talent Solutions in the United States. She works from AgCareers.com’s headquarters in Clinton, North Carolina.

 

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

 

My day-to-day activities revolve around leading our U.S. job board sales team and developing/executing on business strategy as part of the AgCareers.com leadership team.

 

What do you enjoy about working with AgCareers.com?

 

My journey with AgCareers.com has been ever-changing, and I enjoy the way our team tackles a variety of challenges in our efforts to be in tune with the industry and exceed customer expectations. I also enjoy the close working relationships that have been developed over the years. I feel that people in agribusiness, more than any other industry, prefer to collaborate and grow better together.

 

What advice would you give to job seekers using AgCareers.com for the first time?

 

Our site lets you apply to any position without setting up a profile, but my advice would be to go ahead and do that. Having a profile will save time, and provide more tools to aid your search. We all know that making a career move can be very time-consuming, almost a part-time job these days. Why not take three minutes to make your life easier?


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Published on October 13th, 2016

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temporary positionWorking in a temporary position can lead to great things! While Ryan the Temp from The Office is obviously not a real person, he rose through the ranks to eventually become second in command at Dunder Mifflin…although he was later fired for fraud…but even after that he still remained with the company for eight years!

 

Okay, bad example. But there really are a lot of positives for taking a temporary position. Most temporary positions today last for several months whether it is a seasonal position working in the field or filling in for a parent on maternity leave (especially in Canada). They serve as a great transition period for a professional dipping their toes into the working world or just looking for something to do while they search for a more permanent position. And who’s to say that this temporary position couldn’t become a permanent position?

 

To make the most out of taking a temporary position, follow these suggested tips, and then search for hundreds of temporary positions on AgCareers.com.


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Published on October 7th, 2016

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Free internAs an employee of AgCareers.com, I’d like to think that most internships nowadays are paid. In fact, of the 704 interns participating in our 2016 Internship Benchmark Survey, NONE of their internships were unpaid, and only 1% were paid between $5 and $8.99 per hour. But there are still a few organizations out there that do not offer concrete compensation to their interns year after year (in my book, being paid less than minimum wage is essentially an unpaid internship). They may have good reason for it: they may be a nonprofit or government organization, or they offer benefits such as housing that they feel covers an intern’s compensation for the summer/term. Or perhaps your “unpaid internship” are really just clinical/educational/job shadowing hours you need to complete for educational purposes.

 

If you are considering an unpaid internship, apprenticeship, co-op, or the like, you’ll want to examine the opportunity for everything’s it’s worth to determine if the experience will pay off for you one way or another. Check out the positive and negative points about unpaid internships below before making your decision. Also, be sure to know whether your internship is really paid or unpaid before you make your decision. And inquire deeply as to whether or not this internship experience has true educational value, because if not, it could be illegal.


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Published on October 4th, 2016

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what it's really like to be an ag teacherIowa native Carlton Ness, a graduate of South Hamilton High School and Iowa State University, is beginning his fifth year as a high school ag teacher. Teaching for four years at Aplington-Parkersburg High School, he has returned to South Hamilton in Jewell, Iowa to teach agricultural education and industrial technology in his hometown. I sat down with Carlton to ask about what it’s really like to work as an ag teacher as a celebration for ag educators throughout North America on Teach Ag Day.

 

What made you want to become an ag teacher?

 

I had a really good relationship with my high school ag teacher, Steve Olson. He did a lot for me and kind of pointed me in the right direction. I remember when I was in high school, students had to teach a lesson in one class, and after I had taught my lesson, he asked me if I had ever considered becoming an ag teacher. At the time, I just kind of laughed it off. He actually made me go to a workshop when I was a senior for those who might want to become an ag teacher, and I really liked it. I went to Iowa State thinking that animal science was what I wanted to do, but I did take some agricultural education classes. By the end of my freshman year, I had switched my major to ag education.

 

What is a day in the life like for you?

 

It’s pretty different all throughout the year because there are so many different things going on, especially in terms of extracurricular activities like the FFA Chapter. In the fall, we’re busy with getting the FFA year started and National Convention. There are lots of CDE contests in the winter and we look forward to speaking contests in the spring with practice after school. Then there are monthly meetings for FFA. It’s hard to really pinpoint what a typical day is like, because there isn’t one. And even with teaching, I teach seven very different classes. We may be working in a lab or out in the shop or taking a test. I think that’s why I like this job so much, because there’s so much variety. I never feel like I’m coming to work. I always feel like I’m doing something that I enjoy with kids.


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Published on September 22nd, 2016

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