AgCareers.com has employed several interns over the nearly 20 years in business as well as numerous campus ambassadors throughout North America during the duration of the AgCareers.com Campus Ambassador program. We caught up with four former interns and campus ambassadors to hear how their time with AgCareers.com impacted their professional careers and what they’re doing today.

 

Rachael Ashley - AgCareers.com Campus AmbassadorRachael Ashley – AgCareers.com Campus Ambassador 2011-2012, University of Idaho

 

How did your position with AgCareers.com aid you in your professional development?

 

Being an AgCareers.com ambassador helped me understand the importance of networking and expanding your professional circle. It’s easy to stay in your comfort zone and to avoid the risk of putting yourself out there, but nothing magical happens in this safe space. As an ambassador, I tapped into my network and grew my connections from the opportunities those connections provided. Working with new students, faculty and industry professionals exposed me to different ways of thinking and opened my eyes to opportunities I never knew existed. I would not have had the courage (or network) to pursue a career so different from what I had planned for without being a part of the AgCareers.com ambassador program.


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Published on March 20th, 2017

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rachael powellNew to the AgCareers.com team is Rachael Powell who serves as the Data Analyst – HR Solutions. Rachael has been with AgCareers.com for two months and works from the Clinton, North Carolina office.
 
What do you do on a day-to-day basis in your role with AgCareers.com?
 
So far some of the projects I have worked on are the National Pork Board Compensation and HR Practices Report and the Agribusiness HR Review. My other main task will be to aid in the completion of the Compensation Benchmark Review.

 

What do you enjoy about working with AgCareers.com?
I enjoy that I get to help compile information that will help ag companies throughout North America make more informed decisions.
 
What advice would you give to job seekers using AgCareers.com for the first time?
 
There are over 5,000 jobs posted on AgCareers.com. Take the time to diligently think about what would be the best career move. Tailor your resume so that it speaks to the strengths you possess that employers are looking for. If you need help, browse through the many resources listed under the job seeker tab.


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Published on February 3rd, 2017

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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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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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IMG_3624Kristine Penning is AgCareers.com’s Creative Marketing Specialist. She will have been with the company for three years in January of 2017 and works from the Ames, Iowa office.

 

What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

 

I have a unique job where I get to do a lot of different things daily. Primarily, I do graphic design for AgCareers.com, so this includes handouts and flyers, brochures, mailers, e-blasts, reports, infographics, social media graphics, basically anything the team needs that involves anything graphical. I also handle a share of social media tasks like creating content and posting the jobs that you see on our social media. And I get to do some video production and a variety of writing on the blogs, the newsletter, through the Career Guide, and creating surveys.

 

What do you enjoy about working here?

 

I love my job. I appreciate that my job is not just one sector of agriculture, but is all-encompassing of the industry. I feel so fortunate to come to work every day and get to do what I love for the industry that I love. I also love creating. And I feel genuine doing so. I grew up on a farm, and my husband and I farm, so coming from this industry and getting to support it through my daily work is and has always been my dream. All my passions fit into one job, which I think is pretty rare to find in a career.


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Published on November 4th, 2016

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Career PlanningWhat is personal agency? This refers to the capacity of people to take initiative and make progress through personal action, essentially taking charge of one’s own career. In the past, more people stayed working for the same organization for years and even decades, leaving their career development up to their employing organization. Evidence shows now that personal agency is essential for career satisfaction and success! And this applies to seeking a new job and building networks in addition to internal processes such as motivation, learning, and decision-making within a current career.

 

As a guideline for career planning, I like to use Krumboltz’s Seven-Stage DECIDES Model of career decision-making:


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Published on October 20th, 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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AG JOB IN THE BIG CITYGuest Blogger: Marty Tatman, Director, Program Development – American Farm Bureau Federation®

 

Lingle, Wyoming is home to 480 people and my graduating class had 27 people. My home state has about 580,000 people and is comprised of 97,800 square miles. I now live in Washington, D.C., home to 67,000+ people all squeezed into just over 68 square miles. Needless to say, the two locations are very different!

 

I grew up on our family farm three miles outside of town where I raised cattle and hogs and worked on our family farm where we grow corn and alfalfa hay. I was active in 4-H and FFA and was fortunate to travel around the U.S. attending conferences, conventions and judging contests. Those travel experiences early in life helped me realize how much there is to see and do in the world and created a desire to take my rural experiences and one day head to “the big city.” After completing my undergraduate degree, I slowly made my way to the East Coast, making stops in Nebraska (graduate school), Florida (for a four-month job that wasn’t a fit), and Indiana (working for the National FFA Organization) before landing in our nation’s capital.


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Published on October 11th, 2016

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DSC_0106Betty Draughton has spent one year as administrative manager with AgCareers.com. She works out of the Clinton, North Carolina headquarters.

 

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

 

I support both the company President, Eric Spell, as well as the leadership team with a variety of administrative functions. This can be anything from managing calendars and schedules, booking appointments, organizing and booking travel arrangements, coordinating meetings and events, to maintaining personnel files and ordering office supplies, just to name a few.

 

What do you enjoy about working with AgCareers.com?

 

I really enjoy that no two days are alike when I come to work each day. It is definitely not a monotonous job and I love that. I also enjoy knowing that I work for a company who truly cares about its employees and work-life balance. That means a lot this day and time!

 

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

 

I would advise job seekers to make sure they use keywords when searching and also search by location. Most people that are seeking employment have a preference as to what region they’d like to work in. Then I tell them to make sure they set up an account (and that it’s free to do so), post their resume and apply right on our website to any job they find and feel suited for.


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Published on August 1st, 2016

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