Office Christmas PartiesAhhhh ’tis the season for office Christmas parties…necessary in a way but oh so difficult to pull off appropriately while still having fun and showing appreciation. Office Christmas parties are meant to give your guests (and perhaps their significant others) a nice evening out to show your appreciation for all their hard work this year. And let’s be honest: it’s kind of tacky if you don’t do something to show extra appreciation to your employees. Here’s how to throw a nice office Christmas party for your employees without getting out of hand or being boring.

 

What To Do: This is the trickiest task: doing something fun but simple. First, try taking the party offsite. It will be more fun for your employees to get out of the atmosphere of the office and experience something more interesting. A dinner is a simple, go-to choice for office Christmas parties, but shake up the mold by going for a theatrical performance or a sports event afterward. To make the event more formal, consider a progression dinner at various fine dining establishments throughout your city. Start somewhere for hors d’oeuvres and light drinks followed by a different main dining location and concluding with a dessert location. If you’re interested in holding the event to just one location, choose a restaurant or banquet setting (such as a hotel) with plenty of room to socialize and say a few words of thanks.


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Published on December 7th, 2017

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agricultural careersAs a high school freshman attending my first FFA meeting, I remember glancing toward a classmate I knew lived in town and likely knew nothing about agriculture. I thought, I wonder what she’s doing here. Is she chasing a farm boy? She was a successful and popular student that excelled in all sports; what interest did she have in agriculture? To my surprise, that classmate of mine ended up teaming up with me on soil judging and multiple speaking contests as well as studying both plant science and agribusiness in agricultural education courses alongside me. While she became quite active in the FFA chapter and agricultural classes in high school, her future endeavors eventually led her away from any prospect of an agricultural career.

 

As I sat down to write this blog meant to discuss AgCareers.com’s new Careers in Agriculture E-Book, I couldn’t help but think about my initial judgment of her, thinking she couldn’t possibly have any interest in agriculture or agricultural careers. It’s how I looked at most of my classmates and peers in high school as well as college that weren’t from a farming background, especially at the small liberal arts college I went on to attend (perhaps someone could have labelled me similarly to how I labeled my classmate, after all). But what was stopping me from discussing with them the opportunity of pursuing agricultural careers?


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Published on November 29th, 2017

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job posting wording that will scare youOh the horror! Of the cliché job posting wording! Seriously, how many job postings have you read that DIDN’T begin with “We’re looking for a self-starter to join our team!”? Working for an outstanding site that offers a job board among our many talent solutions services, I tend to feel like just about every one begins that way. It always strikes me when a job posting uses ridiculous language and overused buzzwords to try to attract applicants when really, it’s doing the exact opposite. So grab a thesaurus or read on for new and improved ways to update your job posting wording:

 

Self-Starter: Let’s get this one out of the way first. I literally feel like I see this buzzword on every other posting I view and it’s getting to be annoying. Pretty sure everyone wants a self-starter, otherwise it would imply that they need a babysitter. And like multitasking, which we’ll get to in a minute, everyone is going to say, “Hey, I’m a self-starter. I should apply to this job!” This is because it’s not a skill or a trait, it’s just a fluffy word that doesn’t have much meaning. Flip the switch here: if you see “self-starter” on a resume, does it really get you fired up about a candidate?

 

Job Posting Wording to Use Instead: Independent, Outgoing, Gear-Shifter, Reliable, Motivated


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Published on October 31st, 2017

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Kristi Sproul Education & Marketing Specialist AgCareers.comKristi Sproul, AgCareers.com’s Education and Marketing Specialist, recently joined AgCareers.com this summer. She works from a home office in Western Oklahoma.
 
What do you do on a day-to-day basis in your role with AgCareers.com?
 
I really get to do a wide variety of projects which is exciting and keeps my days interesting. Within a day I may work with University Partners in promoting their online master’s programs, write content for blogs or newsletters, help promote AgCareers.com resources to targeted audiences or assist in building the framework for market research projects.

 

What do you enjoy about working with AgCareers.com?
 
My coworkers’ level of talent really makes the job enjoyable. I am fortunate to work with a team that is goal-oriented, solution-focused, and eager to deliver valuable resources to job seekers and employers.


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Published on October 13th, 2017

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military talentIt’s no secret that the relationship between agricultural employers and military professionals and veterans could improve. AgCareers.com is continually working toward that with our Ag Warriors program and committed Ag Warrior employers. We also look forward to holding our first Military Virtual Career Fair on November 9 and invite all employers to attend to converse with and recruit military veterans and professionals. In the meantime, a look at AgCareers.com’s 2016 survey “Veterans and Military Professionals in the Agricultural Workforce” reveals interesting findings that agricultural employers may take into consideration to attract military talent.

 

Attracting Military Talent in Agriculture

 

  1. 1.Understand a veteran’s capabilities. 70% of veterans surveyed wished agricultural employers better understood a veteran’s capabilities when hiring and working with them. Military professionals and veterans come ready to work with characteristics including leadership, accountability, and discipline (top three responses according to veterans). Digging deep into a veteran’s past experiences can be the key to a great hire and a successful relationship with future military candidates.
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Published on October 3rd, 2017

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Meet Chris McLoughlinChris McLoughlin recently joined AgCareers.com as an Inside Sales Representative for Western Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. He works from the Guelph, Ontario office.

 

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

 

I reach out to current and perspective customers by both phone and email to make sure that they understand the benefits and value they get when posting jobs with us and I drink a lot of coffee.

 

What do you enjoy about working with AgCareers.com?

 

The people I work with are amazing and make coming into work each day a breeze. Being a small part of helping people reach their potential in their chosen careers is a great feeling.

 

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

 

Make sure that your ad has enough information about what your company does, what the role entails and what you are offering your potential employee. The more information you can give a job seeker about what the job involves and what is expected the more informed applicants you will get.

 


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Published on September 19th, 2017

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jennifer klein inside sales associateJennifer Klein began working with AgCareers.com in the spring of 2017 as an Inside Sales Associate. She works from the AgCareers.com Guelph, Ontario office.

 

What do you do on a day-to-day basis in your role with AgCareers.com?
 
I contact clients’ renewals and leads, assisting clients with purchasing and posting jobs, reviewing job post activity and new job posts for approval.
 

What do you enjoy about working with AgCareers.com?
 
Everything. It is such a wonderful environment with the best team a person could ask for to spend the working day with.

 

What advice would you give to employers using AgCareers.com for the first time?
 
Be open. Give reasons to job seekers as to why they would want to work for you.


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Published on August 22nd, 2017

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university professionals at the roundtableAmy Gazaway, Career Development Coordinator for Oklahoma State University – College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, has been to so many AgCareers.com Roundtable events that she says she’s lost count. Which is why she wants to let university professionals know what they also stand to gain and how they can develop their careers at the annual Ag & Food HR Roundtable presented by AgCareers.com.

 

Why have you continued to attend the Roundtable? What is valuable about it for university professionals, specifically?

 

The AgCareers.com HR Roundtable provides the best opportunity for university professionals to develop relationships with and learn from industry representatives about how to best prepare students for and connect students to industry talent needs. There is no other opportunity that brings together the number of industry organizations specifically in agriculture and food for this purpose.


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Published on July 13th, 2017

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meet aliciaAlicia Reid recently joined the AgCareers.com team as the Inside Sales Representative for the United States. She works from an office in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.

 

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

 

I mostly handle outgoing phone calls in an effort to connect with clients and new clients.

 

What do you enjoy about working with AgCareers.com?

 

I’m learning something new every single day. No two days here are ever the same. And I can appreciate that because you might think that talking on the phone every day would be the same thing every day, but I learn about agriculture, about the companies, and I can use that for my next phone call. I’m learning all the time.


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Published on July 11th, 2017

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danielle tucker agcareers.com internDanielle Tucker joins AgCareers.com this summer as our Marketing Intern in Ames, Iowa. She is currently a student at Iowa State University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a Master’s of Business Administration.

 

What will you be working on this summer with AgCareers.com?

 

I will be working on a few large projects including creating an Ag Major Profile section for the website and putting together reports for companies about what their interns experienced. Also, I will be doing some benchmarking analysis on AgCareers.com to see how well we are serving customer needs. I will be writing articles and blogs about multiple areas in the workplace. I look forward to helping with the Ag & Food HR Roundtable as well and experiencing it for the first time!

 

What are you most excited for about this internship?

 

I’m excited to gain experience in marketing! I recently headed a new direction in school by pursuing a MBA along with my Animal Science major so this internship will allow me to explore areas within the business industry while still being involved in agriculture.


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Published on May 31st, 2017

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