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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recruiting challenges in western canadaThere have been a lot of changes in Western Canada over the last 3 years which have impacted recruitment and retention in the agriculture industry! It was not that long ago that there was a labour shortage in the western provinces, due in part to a thriving economy. There were more high-paying jobs than people and people were flocking to Alberta in droves from other provinces.

 
Fast forward a few years and oh how things have changed! Lower oil prices have halted/slowed oilsands production, putting many out of work, and driving unemployment. Many agriculture employers were initially optimistic that they would have more candidates, which initially did appear to be the case.

 
However, many employers have been hesitant to hire those from other industries, worried that as soon as the price of oil and gas rises, they will lose those employees and be back to square one. The reality is that there are now more jobseekers in western provinces, but are they the potential employees that agribusinesses want to hire?

 
This is one of the big challenges, and here are some tips and things to consider when trying to hire in western Canada:


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Published on June 6th, 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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Bill stumph search for improvement purdue university ms-mbaGuest Blog Post by Bill Stumph, Chief Financial Officer for Ag Alumni Seed and a 2016 graduate of the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management from Purdue University

 

Successful employees are searching for improvement. They are putting in extra effort and time to make a difference for the company and for themselves. Those employees can make an even better impact on your company if they are given great tools to work with.

 

Providing the employees hungry for growth with the tools they need to be more effective means that they make your business more effective. I should know. I recently completed a program offered by Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business called the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management. The program is a collaboration between Purdue University’s College of Agriculture and Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. The rigor of a master’s in agricultural economics is paired with the diversity of study in the MBA.

 

Enrolling in the program was one of the best decisions I have made, personally and professionally.


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Published on April 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 employers using AgCareers.com for the first time?
 
Make sure you’ve clearly defined the role you are looking to fill. AgCareers.com has some great resources that can help you get started. Among some of the I would challenge employers to utilize are the Compensation Benchmark Review, Career Profiles, and the Agribusiness HR Review.


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Published on February 3rd, 2017

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walking dead ag recruitmentDoes ag recruitment ever feel like the zombie apocalypse? Strange question, right? Even for those familiar with the show The Walking Dead, you might be scratching your head and thinking, what does my career have to do with zombies?

 

As a huge Walking Dead fan and with it being Friday the 13th, I made a correlation between the popular television series and some of the problems AgCareers.com clients regularly face in agriculture. While the world isn’t currently crawling with the undead, it’s a challenging landscape out there, and in order to beat the odds, you need to be well-armed. We’d like to think that AgCareers.com serves as your arsenal against those odds in the following ways:


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Published on January 13th, 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 employers utilizing AgCareers.com for the first time?

 

I would advise them to use our website to find the right candidates they are looking for in the agriculture industry. Our signup process is pretty easy, and if you have any questions, our sales team is more than happy to help them to give them an overview of our products and services.


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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 employers using AgCareers.com for the first time?
 
Refer to our market research. Use it in your business decision-making meetings. Use it when you talk to people about careers. This information we offer can be your secret data weapon when it comes to recruiting and retaining employees. You just have to take advantage of our resources.

 


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Published on December 2nd, 2016

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hiring a veteranIn honor of Veterans’ Day, and Remembrance Day, AgCareers.com is pleased to share the results of the “Veterans & Military Professionals in the Agricultural Workplace” survey conducted this past summer. AgCareers.com has been a longtime advocate for the employment of military veterans in agriculture, taking on the Ag Warriors program from the International Agri-Center in 2012 and partnering with more than 20 employers who have made a commitment to actively hire military veterans.

 

Veterans are very receptive to working in agriculture. Our survey found that 57% of military respondents said that veterans are widely accepted and welcomed into the agricultural industry. The top five agricultural industry sectors preferred most by veterans are:

 

1. Crop Production

2. Animal Production

3. Plant and Soil Sciences, Seed, and Biotechnology

4. Education and Extension

5. Animal Health / Equipment, Manufacturing and Technical (tied for a fifth place ranking)

 

Additionally, 47% of veterans felt that agriculture was a more viable career path for military professionals returning to the workplace as opposed to other industries. The top two reasons cited for this were outdoor/field work and work that correlates with the military experience.


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Published on November 11th, 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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