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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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 employers using AgCareers.com for the first time?

 

Add maximum posting exposure to your job posting. The competition on our site is fierce, with over 6,000 jobs listed directly by employers on any given day. The positioning and exposure elements of adding the maximum posting exposure can cause your posting to receive an average of 4x as many views, placing your posting in front of the right candidates for a great first experience of our community of experienced industry professionals.


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Published on October 14th, 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 employers using AgCareers.com for the first time?

 

I would advise employers to utilize our resume database to find the perfect talent and fit for any job openings they have. I usually also end up letting them speak with the appropriate Sales Rep to give them all the information they would need to know about utilizing our website and what we have to offer with our different job posting packs, CBR, Employer Guide, etc.


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Published on August 1st, 2016

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IMG_3843Eric Spell serves as president and co-founder of AgCareers.com. He has been with the organization since its beginnings in 1997. He works out of the Clinton, North Carolina office.
 
What do you do on a day-to-day basis in your role with AgCareers.com?
 
Much of my day consists of supporting my teammates – client requests, marketing-related activities, new product/service development, and monitoring key performance indicators for our business. I also spend time each week planning my travel schedule for upcoming industry events.
 
What do you enjoy about working with AgCareers.com?
 
I enjoy helping people around me develop and grow professionally. It’s very important to me that people around me enjoy what they do, feel like they are accomplishing their goals, and proud to be a part of our team! I also get great satisfaction knowing that we are helping connect people with careers every single day.
 
What advice would you give to employers using AgCareers.com for the first time?
 
We’re glad you chose to use us! While we are an industry niche employment website, please note that 40% of our talent audience has degrees/experience outside of agriculture, so please note that finance, accounting, IT, marketing, and HR roles do really well on our site. Also, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn – you’ll be impressed!


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Published on August 1st, 2016

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Lauren ShotwellLauren Shotwell, AgCareers.com’s HR Services Account Manager, started as an intern for the company in the summer of 2010 and it developed into a full-time career. Now in her fourth year with the company, the North Carolina native works from a home office in Richmond, Virginia and has an exciting history to share.

 

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

 

I help with finding new business and interacting with inbound requests in regards to our salary survey. I reach out to potential clients who might be posting on the job board site and try to cultivate that new business. I also help with special projects on the HR side. Currently, I’m helping with our HR Review survey. My job involves a lot of email follow-up, doing demos of the database, and answering any questions clients might have.

 

What do you enjoy most about working with AgCareers.com?

 

I really like our company culture and the family atmosphere that we have. I feel like we’re all one big family and it makes working here a lot more enjoyable when you like who you work with. Everyone is willing to help each other. I worked in the government realm before this and it wasn’t like it is here. We all have each other’s back.

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

 

Be prepared to think and recruit outside of the box. Look at the other service options we have instead of the traditional one job posting. Talk to your account manager and learn how to leverage the AgCareers.com suite of products to make your posting stand out to our community.


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Published on July 5th, 2016

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