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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social media recruitmentWe stress the importance of social media in the job search to job seekers all of the time. However, it is just as important a discussion for employers and their use as a tool for recruitment. Yep, that’s right — investing some time on social media can ease the recruitment struggle!

 

According to the recently released AgCareers.com Agribusiness HR Review, social media recruitment continues to increase. Seventy-two percent of participating organizations utilized social media in 2016. Facebook was the most favored platform among participants.

 

So how do you get started?


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Published on January 31st, 2017

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handling counteroffersWhen it comes to counteroffers from a candidate you have extended an offer to, my advice to employers is to proceed with caution. It is best to plan ahead for the possibility of your offer being countered so that you can respond rather quickly without stalling the process. Time lost at this stage of the game can definitely hurt the impression the potential new hire has of your company.

 

Candidates arrive at counteroffers a few different ways:


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Published on January 19th, 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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flexible workplace Originally Published on Farm Futures

 

The flexibility an organization and position provides is often directly related to a positive workplace atmosphere and employee satisfaction. My professional career has included work for several different organizations, while I also had experiences with internships and high school/college jobs. I’ve experienced stark contrasts, from a strictly scheduled business to a very flexible workplace.

 

At one job the door locked at 8 am, so you’d better get there early, and a buzzer signaled the beginning and end of each break time (no this wasn’t a factory, it was an office). One where you were required to use all your PTO for maternity leave, with no way to accrue more until the next year. Or another where you had to use vacation time when there was a death in the family as they hadn’t developed a bereavement policy.

 

On the other end of the spectrum, one employer encouraging you to volunteer with community organizations during work time. Another where you could come in ahead of the start time in order to leave early to attend a personal event. One offering the flexibility to work in a professional capacity part-time to balance the needs of a young, growing family. Without hesitation, I can tell you I’ve been the happiest when and where I had the most flexible workplace. You may wonder if this is just a personal story, but there is research to back up the power of workplace flexibility.


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Published on January 10th, 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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hiring a headhunterOnce you have determined that you need the help of a headhunter to fill a critical role, you may find yourself deliberating how to find the right one. You obviously want the recruiter you select to have an upper hand over your competition in finding the right candidate for your role. So you may wonder what important qualities should a recruiter possess, what reputation they should have, or what questions to ask them.

 

Trusted peers within your industry can recommend headhunters they have worked with, and you can easily find a list of them by conducting an internet search. Most headhunters have websites that tell about their process for finding and screening talent, but each is unique in some way and their techniques and philosophies on discovering and assessing candidates is most important. Have a conversation with them – by phone, but preferably in person – to learn the following:


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Published on December 20th, 2016

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holiday giving in the workplaceFruit cake, gift card, bonus, product, or something else…agh! What do I give? Holiday giving in the workplace can be as tough as figuring out what to get your Great Aunt June! If you are thinking about giving holiday gifts to your staff this season consider these few things.

 

Consistency

Before you put the effort in to finding the perfect gift, double check your company handbook (or ask your superior if necessary) to make sure holiday gift giving is allowed. Then develop a consistent approach for selecting who and how much you’ll invest. Remember gifts can come in many forms, not just money. I’ll share a few ideas below!

 

Consistency doesn’t mean you have to give equally across all employees, but you do need logical reasoning to justify your decisions. For example, if you are providing a Christmas bonus, perhaps you base the value on % of salary or weighted based on revenue generated.

 

Being consistent across employees is obviously the easiest, but doesn’t always make sense. And, it could depend on what you are gifting. Just remember, you don’t want holiday gift giving to become a demotivator for the team because there is unexplainable inconsistency amongst what various team members receive.


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Published on December 15th, 2016

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Managing Remote EmployeesManaging remote employees is much more prevalent these days. In fact, regular work-at-home, among the non-self-employed population, has grown by 103% since 2005 (GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com). You can find a lot of data, webinars, and articles circulating around the pros and cons of being a telecommuter and the impact for companies that provide telecommuting options. Achieving the right balance of engagement is a tall order, and there are personalities that are a solid fit for being home-based, while others are not. I personally feel that managing remote employees is one of the hardest parts of my job, and I am continually trying to find ways to enhance the level of connectedness. Here are just a few tips that may help if you are headed on the journey of managing remote employees.

 

1. Utilize Technology.

Skype video is a great tool to help give communications with your telecommuter a more personal feel. It gives you a chance to still get “face to face” as you interact with them. I like to connect in this manner once a week at a minimum. Instant messenger can help telecommuters feel more connected to their teammates as well. It is the equivalent of stopping by someone’s office to ask a question.


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Published on December 6th, 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 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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