career inactionWhat exactly is “career inaction” and why should anyone be worried about it? Career Inaction is a term coined by Belgian careers researcher Marijke Verbruggen in 2013 to describe situations where people decide to not do something or failing to act on one’s decisions. Importantly, both meanings of inaction refer to situations where people make a decision which is followed by the absence of action or change.


Inaction seems to be more prevalent in the working world than action when it comes to careers. For example, there are many people who complain about their jobs on a daily basis without ever looking for employment elsewhere. Careers result from many constructs including social structure, family influence, socio-economic status and of course, deliberate action taken by the person concerned.


Research has shown that career inaction spurs further inaction and causes “inaction inertia.” People who have bypassed an initial career opportunity are less likely to act on further opportunities even if they appear more attractive. This may explain why people get stuck in careers they dislike or why they end up in long-term unemployment even after being presented with multiple job offers.

Published on July 28th, 2016

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how important are internshipsGuest Blogger: Vera Marie Reed


When it comes to preparing for an agriculture career, an internship will definitely help you.


Even the most qualified candidates will face a lot of competition for good jobs, so having an internship under your belt could be the differentiator that kicks off a long and fruitful career.


The U.S. edition of’s 2015 Agribusiness Job Report shows that the total number of job postings in the U.S. and Canada was up 26%, to 81,000+, compared to the year prior. received almost 6,800 job postings each month throughout the U.S. and Canada last year. While there are plenty of jobs, there are lots of suitable applicants vying for them.


Consider these statistics from the aforementioned study, for example:


  • 64% of applicants had an education level of a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • 51% of applicants either were currently or were most recently in an agriculture-related job
  • 54% of applicants had agriculture-based post-secondary education
  • 44% of applicants had more than five years of experience


With all of those highly trained people either already in or on the verge of entering the agriculture industry, you can improve your odds of landing a job by doing an internship.


Read on for information that’ll help you answer the question: How important are internships?

Published on July 26th, 2016

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1Listen up, military veterans: agricultural employers WANT YOU! In a preliminary snapshot of the “Veterans and Military Professionals in the Agricultural Workplace” survey by, 85% of agricultural employers agreed that military professionals and veterans have experiences and transferable skills that make them a good fit for the agricultural industry. If you are unfamiliar with the agricultural industry or simply aren’t sure which career your military skills would best align with, here are 7 high-demand ag jobs for veterans of the military.


7 High-Demand Ag Jobs for Veterans of the Military


1. Logistics: Military veterans and professionals are calculating, quick on their toes, and organized. This is the perfect combination for a career in logistics and supply chain management. Logistics professionals hold the responsibility of oversight of factory or customer deliveries, freight quotations, onsite pickup, and overflow and direct-to-port. They also implement the supply chain goals of a company. Learn the educational requirements and employers of logistics professionals.

Published on July 22nd, 2016

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two weeks' notice quitting my jobUnlike the photo accompanying this post suggests, quitting your job can create a lot of anxiety. Basically, it’s firing your employer. And like ending any relationship, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. Here are six tips for two weeks’ notice done right:


1. Notify your boss first and in person. No matter how much you trust your co-workers to keep a secret, this kind of news spreads quickly through the grapevine. Once you’ve decided to quit, inform your supervisor first and your colleagues second. Have a conversation with your boss in person, unless circumstances make that impossible. At a minimum, have a phone conversation with them. E-mailing or texting the news to your boss is not considered a respectable way to quit your job.


2. Write a resignation letter. After the conversation, give your boss a formal resignation letter. Keep it brief – tell them you are leaving their employment, when your last day of work will be, and thank them for the opportunity. Your contract or employee handbook may specify how much notice you need to give, but if not, two weeks is considered the standard. Do not feel obligated to explain your reason for leaving or what your next career move will be.

Published on July 19th, 2016

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