How Ag Recruitment is Like The Walking Dead

By   |   January 13th, 2017   |   0 Comments

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 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 serves as your arsenal against those odds in the following ways:


How Ag Recruitment is like The Walking Dead


You Only Want the Best on Your Team


Imagine Rick and Co. without Daryl. Or without Michonne. Or without Glenn…sorry, too soon. Anyway, the gang on The Walking Dead is made up of very diverse and expert skill levels. Everyone brings something to the group, but the only ones who have made it this far have done so because they are the best. If you’ve caught up to the most recent season, you’ll also notice that there’s a war between Rick’s group and another for the most skilled individuals with the other group poaching particularly talented assets. Similarly, the agricultural landscape is made of very diverse skill levels and talent and organizations are in competition with one another to harness the most talented candidates. This kind of talent doesn’t (always) show up on your doorstep. You have to go after it.


But where are you going to find all that talent in one convenient place? While career fairs, networking events, and employee referrals are excellent outlets, is your best bet in the war for talent. Not only are there thousands of active job seekers visiting the site daily, but the also features a Resume Database for employers to browse and contact job seekers on their own. Also, you’ll want to be sure to check out Elite Talent, new online community for specialized roles and senior-level talent (for fellow Walking Dead fans, The Saviors have nothing on this community).


Resources are Limited


Rick and the Alexandrians are consistently on the brink of starvation, are always on the search for weapons and other daily living essentials, and are constantly scavenging to keep their way of life going. While we’re sure you’re not exactly stocking an underground food stash, do you ever feel like you don’t have a lot of resources when it comes to ag recruitment? It stinks to say, but there just aren’t a lot of agriculturally-tailored resources for human resources professionals and recruiters out there. That’s why has designed and created events, products, and learning materials for our recruiting and HR audience. Here are just a few of the resources that we offer that we highly recommend taking a closer look at:


  • The Ag & Food HR Roundtable – The only event of its kind: join with other agricultural recruiters and HR professionals as well as university and career services professionals to discuss ag recruitment and enjoy discussion around a host of relevant topics.
  • Market Research – Enjoy top-notch market research (including our Agribusiness HR Reviews) to get the inside scoop on industry trends and what job seekers are looking for.
  • Talent Harvest Blog – Looks like you already came across one of our many great resources! Subscribe to Talent Harvest for consistent learning around what you do every day.


The Competition is Fierce


Competition for resources and talent, like on The Walking Dead, is very fierce for those in the agricultural industry. Hold off on grabbing your crossbow or katana; we’ve got you covered with some great resources to attract said talent. Just take a look at the Compensation Benchmark Review,’s online salary survey. Your company can subscribe to this survey to see what other companies are paying their employees in the same roles you offer to remain competitive. We also offer the Internship Benchmark Survey which serves as a “before and after” for interns each summer to evaluate their experiences and help your company to continually improve your internship offerings. Furthermore, put yourself right in front of agricultural candidates without ever stepping foot on campus by advertising in the Ag & Food Career Guide.


The stakes are high, so to beat the odds and achieve success in the ag recruitment realm, let’s put it this way: if you were in the Walking Dead universe, you’d want on your team. Visit us today to sink your teeth into our resources and products.

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