Dana Vinson has worked with AgCareers.com since August 2015 as the Central United States Account Manager. 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?
I handle all companies in the Central United States that want to post jobs on our site as well as our partner clients. I tell people that it is sales but it is also customer service. I feel like I have a more personal relationship with my clients than any other sales job that I’ve had.
What do you enjoy about working with AgCareers.com?
I love that it gets me back to my roots. Being raised in a farming family and having the ag background growing up, straight out of college I did a little in ag, but from age 22 until just last year, I didn’t have much to do with ag. So getting back to my ag roots is great. I love the ag community. I have gone to the Iowa State University career fair and ran into people who know my hometown or my family in North Carolina, so it’s a nice small world.
What advice would you give to employers using AgCareers.com for the first time?
The resume database is a huge tool, and I hate to say it but so many people do not use that tool. It’s really valuable. Also use it to search outside of the mainstream titles and descriptions.
What is one of your favorite memories while working with AgCareers.com?
I loved going to the Iowa State University Career Fair. That was my first experience at a career fair besides being in college. I loved seeing how eager the students were to learn more about companies but also to see how the companies are looking at these students and soon-to-be graduates. Again, one of my favorite things about this was that I saw someone who knew where my hometown was—a town of 90 people. To see how small of a world agriculture is but how many people they reach was a good learning experience.
In your spare time, what do you like to do on the weekends?
My children keep me busy. Our Saturdays are filled with basketball, but I am a huge Carolina Panthers fan so I was glued to the Super Bowl this weekend.
What’s your favorite snack and name one thing you can’t live without while working?
I’m not much of a snacker. I’m a meal person, but because I’m trying to eat healthier, my favorite snack is called Balance Breaks: fruits, nuts and cheese. I can’t live without my water bottle. I drink a lot of water.
Favorite book & favorite movie?
My favorite book is The Outsiders. I love it, and my friend who teaches middle school teaches it every year, so it’s fun to talk to her about it. My favorite movie is Steel Magnolias.