You have a vacant position or know that you will need a particular position to help your farm succeed. You may have a candidate or a few you want to meet and discuss the position and potential fit, so you’re ready to start setting up interviews. Learning how to conduct an interview effectively can be challenging, but hiring the best candidate is one of the best investments your farm can make. It’s a good idea to set aside some time before and after interviews. That way, you can comfortably welcome candidates and avoid rushing through the interview and miss some critical steps. Here are a few
Caleb Cousens
You desperately need to find the right person for your team, but you do not have the slightest idea of how to write a job ad that will attract that right person. Writing job ads can be intimidating and time consuming, especially if it’s your first one. Don’t worry! We are trying to make it as easy as possible. The most important thing for your job ad is the ‘hook’ - what is your ideal candidate going to need. The template and tips below will help you polish that. Be sure to have great images, good spelling and grammar and share your energy. What makes you the best place to work, what is your
Caleb Cousens
It won’t take you long while talking to an agricultural advocate, a farmer or just checking in on the agricultural discussions on Twitter to hear the phrase “agriculture feeds the world.” It is one of those catchy marketing slogans that has become overused and clichéd even though it remains as true today as it was when it first was coined. The fact is that there is nothing that gets put on our table that isn’t grown, tended, harvested and processed by farmers and agricultural entities all over the world. From salmon farms in our oceans, to seas of grains inland to herds of livestock we as
Shanyn Silinski
Traditionally, generations work together on many farming operations. The wisdom and experience of past generations can be invaluable. In the past, farming was smaller in scale and less technologically complex, and the pace seemed a bit slower than it is today.. But there always comes a hard time when the producer and their management team must decide when roles change for those who are close to retirement on the farm, and start to slow down. This area of farm safety is one that is wrought with strong emotions. The traditions and family ties through generations of farming are strong. It is also
Caleb Cousens
Spring is coming. That means things are about to ramp up on your farm with planting season right around the corner. It means you have hundreds of things on the go. It means you are looking for good help no matter where you can find it. Creating job ads, sharing them to job boards and sifting through a bunch of unqualified applicants is not a great use of your time. You probably don’t have a ton of recruiting experience and you have other things that need your attention. We should know, our two founders are crop farmers that have experienced the excitement (and stress), and full to-do lists
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The job market is so competitive across nearly every industry. Everyone has a degree at minimum and so the challenge of standing out in a sea of people has never been bigger. If you are a student it can be even more challenging, you will likely graduate from your degree with similar co-op experience and summer jobs to all of your classmates. How are prospective employers supposed to choose you out of the crowd of lookalikes? A few years ago, students at Stanford University were chasing after Alaskan king crab fishing jobs for their summer experience. Why? Because the new the experience would