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Agrimarketing : March 2009
JOBOUTLOOK The Scoop on Recruiting R ecent research conducted by AgCareers.comon employment within the agriculture industry is overall positive, andwhile no industry is immune to current eco- nomic influences,many agriculture industry sectors have a lot offer. With that said,most of us know someone not so lucky or a person at risk of losing their job, either froma peripheral sector of agriculture or an all together different industry.They might be a familymember, spouse, or friend.As unemployment in the U.S. rises, it doesn’t hurt anyone to prepare for a situation of job loss— just in case! This article outlines a fewthings that anyone can do to pre- pare and get a head start in the unfortunate case of a layoff. UPDATERESUMES AND PORTFOLIOS Oncewe find ourselves in a jobwe rarely pull out our resume.Hope- fully at your current place of employment there have been a lot of accomplishments, achievements and skills learned. Using a current posi- Upcoming AgCareers.com EVENTS Creating Internship Programs April 6-7, 2009 St. Louis, MO Updates to the Fair Labor Standards Act April 17, 2009 Webinar WesternNAAgHR Roundtable May 4-6, 2009 Monterey, CA IntegratingHispanic Talent into YourOrganization May 8, 2009 Webinar U.S. AgHR Roundtable August 3-5, 2009 Champaign, IL Visit www.AgCareers.com for details tion’s job descriptionmight help you brainstormthings to list.Also, be sure to use personal contact informa- tion. Thismight require setting up an e-mail accountwith a freeWeb resource such as Gmail orHotmail. Getting your resume readywill allowyou to start applying for new jobs immediately if the need arises. Also, begin tomake a list of people to ask to act as references. ASSESS OPPORTUNITIES Being laid off is difficult and stress- ful, but it also provides a person with opportunity.Reflecting on the potential transition allows you to considerwhat to do “next” and explore options of interest. Review skill sets, geographic locations or industries of interest, compensation needs, desired responsibility, and ideal company culture. Remember if you have a friend in this situation; suggest they consider the agriculture industry.Develop a list of potential companies that can be explored and have the ability of fulfilling your wants and needs. This alsomight help to identify gaps in training or education that are necessary to fulfill requirements in a job of interest. Exploringways to fulfill those requirements during a layoff period can help createways to fill potential gaps in your resume. EXPLORE JOB OPENINGS It doesn’t hurt to start looking at what is available on the jobmarket. Using online sites, such as AgCareers.com, companyWebsites, newspapers, and publications are all good resources for finding and com- paring job opportunities.Anote of warning, if you consider posting your resume to an online database, be sure there are security parameters in place to block certain companies fromviewing your resume, so that your current employerwould not see your resume if they had access to that same database. NETWORKING Networks come in extremely handy when looking for a job. In fact, research shows that almost 80%of job opportunities are never even advertised because they are filled internally or through referrals. Begin tomake a list of potential people for a network list. Friends, family,co- workers, neighbors, social friends, education instructors, churchmem- bers, customers, business contacts— such as a dentist, doctor, or hairstyl- ist, trade associationmembers, and someonewho “might know” some- one are all good candidates. Try to reconnectwith asmany on the list as possible prior to a potential job loss. Thatway if assistance is needed, the initial interactionwon’t be out-of- the-blue and because help is needed. It is OK to express concern about employmentwith a current employer.However,make it clear that you are not looking for a career change, so that awrongmessage doesn’t accidentally get back to your employer. One key point—All of these things need to be done on personal time andwith personal computers/ phones.An easyway to get yourself to the top of a layoff list is to give your employer reasons to put you there! We all hope not to lose our jobs, and the best advice during difficult times is not to dwell on the possibili- ties but rather continue to perform the current job to the best of our abil- ity.Possibly, there are even a few things that can be done tomake yourself an evenmore valuable asset to the organization! Formore information, contact AgCareers.comat agcareers@ agcareers.com.AgCareers.comis the leading online job board and human resource service provider for the agriculture industry. AM March 2009 s AgriMarketing 33