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2014
USA CANADA
Pursuing Professional Development

How do you find professional development in the workplace? Continually acquiring skills and knowledge is the key to becoming successful in your career path. Find out ways to pursue professional development after graduation.
It's Not So Bad to Start at the Bottom

Starting at the bottom and working your way up can be beneficial for young professionals looking for career growth. Learn more about working your way up, training programs and more on www.AgCareers.com.
Raising the Bar on References

The importance of references during the job search process is often underestimated. In many cases, an employer with two or more candidates may base their final decision on the reference’s responses. Find out who to ask and how, along with other tips.
Resume Tips from Employers

AgCareers.com asked ag industry HR professionals what advice they had for applicants completing their resumes and what impresses them, and what to avoid. Take note of these tips next time you apply for a position.
Make Them Remember You

Standing out from other applicants requires some tact and creativity, maybe even a little money. It requires going the extra mile to prove you are more capable to accomplish tasks at hand and add value to the organization. Find out tips to achieve the position you want.
8 Reasons Ag Careers are Needed More than Ever

Agriculture is a multi-billion dollar industry that directly affects everyone in the world each day, but employers still struggle to find qualified candidates. Learn 8 reasons that agriculture is needed now more than ever and reasons to choose an agricultural career.
It's Not So Bad to Start at the Bottom

Starting at the bottom and working your way up can be beneficial for young professionals looking for career growth. Learn more about working your way up, training programs and more on www.AgCareers.com.
Raising the Bar on References

The importance of references during the job search process is often underestimated. In many cases, an employer with two or more candidates may base their final decision on the reference’s responses. Find out who to ask and how, along with other tips.
Resume Tips from Employers

AgCareers.com asked ag industry HR professionals what advice they had for applicants completing their resumes and what impresses them, and what to avoid. Take note of these tips next time you apply for a position.
Make Them Remember You

Standing out from other applicants requires some tact and creativity, maybe even a little money. It requires going the extra mile to prove you are more capable to accomplish tasks at hand and add value to the organization. Find out tips to achieve the position you want.
Interview Nightmares

Stranger than fiction? We asked our followers on social media to submit their interview horror stories. Here are a few that made us cringe. Take note and don’t make the same mistakes!
2013
USA CANADA
Start Your New Job on the Right Foot

You’ve landed a job and set your start date; what do you need to know to make sure you start on the right foot? AgCareers.com asked for feedback from employers and discussed this topic with human resource professionals in the agricultural industry. This article will help you to understand some of employers’ pet peeves so you can avoid them and put your best foot forward.
Carpe Diem: An Industry Trade Show

An industry trade show can be a gold mine of job opportunities for a college or university student, however the approach you use to mine those opportunities is different than a traditional career fair. This article shares helpful tips to keep in mind if you have an upcoming industry event in your future.
Interview Prep: Do Your Homework

Getting ready for an interview doesn't mean just throwing on your best clothes and grabbing a copy of your resume as you head out the door. You should prepare for an interview the same way you prepare for an exam or presentation — study and practice. We provide a comprehensive road map to prepare for your upcoming interview.
Ag: Something for Everyone

We share the story of Dylan VanBoxtel, who is using his passions for agriculture and video production to find unique opportunities in the agricultural industry.
How to Decline a Job Offer

No matter what the reason may be, at some point you may have to decline a job offer or remove yourself as a candidate for a position. After going through the application and interview process, you have devoted a lot of time towards the recruiting process for each position and so has the company. This article will give advice on declining a job offer gracefully.
Five Tips for Making the Most of an Internship

Landing an internship and showing up to work isn’t enough to get the most from an internship! What you do during the internship and following your internship can make it even more meaningful than just gaining work experience. You'll find five tips to make the most of an internship in this article.
FIGURING OUT “WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?

We have all heard the infamous question “So what are you going to do when you graduate?” Now how many of you actually know or knew before graduation what you really were going to do? If you were anything like me it took the week before you graduated to finally secure a job. My biggest frustration was deciding which sectors in agriculture to focus on. We've developed a few tips on answering that infamous question.
Building a Social Resume

Online activities can be a great way to share your love for the industry with millions and are also a fantastic way to promote yourself for career opportunities by developing a social resume. The social resume is merely an additional form of your traditional resume and is a not-too-distant cousin to the online resume. This article helps you discover ways to start building your social resume.
Interview Prep: Do Your Homework

Getting ready for an interview doesn't mean just throwing on your best clothes and grabbing a copy of your resume as you head out the door. You should prepare for an interview the same way you prepare for an exam or presentation — study and practice. We provide a comprehensive road map to prepare for your upcoming interview.
Canada's Industry Spotlight

Discover the path one young professional took to find a successful communications career in the Canadian agriculture industry.
Smooth Sailing Through Your First Job

Pet peeves. We all have them, even employers. Imagine you’ve just graduated from post secondary education and have been hired to work at a great company. Now before you get too excited, there are some things you have to remember NOT to do and to do to ensure that you keep your employer happy with their decision to hire you.
FIGURING OUT “WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?

We have all heard the infamous question “So what are you going to do when you graduate?” Now how many of you actually know or knew before graduation what you really were going to do? If you were anything like me it took the week before you graduated to finally secure a job. My biggest frustration was deciding which sectors in agriculture to focus on. We've developed a few tips on answering that infamous question.
Building a Social Resume

Online activities can be a great way to share your love for the industry with millions and are also a fantastic way to promote yourself for career opportunities by developing a social resume. The social resume is merely an additional form of your traditional resume and is a not-too-distant cousin to the online resume. This article helps you discover ways to start building your social resume.
2012
USA CANADA
Finding The Next Giant Cheese

Going to college is expensive. For this reason there are an abundance of resources to help you fund your education. Although it seems it is easier in freshman year than in later years to get funding, we help to show you ways to obtain new sources of funding for your education.
Get Outside Your Comfort Zone

Learn firsthand from Cedric Jones, a successful young adult in the agriculture industry. Learn what it was like for him to follow his passion for agriculture and what he recommends is very important to do when you are looking for that crucial first job or internship.
Writing An Impactful Cover Letter

Cover letters are among the most popular and valuable documents you can attach to a job application. They offer you a medium through which you can make your qualifications stand out from the rest. Read more to learn how to make your cover letter shine.
Step Outside The Box To Set Yourself Apart

Clubs and specialized extracurricular courses offer a way for you to distinguish yourself from the rest of the pack. Read more to find out what graduates and employers say about the importance of taking part in these activities.
Let's Talk Salary

Money is one of the touchiest subjects when looking for a job. Read the dos and don’ts regarding financial compensation. This article will help guide you from interview to annual reviews once you get the job.
Making A Great First Impression

These are 10 simple solutions that will help you make a great first impression when going in for an interview with a potential new employer.
Developing a Great Online Resume

Although it is still customary to email or to send a physical resume in person, having an online resume will give you a longer lasting presence in the job market. Read more on how to best go about posting and adding content to an online resume.
Acing an Interview and Answering Tricky Questions

Interviews, just like a sporting event, should be something you are prepared and train for. In this article we highlight things you can do to ready yourself mentally and physically for the day, as well as what questions you need to watch out for.
Writing An Impactful Cover Letter

Cover letters are among the most popular and valuable documents you can attach to a job application. They offer you a medium through which you can make your qualifications stand out from the rest. Read more to learn how to make your cover letter shine.
Setting Yourself Apart

Top graduates are in high demand but how do you make yourself standout to an employer? Human resource professionals agree that getting involved is a key to career success.
Lure Of The West

In Canada there is a seismic shift occurring demographically. The population in the West of the country has now surpassed that of the East. This article looks at what other factors are involved besides just the oil boom.
Let's Talk Salary

Money is one of the touchiest subjects when looking for a job. Read the dos and don’ts regarding financial compensation. This article will help guide you from interview to annual reviews once you get the job.
Acing Tricky Interview Questions

Some interview questions are tricky and if answered incorrectly can throw your job prospects into a tailspin. Read more about how to answer some of the more common questions that are usually some the toughest.
2011
USA CANADA
Success In The Ag Industry - Evan Harris

Evan Harris shares his story of success in the agriculture industry. This story is even more intriguing because he unlike many in the industry didn’t grow up with an Ag background.
Students Step Out!

It is clear that an international education and work or study experience abroad is a great asset to have. However, adapting to new and unfamiliar surroundings can be very difficult. Read some tips that are tried and true to get the most out of an exchange experience with minimal stress.
Social Media: A Double-Edged Sword

The pitfalls of social media and its ability to harm your job seeking prospects are well known. However, here are some insider tips to further guard your social media and use it to your advantage when looking for work.
Making The Most Of A Career Fair

Review the basic and not so basic aspects of how to approach a career fair. These often offer a great opportunity for students and recent grads to get their foot in the door. Learn how you can make the most of it.
Resumes: From Good To Great

Properly crafting a resume, from its content to its appearance are essential steps to getting a potential employer to read it and consider it among the masses. This article is full of resume building tips as well as showing you the difference between a good and great resume.
Generation Y's Guide To Working With Older Generations

The millennial generation, also known as generation Y is now flooding into the labor market. The following are some tips that will help you understand generation Y better and help millennials understand older generations in the work place.
Tips For A Successful Transition Into The Workplace

From learning corporate culture to learning a ton of new skills a day, the transition from school to the workplace is a critical time for recent graduates. Read here to learn what to expect in a new job and tips to help make the transition smoother.
Resumes: From Good To Great

Properly crafting a resume, from its content to its appearance are essential steps to getting a potential employer to read it and consider it among the masses. This article is full of resume building tips as well as showing you the difference between a good and great resume.
Generation Y's Guide To Working With Older Generations

The millennial generation, also known as generation Y is now flooding into the labor market. The following are some tips that will help you understand generation Y better and help millennials understand older generations in the work place.
Social Media: A Double-Edged Sword

The pitfalls of social media and its ability to harm your job seeking prospects are well known. However, here are some insider tips to further guard your social media and use it to your advantage when looking for work.
Combining Passions: A Professional Spotlight

Read Andrew Campbell’s story and how he managed to pursue both his passion for agriculture and media. He is an example that agriculture provides an immense amount of opportunity and flexibility that can accommodate a wide arrange of skills and abilities.
2010
USA CANADA
Developing The Qualities You Need For Career Success

You got your foot in the door; the coveted job is yours, now what? Learn what skills and qualities employers expect you to show during work that will help you advance your career and climb the ladder to new heights.
Success In The Agricultural Industry - Amy Garrison

Learn firsthand how to plan for a successful career in agriculture from year one in college. Amy Garrison details how she used all four years to prepare for her ag career, from internships to clubs, her success story can help your future.
Not Your Grandparent's Application Process

The digital revolution has changed many things and the way job seekers look for jobs is no different. Learn what skills and what tips will help you succeed when looking for a job in today’s world. From navigating job boards to answering phone interview questions these are things you need to know.
Navigating Financial Success For School And Beyond

The cost of post-secondary education has skyrocketed and is only going to go higher. This means students are under more pressure than ever to keep their financial house in order. Learn tips that will help keep you balanced and in the green after you graduate.
Wonder What Employers Think

Wish you could read the mind of a potential employer? Here we show you what they are saying about your generation. This will help you combat stereotypes and prejudices they may have before they even meet you.
Understanding The Buzz in Agriculture

Words like Geospatial Analysis, Hydroponics and other words like that are what are known as agricultural buzz words. Read here to learn about what new agricultural terms mean.
Help! I Can't Find A Job In This Economy

A tough economy presents challenges to job seekers; however it isn’t a challenge that can’t be overcome. Read here to learn how you can maximize your chances of finding a job in todays tough labor market.
Wonder What Employers Think?

Wish you could read the mind of a potential employer? Here we show you what they are saying about your generation. This will help you combat stereotypes and prejudices they may have before they even meet you.
Understanding The Buzz in Agriculture

Words like Geospatial Analysis, Hydroponics and other words like that are what are known as agricultural buzz words. Read here to learn about what new agricultural terms mean.
Same Family, Different Paths In Agriculture

Read about the story of two sisters and how each of them found a different calling within the agriculture industry and why they chose the paths they did.
Help! I Can't Find A Job In This Economy

A tough economy presents challenges to job seekers; however it isn’t a challenge that can’t be overcome. Read here to learn how you can maximize your chances of finding a job in todays tough labor market.
2009
USA CANADA
Resume Writing 101: A Guide to Developing an Effective Resume

A resume, the one physical item you can leave with a professor, recruiter or company contact to make a lasting impression and provide critical, professional and contact information. Whether that impression is positive or negative depends on your knowledge and understanding of resumes.
Companies Find Expansion Opportunities in Alternative Energy

As America reaches out to grasp hold of new technologies to provide energy independence for the nation, members of the ag industry are also seeking ways to be a part of the green revolution while remaining profitable. And the answers for these technologies can easily be found in a simple history lesson.
Mastering The Complexities Of Workplace Communication

Strong communication skills are listed on almost all job descriptions. Why? Because it is the key to productivity, a good work environment and a successful career. Learn tips that you can use to make sure what you are communicating in the workplace is driving your career forward and not backwards.
Seeing Beyond Salary

Learn 15 different ways for you to properly evaluate the level of compensation from a prospective employer. This will help you see behind just the first number and help you see what is actually the most beneficial to you. It’s important to note that many benefits can sometimes financially out way a bigger salary in the long run.
Networks Building One That Counts

It is well known that it is very important to network, knowing someone in a company is usually the best way to get your foot in the door. Here are some tips to help you understand the best ways to network and hopefully take away some of the fears that come with networking.
Five Things That Could Prevent You From Getting A Job

STOP! These five things will make it near impossible to get a job, read and learn in order to avoid these career ending mistakes.
Experiences From The Front Line - Mercedes Dittrich

Mercedes Dittrich shares her experience as a farmer, intern and youth agricultural leader. Read about how she got to where she is today and why she believes agriculture’s importance is growing.
Careers That Feed The World

Agriculture is a strong sector of the economy with a very stable outlook in terms of demand for its products. Boasting over 60 different industries and over 70 distinct career types agriculture is much more than just farming. Learn more about this field that feeds the world.
Resume Writing 101: A Guide to Developing an Effective Resume

A resume, the one physical item you can leave with a professor, recruiter or company contact to make a lasting impression and provide critical, professional and contact information. Whether that impression is positive or negative depends on your knowledge and understanding of resumes.
Quizzical Questions

Get insider tips to how to correctly answer questions that more potential employers will ask you in an interview. This will help you skip giving generic answers and stand out from the masses. As well learn what answers will hurt you more than help you.
Mastering The Complexities Of Workplace Communication

Strong communication skills are listed on almost all job descriptions. Why? Because it is the key to productivity, a good work environment and a successful career. Learn tips that you can use to make sure what you are communicating in the workplace is driving your career forward and not backwards.
Experiences From The Front Line - Sarah Core

Sarah Core shares her story as a young professional and leader in the agriculture industry. She details why she thinks it offers great prospects for new graduates and what one can do to ensure success in an ag career.
Careers That Feed The World

Agriculture is a strong sector of the economy with a very stable outlook in terms of demand for its products. Boasting over 60 different industries and over 70 distinct career types agriculture is much more than just farming. Learn more about this field that feeds the world.
A Horticulture Or Floriculture Job Is Available For You!

As the third largest contributor to cash crops in Canada, horticulture and floriculture are a vibrant part of agriculture. Learn more about this dynamic field and how you can become part of it.
2008
USA CANADA
The Mystery Behind Millennials: What They Can Contribute, How They Can Prepare

It is common knowledge that every generation is different. This is a product of the times they were born in, the social situation, the economic environment and the level of technology available at the time they were growing up. In this article we explore the millennials, we talk about their strengths and weaknesses as well as how they stack up when compared to previous generations that are still in the workplace.
University Professionals & Recent Grads Offer Advice for Effective Job Searching

If you want to work, you need to find a job first. In this article, we offer expert advice on how to best tackle a job hunt. These tips will allow you to not only reduce your stress, but also help you to see the true potential of the job market. Learn firsthand from those that have been there and succeeded.
Making A Great First Impression

If first impressions are lasting, are there things can you do to insure a great one? Thankfully there are many things you can do to make your first impression, especially to an employer a lasting positive one. From your appearance to your body language, learn about the things you can do to make those first five seconds count.
It's Your Turn To Ask Questions

It is very well known that during an interview questions like “what is your greatest strength”? Will be asked at some point, which is why you prepare for them. However, what questions have you carefully crafted and prepared for your employer? Learn about what are the right questions to ask so that you come out on top and look as prepared as you can be.
Atypical Agricultural Careers

The first thought that comes to mind when one says they work in agriculture is that of a job as a farmer working directly with animals and/or plowing the field. Although many people work in that aspect of agriculture, many new careers from marketing to applying new technologies are growing in the agricultural industry. Learn more about the different types of jobs the agriculture industry has to offer.
Getting The Most Out Of Studying Abroad

Studying abroad is growing in popularity. However, as a student it is important to remember the social aspect of studying abroad is enticing, but the main goal is to learn and advance your career prospects when you get home. Learn how to maximize your experience of studying abroad during your trip and when you get back.
Get Involved: You Won't Regret It!

You have heard the benefits of getting involved in extracurricular activities, from enriching your school experience to giving you opportunities when looking for work. Here are 5 tips that will help you with finding an activity and how to get the most out of it.
Experiences From The Front Line - Karla McKilligan

Learn about Karla McKilligan, a successful youth leader in agriculture. She reveals why she is interested in agriculture, what skills she feels are important to have in the industry and what she looks forward to in an internship in her field. Her story is a great example of things you can do to lead in agriculture.
Benefits From An Internship

Learn what an internship has to offer. This includes valuable insights as well as statistics including what percentage of employers cover housing and relocation. This is a valuable resource for any post-secondary student.
The Mystery Behind Millennials: What They Can Contribute, How They Can Prepare

It is common knowledge that every generation is different. This is a product of the times they were born in, the social situation, the economic environment and the level of technology available at the time they were growing up. In this article we explore the millennials, we talk about their strengths and weaknesses as well as how they stack up when compared to previous generations that are still in the workplace.
University Professionals & Recent Grads Offer Advice for Effective Job Searching

If you want to work, you need to find a job first. In this article, we offer expert advice on how to best tackle a job hunt. These tips will allow you to not only reduce your stress, but also help you to see the true potential of the job market. Learn firsthand from those that have been there and succeeded.
The Booming Careers Of Canadian Agriculture

Canada’s job market for agriculture is on fire. More opportunities than ever are opening up and young people going into it can build long term careers in anything from machine operators to IT and web design. Learn more about the job prospects Canada has to offer.
It's Your Turn To Ask The Questions

It is very well known that during an interview questions like “what is your greatest strength”? Will be asked at some point, which is why you prepare for them. However, what questions have you carefully crafted and prepared for your employer? Learn about what are the right questions to ask so that you come out on top and look as prepared as you can be.
Atypical Agricultural Careers

The first thought that comes to mind when one says they work in agriculture is that of a job as a farmer working directly with animals and/or plowing the field. Although many people work in that aspect of agriculture, many new careers from marketing to applying new technologies are growing in the agricultural industry. Learn more about the different types of jobs the agriculture industry has to offer.
2007
USA CANADA
Get The Most Out Of Your Internship Or First Job

Internships offer a foot in the door to a new company, as well as an opportunity to experience an area of interest before graduation. Internships that are successful can be the beginning of a bright new future. To make sure you get the most of it, read the dos and don’ts of being an intern in today’s world.
What Do You Want To Do?

What’s my exit strategy? This is a question most students need to ask themselves during some point in their post-secondary education. Learn more about tips and strategies that will help you get the most out of your college years, while preparing for the next steps after graduation and beyond.
Take Advantage Of Study Abroad Experiences

Just as the world economy is becoming more and more interconnected, the importance of having a globalized education is greater than ever. The ability to speak different languages and understand cultures other than your own, will help give you the edge in the economy of tomorrow. Learn more about the benefits and accessibility of an international education.
Interviewing Basics

You studied hard to get the necessary education, your CV was great, and now you get the call to come in for an interview. This is usually where the nerves set in, however if you know what you are doing, you will be both more relaxed and more likely to get the job. Learn inside tips on how to tackle the final and most important phase of the job hunt.

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