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With an increasing number of people pursuing agriculture as a career, the number of qualified applicants for any given agricultural job has increased significantly. Hence, employers are becoming less focused on what degree or courses you may have completed and more interested in what extra elements you can bring to a job. While an employer obviously looks for basic ability and consistency of academic results as an initial qualifier for a job, any extra skills or qualities that an applicant has are becoming more and more relevant. These additional skills and qualities will define you and set you apart in a large candidate pool. Essentially, employers ask themselves a number of questions when considering an applicant for a role in their company:
Employers value some skills and qualities very highly (without necessarily asking direct questions about them); these include some of the following;
All of these skills may be developed during your time in university. Be aware of what abilities you posses and how they relate to your potential employers requirements.
Giving examples of these skills and qualities:
It is not enough just to be aware that you may have these qualities and to assume that your potential employer will recognise them. You must give examples of how you have honed these skills and qualities and in what situations you have used them.
Remember to use key words when describing your skills and qualities. Words that employers want to hear include; motivated, teamwork, determined, reliable and trustworthy.
Highlight your additional skills and qualities and do not purely rely on the merits of your degree to ensure you get a job. Remember this during your time at University and involve yourself clubs and societies that hold and interest for you. This way you will find that you hold extra skills rather then just academic ones, that will catch the employers eye and help set you apart from others in the candidate pool.