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Feb 062017
 

ASM Issue 190 – You Are Your Cover Letter

Cover letters have long been the avenue most people use to send their resume to a prospective employer. Crafting an effective letter for some is easy – but for most, it is a daunting task. There are some key elements that go into an effective letter, which we will discuss. However, before getting started, I believe putting things in perspective seems to help. I like to draw analogies between things we do on a daily basis that could potentially help us accomplish those tasks that come up on an irregular basis. These generally will give us a better understanding of what we are trying to do.

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ASM Issue 191 – Pathogen-based Treatment for Cows with Mastitis?
I recently came across an article on Bovine Veterinarian that can be a game-changer for dairy producers. Mastitis is a costly condition to treat, but is sadly common. It is the inflammation of the mammalian breast, which is caused by the blockage of milk ducts during the lactation period. This causes dairy cows much discomfort and may lead to fever or flu symptoms.

Mastitis can be caused by an infection where bacteria enters the body through the teat canal. In fact, it is quite common in dairy cows. It may also be caused by mechanical, chemical, or even thermal factors.
Jan 062017
 
ASM Issue 188 – How to Get Ready for Your Annual Performance Review
The annual performance review is something that many employees dread (as do most managers). The days or weeks leading up to it can be quite stressful. Never fear, I have compiled helpful tips to help you get through it without the stress and anxiety.

Prepare to Wow Your Employer
Preparation is the key to a stellar APR. Treat your annual performance review like a mini interview. While you are not interviewing to get hired, this interview will be the key to receiving higher compensation and may determine if you are ready for the next step up the ladder. What you say and how you conduct yourself will greatly affect the outcome. Make sure you follow the steps below.

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ASM Issue 189 – The “Recruiting in a Multi-Generational Talent Pool” e-Book is Finally Out

What does the Baby Boomer, Generation Xer, and Millennial have in common? They all belong to the workforce. Each generation has special skills and experiences that they can contribute to the workplace.
What do the top candidates from these generations want? What will make them want to work with you? However, most importantly, what will make them stay? These are the questions that any employer should ask before making a job offer.
Dec 062016
 
Issue 186 – Don Hunter Wraps up His Recruiting Career
One of the nicest men in the recruiting industry announced his retirement effective December 1st.  Don Hunter joined Continental Search as a contractor in the fall of 2010. He is the sole proprietor of DHS Recruiting, as well. Before joining the Continental Search family, he was the principal for Bay Resource Group Executive Search from 1995 to 2010. He retired for three months from Bay Resources when Dan Simmons, Owner of Continental Search, called him and asked him to join his team. Dan and Don had partnered on several projects over the years. Don and Dan jointly developed The Animal Science Monitor in 2004, a newsletter on careers and opportunities in the animal sciences. Don contributed many articles over the newsletter’s 12-year history.
ASM Issue 187 – Animal Science Monitor Expects a Busy 2017

The Animal Science Monitor is going through an evolution. This 2017, we have decided that we want you to be our stars. Aside from showcasing the latest industry news and offering career advice, we will feature people who we consider influencers in the animal science industry. Each month we will interview influential individuals in industry and academia.

We also plan to showcase these interviews with the latest industry news in our Animal Science Monitor LinkedIn group. We would love to learn more about the industry in which we recruit. Feel free to interact with the comments section of the conversations we start. We would appreciate your opinions because we believe that knowledge should be shared.

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Nov 302016
 

November 2016 ASM – I

For us at ASM, change is exciting. The Animal Science Monitor is going through an evolution. This last quarter of 2016, we decided to give you guys a double dose of ASM monthly. This means 2 newsletters from us to you per month!

We have improved our industry news section too. We want to give our readers the latest information about the fields or specialties we recruit in because Dan believes knowledge is wealth and that it should be shared.

We didn’t want to stop at news. ASM will do feature interviews with top university professors in the animal science field and influential industry leaders early next year. We have also added zoo, wildlife and companion animal articles as well to keep our readers entertained.

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November 2016 ASM – II

The second half of November is always the busiest. Right now, you’re probably gearing up for a long drive to visit friends and family or going through online recipes if you plan to host your very own Thanksgiving dinner. We thought we’d wish our loyal subscribers a Happy Turkey Day before things got too busy.

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Oct 092016
 

Antibiotics vs. Antibiotic-Free Poultry: What is the Difference?

I went to the National Meeting on Poultry Health, Processing, and Live Production recently. It was held in Ocean City, and it ran through September 28 to 30. I had the privilege to listen to informative and useful talks that I believe will help me understand this industry even more.

One of the most interesting seminars had to do with antibiotic-free vs. antibiotic use in poultry. On the 28th, Dr. Randy Mitchell of Perdue Foods, LLC talked about the use of probiotics. On the 29th, Dr. David French of Sanderson Farms discussed the use of antibiotics in poultry, while Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia talked about raising chickens without the use of antibiotics.

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Sep 092016
 

A New Direction for the ASM!

The Animal Science Monitor has continued to evolve over the many years of its existence. (Believe it or not, we’re approaching our 12th anniversary!) And now, as we draw closer to this milestone, we’re about to evolve yet again.

Until now, the bulk of the information that the ASM has provided to its readers has dealt primarily with two main areas:

  • Career advice and tips for professional advancement
  • Market intelligence and best practices for hiring and retaining employees

While this has been and still is important information, we have made the decision to “branch out” with our content offerings. Over the years, the ASM has not provided as much in the way of content related to the “science” part of Animal Science and Animal nutrition.

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Aug 262016
 

7 Steps for Avoiding the Never-Ending Interview Process

Now that you’ve decided you need to hire someone, you’ve got your job description written, you’ve determined what qualities you’re looking for in a candidate, and created a strong presentation to sell them on the position, what’s left to do? Not much, just get it done!

It makes no sense to turn this into a never-ending process of interviews and discussions. There is absolutely nothing to be gained by torturing potential candidates by dragging the process out unnecessarily. They hate it, and it’s NOT effective.

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Jul 112016
 

Getting the Most Out of Your Recruiting Efforts

In an effort to find top candidates to interview for a position, some hiring managers think it best to hire a half dozen or even more recruiters to scour the planet. They think they will have more candidates to interview in less time than if they worked with just one recruiter.

Years ago, I was involved in just such a situation when a sales manager called asking if I could find a PhD Dairy Nutritionist for their animal feed supplement company. He mentioned that he’s highly selective and had 10 other recruiters currently looking for candidates. I didn’t want to be the 11th and politely told him so, thanking him for his call.

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Jun 052016
 

Are Your Employees Satisfied? Check Out This Report

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has given an Employee Job Satisfaction Survey every year since 2002. Results of the 2015 survey show that 88% of U.S. employees feel satisfied overall with their current job. This is the highest level of job satisfaction in ten years, with 37% reporting they are “very satisfied” and 51% saying they are “somewhat satisfied.”

This shows that there are a larger percentage of employees saying they are only satisfied to a certain extent, signaling room for improvement. Something similar was found when asked about their level of satisfaction toward their employer: 40% said they were “very satisfied,” while more, at 45%, said they were “somewhat satisfied.”

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May 232016
 

How to Entice Top Performers to Work for You

When a hiring manager begins looking for candidates to fill an open position, they often consider this a
one-way proposition, that there is only one person on the hot seat trying to sell themselves and that is the candidate who is interviewing. However, that’s not necessarily true because while you’re sizing up the candidate, he or she is doing the same regarding you, the open position, and the company as a whole.

Most candidates are interested in finding out all they can during a job interview, so you can expect them to ask questions. Hiring managers should be ready to answer their questions in an honest and forthright manner, providing all the facts and information requested while establishing a nice rapport.

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