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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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Apr 202016
 
7 Pitfalls That Apply to Nearly Everyone’s Career

(By Daniel C. Simmons, CPC)

On average people change jobs five times throughout their lifetime with some people changing careers up to three times that amount. The job market in today’s world is in a great deal of flux, which makes changing jobs and career paths the rule and not the exception. In the midst of all this, there are a lot of decisions that need to be made.

If you are to make smart decisions with regard to your career you’re going to need a good compass to lead the way and guide you through all the choices and opportunities that lay before you. This compass is going to be your passion. What are you passionate about? What is the one thing that gets you going in the morning and gives you the drive to tackle the problems of the day? Ideally this would be something you’re doing as a career or are working towards.

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Mar 282016
 

Presenting Our Photo Contest Winners!

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The results are in for the 2016 Animal Science Monitor photo contest. In other words, we have selected the winners!

The top three winners all earned prize money: $150 for first prize, $75 for second price, and $50 for third price. And the first-place winner in our contest is . . .

  1. Joey Brown of The Ohio State University!
  2. In addition, the same person won both second and third place. That person is Kelsie Hinds. So congratulations to the both of you for winning our contest and for the prize money you earned!

We’d also like to recognize those who earned honorable mention status for the photos they submitted. Our honorable mention selections are Susan Burton and Karmella Dolecheck.

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Feb 142016
 

You Need THIS to Make Better Hiring Decisions

Everybody wants to make better hiring decisions. However, how many organizations do you think make better hiring decisions over time?

How many analyze the decisions they do make, as well as the results of those decisions? Then how many make adjustments based upon that analysis so they can improve their decisions and make better hires?

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Dec 192015
 

6 Key Areas of Transparency for Food Companies

The Center for Food Integrity (CFI) is a Not-for-Profit organization whose members and partners represent the diversity of today’s food systems – from farmers, ranchers, and food companies to universities, non-governmental organizations, restaurants, retailers, and food processors.

CFI is continuously producing cutting-edge research, researching relevant issues in an effort to devise new and innovative approaches to agriculture and food. CFI recently conducted transparency research in regards to how transparent food companies should be when providing information to consumers regarding their products.

That research resulted in the creation of a new transparency index that helps companies measure their level of transparency in six key areas. Those areas are as follows:……………


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Nov 102015
 

About This Issue . . .

Why It’s So Difficult to Find Quality Hires Right Now

If you’re a hiring manager or work in HR, there’s a good chance that you’re already experiencing how difficult it is right now to find and hire the best candidates in the marketplace. You’re not alone: a dearth of talent is presenting considerable challenges to companies everywhere.

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Oct 102015
 

About This Issue . . .

All-Time Favorite: “Definitive Guide to Recruiting”

I’m pleased that I have now started my 25th year as a recruiter. The last 14 years have been spent helping companies in animal agriculture across the United States build great teams. During my career, I’ve been an ardent student of recruiting, constantly reading articles concerning the best practices and current issues in employment.

I recently re-read one of my favorite articles of all-time, from the May 2009 issue of the Harvard Business Review: “The Definitive Guide to Recruiting in Good Times and Bad” by Boris Groysberg, Nitin Nohria, and Claudio Fernández-Aráoz. I’m highlighting the article in this issue of The Animal Science Monitor because many organizations are having trouble recruiting great talent.

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