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Five tips to acquiring the ag job you want

WorkHorse Hub March 26, 2019

When it comes to finding your next job, it isn’t always a one way street. There are two parties involved in this process: employers and employees. In order to make this as smooth and simple as possible both must be on the same page. Not sure what we mean by this? Read on to find out!

Prove yourself

From the job seeker perspective, there a few key things you can do to not only land your next dream gig but to also maintain your reputation in an industry, such as agriculture.  First and foremost, prove yourself. On WorkHorse, we ask our employees to create a profile to showcase their skills and talents. While it may seem tedious to fill out another profile, we promise it’s worth it! Take a few minutes and brag about yourself, trust us, that’s what employers want to read.

Don’t forget your resume!

Let’s not forget a vital piece of information here: your resume. Over the years, the resume creation process has become extremely detailed, down to the word. This can seem overwhelming if you’re just starting out but keep it simple! Describe your educational background, previous jobs, and skills you possess. Click here to read about how to make a resume that farmers can’t ignore (plus a free resume template!).

Start applying

Now that you’ve mastered your profile, it’s time for the exciting part - applying for jobs. The secret behind this is finding a position you’re not only passionate about but also have skills that can bring value to the employer. For example, perhaps you don’t have direct experience working with a cattle farm but you’ve worked with other animals previously. Perfect! Explain how your skills from that previous job can be utilized in this new role.

No cover letter? No problem.

On WorkHorse, we don’t require you to send a cover letter for every position you apply for. Some may view this as a negative but we prefer to allow candidates to send a personalized note to employers explaining why they’re ideal for the job. Take advantage of this! This is the first impression employers will get of you therefore be sure to sell yourself. Highlight the great attributes you bring to the table.

Always respond

Last and most definitely not least: always reply. If you are fortunate enough to hear from an employer or recruiter, that’s great! Please be respectful and reply to their email or call in a timely matter. Even if you are not interested in the role they are offering or you already have a job, thank them and kindly reject the opportunity. I’m sure we’ve all been in the situation of feeling like you nailed the interview then go on to never hear from that employer again. Don’t be this person! The world may feel like a big place but industries are small and word can get around quick if you’ve left someone hanging. Save yourself the trouble and always respond to those who reach out.

Finding a new job doesn’t have to be a daunting process! If you can put yourself in the employer’s shoes and try to imagine what they’re looking for as well as how they would want to be treated then you’re off to a strong start. Remember, respect isn’t a given, it’s earned!

Did we miss a tip on how to be an awesome job seeker? Tell us in the comments!

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