How to Become an Employee CEOs Don’t Want to Lose

Most managers will say that there’s no such thing as an irreplaceable employee. However, in every company there are people whose skill set, not just experience, is highly valuable to some critical business processes. The simple reason for this is that people with experience in a specified field could be found more easily than those who possess a required set of skills.

Happy National Ag Day! — A Day Late

Yesterday, March 18th, was National Ag Day. But, yesterday got away from me and now here I am, a day late, writing about an industry that is near and dear to all of us in the Great Plains Consulting office. However, that’s the cool thing about agriculture, it never waits, stops or discontinues. Agriculture is a 24/7- 365 days a week kinda’ thing–and that’s never changing! If we eat and drink, drive vehicles, and like wearing clothes we aren’t late in celebrating, we never really quit from last year.

How to Ace Your Second Job Interview

“Steve Langerud is a workplace consultant who regularly coaches job seekers from entry level to the C-suite on second-round interviews. He worked with a mid-level candidate seeking a position as executive director of a prominent arts organization. During her interview, she asked the board why they weren’t engaging donors.”

8 Words and Phrases You Should Eliminate From Your Resume

“When you’re putting your resume together, you want to look professional, present the best image possible and find ways to stand out. There are several common words and phrases that many people think fit the bill, but aren’t as great as they seem. In fact, they make hiring managers and recruiters cringe.

Iowa FFA Foundation to Host FFA week gala

Despite being late on the FFA Week recognition, FFA is still important. It’s important every day, all day. Wanna’ argue about it? I don’t either. So let’s come to a mutual agreement that because of FFA, middle school, high school and college students all over the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are able to educate youth in agricultural fields of study. Because of FFA, formally known as Future Farmers of America, youth are able to learn outside, literally and physically, of what and where their experience may be. The FFA Organization is home to 540,369 members, aged 12-21, in 7,489 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. If your school doesn’t offer an FFA program and maybe won’t in the near future, there are many opportunities to be involved with another schools’ organizations even though you don’t have an affiliation. If you have more questions, you can visit the FFA website (www.ffa.org), or contact your school principal. So what does my rant lead up to? A black tie event. You read that right, farm boys in black ties. I hope you enjoy the article!

Programs for Women in Ag Show How Roles Have Evolved

Like myself, a woman in agriculture, can be a tough, roller-coaster of emotions, uninspiring task; however, at the end of the day, rewarding. Woman working in the agriculture industry take on a endless amounts of pressure day after day. But why? Because all that most of us have ever known was that ‘Dad does it.’ But let me tell you, times are changing and boy are they changing quickly. Even though living off the ground is all Melody has ever known, she too has seen struggles. Read below to see what Melody says…

Expert Advice: How to Get a Fast Start on the Success Track

Your future is hurtling towards you like a speeding bullet and the success you make of your life depends on how soon you get up to speed with career realities.

5 Bold Predictions For Ag Retail In 2015

Like always, agriculture will continually have very high-highs, and some very low-lows. It’s unpredictable. It’s irregular. It’s agriculture. That is the way of life in the agriculture industry and there is no denying it. Let’s see what CropLife.com has to say about the 2014 year.