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.

Agriculture Jobs May Be Plentiful, But New Grads Are Scarce

Close to 60,000 jobs are set to open up in agriculture, food and natural resource sectors each year for the next five years, according to a report from Purdue University and the USDA, reports Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media on Newsworks.org.

Why Good People Underperform

As I headed to LinkedIn’s Talent Connect recruiting industry confab last week with more than 4,000 of the world’s best recruiters and talent leaders, someone tweeted me this headline:

Why Lou Adler is Wrong About Personality Assessment Tests

As I was leaving the conference a Talent Leader from a Fortune 200 company strong-armed me and said something strange. It went something like, “While we’ve aced our pre-hire quality of hire assessments, we’re struggling with improving quality of hire.”

How to Get a Job

With the current unemployment rate at 5.5% in the United States, one might argue that finding a job in today’s work force is only an uphill battle. However, Bryan Kooi, a job recruiter (“headhunter”) for Great Plains Consulting, would disagree. He believes there are plenty of jobs available— the job hunter just might not be looking in the right place…

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.

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 Highly Insightful Questions to Ask the Interviewer

If you’re an experienced interviewer you may almost always feel it’s a waste of time when you ask the average candidate, “Do you have any questions for me?”

Why? Most candidates don’t actually care about how you answer their questions; instead their only goal is to try to make themselves look good by asking “smart” questions. To them, what they ask is a lot more important than how you answer.

On the other hand, great candidates ask questions they actually want the answers to because they’re actively evaluating you and your company: they are deciding whether they really want to work for you.

7 Job Interview Do’s and Don’ts for the Class of 2014–Erg, 2015

Does anyone else write “2014” for about six months before they realize it’s been the New Year already? Anyways, back to the main point–here at Great Plains Consulting, we aren’t all fresh out of college, but those of us who are, can testify to these key Do’s and Don’ts of the interviewing world. Going to an interview for the first time with a business or company can be nerve-racking, but going back for a second? My lanta, might as well pull out the three piece.