New Employee Spotlight – Jo King

New Employee Spotlight – Jo King

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…

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.

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.

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.

What your interviewer is really thinking

Boy, wouldn’t the ability to read minds come in handy during the job interview? At the risk of stating the obvious, who wouldn’t love to know what hiring managers really think about your qualifications or what they consider the perfect answer to a certain question? Armed with this information, you’d be a step ahead of other job applicants.

How to attract and keep motivated employees

Even if you can’t pay top dollar, how you hire and the strategies you use to retain people can make a major difference.