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Now offering DISC assessments

Great Plains Consulting is now offering DISC assessments.

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.

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!