Get Ready for Fall Recruitment
If your company has a commitment to recruiting young talent into your business, then you have probably spent some time in the recent weeks planning your fall recruitment travels. Plans likely include researching what campuses you want to visit, what career fairs or industry events are taking place, and considering sponsorship strategies that will put your company brand and opportunities in front of the most students. In an industry filled with opportunity and graduates filled with ambition, campus recruiting remains crucial to ensure that your company has a constant and effective presence among young graduates.
When deciding what events/campuses to attend/visit, your organization must begin by evaluating what’s available. Ask yourself:
Evaluating you’re responses to those questions will help you determine what career fairs to attend and what schools you want to begin building relationships with for future visits. AgCareers.com has compiled an online listing of career fairs at schools with strong agricultural programs; this listing includes event dates and links to the school webpage or contacts for more information. To view that listing, click here.
Industry related and professional events can also provide opportunities for your company to shine in front of young talent. These are groups who bring together elite young talent for two- and three-day conference activities that revolve around a specific educational discipline or student interest. For example, The National Agri-Marketing Association, the American Society of Agronomy, and the dairy, poultry and cattle industries all hold annual professional conferences and provide activities for collegiate students to attend and begin networking with companies who employ people with that background. The students who attend these events are typically the best and brightest in their educational program at their college or university. Often you will also see some of the same students you met during a campus visit, but this opportunity allows you the chance to continue evaluating these students in a professional setting. These events also allow you are able to network with students from across the nation at a central location.
Additionally, there are organizations like Alpha Zeta (AZ), Agriculture Future of America (AFA), Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) and the Post-Secondary Agricultural Student Organization (PAS) that provide students from all disciplines with professional development-orientated conferences. Attending these events will also provide employers with top candidates from across the nation at a central location. That opportunity to brand your company in front of student’s representing numerous schools from across the nation at one event can be critical in a time when travel budgets and recruiting resources are minimal.
Once you’ve decided what events to attend, you’ll want to start the process of registration, scheduling, and determining what you want to have available for attendees. Some things to consider are:
Like many of you, AgCareers.com has also spent some time investigating which collegiate and university events we’ll attend in 2011. We ask ourselves the same questions listed above, and also evaluate the positions we are seeing advertised on our site, to which we provide traffic. We spend time listening to our Partnership Clients who share the desire to employ top talent for internships and entry level roles to understand what schools and professional organizations with whom we can partner so we can bring them that talent. Below we’ve included a list of the events where you may see us this year. As we have offered in past years, if you are an AgCareers.com Partnership client and you are unable to attend an event that you see we will be attending, we will be happy to promote your company and career opportunities from our booth. Please contact your account manager with information on the events of which you would like exposure and make arrangements to send in your company materials. Also, for all clients, be sure to update your job postings so they will be visible as we’re showcasing AgCareers.com at these events. Your AgCareers.com account manager can assist you with this.
2011 Fall Career Fair and Industry Event Schedule
We wish everyone safe and successful travels this fall. We’re already working on Spring Schedule so be sure to let us know if you have an event or career fair. If you have any questions about on-campus recruiting feel free to contact your account manager or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.