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From Illinois to England - One Job Seekers' Experience

From Illinois to England – One Job Seeker’s Experience
By helped Sarah Mikesell find, in her words, “not just a new job…a new career.” Mikesell grew up on a farm in central Ohio, graduated with an Ag Communications degree from The Ohio State University and worked fifteen years for one of the leading ad agencies serving the agriculture industry. She had been receiving the Weekly E-newsletter for several years and knew was the first place she’d look when the time came to start her search. “Other career sites are so broad; I knew I wanted to stay in agriculture. When searching for positions on, I knew I was going after something that I had a passion for,” shared Mikesell.

“I think it is good for everyone to check out regularly, so they can be aware of what is out there in the global agriculture industry,” said Mikesell. She found an intriguing listing on for a sales position with 5M Publishing. She applied on a Thursday and was contacted the next Monday. That position had been filled, but 5M was looking to fill another position as Senior Editor and U.S. Strategic Business Lead. Within a week she was on the phone with the Director of Marketing, and then soon on a plane to their headquarters in England. Before she left England they offered her the position. The process was quick; from the time Sarah applied to when she started her new career was less than four weeks.

5M Publishing is an international online news source for the global farming industry, including sites and, among others. As Senior Editor at 5M Publishing, Mikesell is in charge of a new site specifically for the seed, crop protection, fertilizer and ag equipment industries, The position allows Mikesell the flexibility to work from her home in the Chicago suburbs, along with working from the 5M office at the Chicago Board of Trade and visiting the company headquarters in England on a quarterly basis.

Mikesell feels the site is easy to use and very intuitive, “It is laid out so well; the breadth and depth of offerings really opens up your mind to what all is available in the ag industry,” said Mikesell. She added, “This new position I found on has changed my life, not just my career.”

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