AMES, Iowa — The Agribusiness HR Review Survey, conducted by AgCareers.com, highlights various strategies used in both large and small ag businesses alike to win talent.
Employee referrals and networks continue to be the top method of attracting prospective applicants in the U.S., at more than 76 percent, and Canada, at 74 percent, commonly followed by social media, corporate websites and the use of industry specific job board. Additional methods that are notable, but unique to each country include college and university recruiting and general online job boards.
The use of social networks or social media to support recruitment efforts continues to increase in the U.S. and Canada. The majority of agribusinesses in North America now are using social media and social networks for recruitment — the U.S. alone was over 72 percent.
The number could easily be as high as 86 percent in the coming year, based on the projection of those planning to begin using these outlets. The top social media sites each country utilized were Facebook in the U.S and LinkedIn in Canada.
Nearly 45 percent of U.S. ag companies and more than 68 percent of Canadian ag companies expect their workforce to increase in size within the next two years, according to the recently released AgCareers.com Agribusiness HR Review.
Roughly 45 percent of agribusiness companies plan to do more graduate recruitment in the next one to five years. This push for new graduate hiring was largely driven by the competition for talent in addition to career progression and succession planning.
AgCareers.com also learned 49 percent of U.S. agribusinesses attracted new graduates through their formal internship program, while another 38 percent utilized student work experience.
Somewhat similar to Canada, a combined 57 percent offered either a formal internship program, at 24 percent, or student work experience, at 33 percent.