Issue #168

5 Ways Working With a Recruiter Can Advance Your Careerh

Recruiters Help Find, Recruit, Hire, and Retain Top Talent

Your Upcoming June Events Calendar in Animal Science!

In the News: 12 Ways to Use a Cow and the Clydesdale Babies!

5 Ways Working With a Recruiter Can Advance Your Career

(By Dan Simmons)

There are many misconceptions that exist about candidates working with recruiter.  Below are just a few of them:

  • Companies don’t want to hire candidates represented by recruiters.
  • Recruiters are only looking to make a placement fee.
  • Recruiters technically work for the company and don’t really care about the candidate.

All of these things are not just misconceptions—they’re flat-out myths.  Working with an executive recruiter can provide numerous benefits for those candidates who are willing to do so.

Below are five main ways that working with a recruiter can help you to land a great new job and advance your career:

#1—More exposure in the marketplace

Contrary to the first misconception (myth) listed above, companies that use executive recruiters are more inclined to consider the candidates those recruiters present.  That’s because if they enlisted the recruiter’s help with the search in the first place, they trust the services—and the candidates—that they provide.  Whereas you might experience difficulty getting a company’s attention on your own, that might not be the case if a recruiter is getting the company’s attention for you.

#2—More in-depth and critical information

When you’re working on your own, your information is somewhat limited.  However, a recruiter has insider information not only about the company and its culture, but also about the specific job for which you’re applying.  This information certainly comes in handy during the hiring process, especially when it comes time to make a decision.

#3—Increased chance of an interview (and an offer!)

A recruiter can get the attention of a company for you, and they can also be instrumental in keeping the company’s attention on your behalf throughout the hiring process.  If a recruiter truly believes that you have the skills and experience necessary and would be a good fit for the position, they will make sure that the company knows about you and interviews you, at the very least.

#4—A partner during the negotiation stage

A recruiter will put their knowledge and experience to work during this sensitive stage of the process and work with both the candidate and the employer to ensure that they’re on the same page and can reach a satisfying agreement.  Negotiating with a company can be stressful on a candidate if they choose to do it alone.  Relying on the help of a recruiter greatly relieves that stress, and in the end, often results in a more positive negotiation.

#5—A coach for your career

A recruiter’s work doesn’t stop once they’ve placed you in a position.  They know that you want to continue climbing the career ladder, and that’s why they’re always on the lookout for your next great employment opportunity.  When you’re ready to make that move, they’ll be ready to help you do it.

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Recruiters Help Find, Recruit, Hire, and Retain Top Talent

(By Dan Simmons)

An executive recruiter can be a valuable piece of a company’s plans for hiring the best candidates in the marketplace . . . IF company officials realize the full width and breadth of what a recruiter can truly do for them.

Recruiters (recruiters worth their salt, anyway), do NOT just throw resumes your way and “see what sticks.”  Real recruiters have a proven system that they use for helping companies complete their most difficult, more urgent searches with the best candidate in the least amount of time possible.

The value that a recruiter brings to the table can best be summed up by the four main things they do during the hiring process.  They help find, recruit, hire, and retain top talent.

I’ve explored each of these four areas below:


It’s difficult to hire the best candidate available if you can’t find that candidate in the first place.  A good recruiter helps locate not just one candidate, but also a pool of the best candidates.  Then they qualify those candidates to make sure that they would be a good fit for the position before presenting them to their client.


Just because you’ve found the best candidates available for your position doesn’t mean those candidates will automatically want to work for your company or even apply for the job.  This is where a recruiter’s expertise might be the most valuable.  They have the experience, the know-how, and the savvy to actively recruit a passive candidate for your employment opportunity.  They can generate the interest, and ultimately, create motivation on the part of the candidate.


A recruiter is also crucial during the negotiation/offer stage, helping to create a smooth process and working with all parties to ensure the successful completion of the process.  From negotiating salary and other benefits to making the offer themselves, a recruiter can navigate what can be the most sensitive stage of the proceedings with a professional touch honed from years of experience.


Much like everything else we’ve discussed, it doesn’t do much good to identify, recruit, and hire the best candidates if you can’t keep those candidates.  Your recruiter can assist in the on-boarding process so that the candidate is assured that they made the right decision.  They can also make suggestions regarding your company’s overall retention program, so that successful on-boarding leads to long-term employee retention.

If you’re currently working on a difficult search and need the help of a pro, call me at 888.276.6789 or send an email to  I would be happy to discuss the specifics of the search and explain how my services can help.

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Your Upcoming June Events Calendar in Animal Science!

Summer is here!  Whether you consider Memorial Day to be the start of summer or if you consider June 21 to be the first day of the season, warmer temperatures and nicer weather have arrived.

And more events in Animal Science and Animal Nutrition are also on the horizon!

These events encompass a wide range of areas within the industry and some are single-day events, while others are held over multiple days.  However, all of them represent excellent training and networking opportunities.

Below is a list of the upcoming industry events in Animal Science and Animal Nutrition, including a link to more information about each event.

World Pork Expo on June 3-5 in Des Moines, Iowa

2015 AMSA Reciprocal Meat Conference on June 14 in Lincoln, Nebraska

76th American Convention of Meat Processors & Suppliers’ Exhibition on June 18-20 in Springfield, Illinois

Annual Poultry Festival on June 19-20 in Rogers, Arkansas

Iowa Swine Day on June 25 in Ames, Iowa

If we’ve missed an event, please let us know!  Send your information to so that we can add it to our upcoming schedule of events as soon as possible.


In the News: 12 Ways to Use a Cow and the Clydesdale Babies!


In the Animal Science Monitor, we strive to share timely news and information about Animal Science and Animal Nutrition, specifically items that impact both the present and the future of the industry . . . or an item that’s so interesting that we just have to share it.

This month, we have three such articles.  (Click on the titles below to access the full article.)

“12 Surprising Ways to Use the Cow, Without Eating a Bite”

What do tennis rackets, film, and dynamite all have in common?  It may be hard to imagine, but they are all made up of substances derived from the byproducts of cattle.  Chances are, even if you try to avoid cow products, you’ll end up using them, anyway.  But that just may be a good thing: using the whole cow—byproducts and all—may help turn what many consider an environmentally unsound industry into a more sustainable economic source 

“Meet the Budweiser Clydesdale Babies”

They're known as gentle giants—a breed of horses plucked out of the pastures of Scotland are now world-famous for their beer roots in St. Louis.  The Clydesdale breeding facility is located on 300 rolling acres in the heart of Missouri and home to 70 of the most beautiful Clydesdales in the world . . . and now you can take a photo tour of the facility and meet the Clydesdale babies!

“26 of LIFE’s Best Animal Covers”

As magazine titles go, LIFE is perhaps the most all-encompassing in the history of periodicals.  Though the magazine specialized in facets of human life—from war to fashion and culture to politics—the editors more than dabbled in the lives of our four-legged (and slithering and winged) friends.  Take a trip through this photo gallery of all 26 animal-themed LIFE covers!

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