Issue #169

 
5 Big Mistakes Candidates Make When They're Trying to Get Hired
 

 
5 Big Mistakes Companies Make When Trying to Hire Top Talent
 

 
Your Upcoming Events Calendar in Animal Science!


In the News: Treatment of Veal Calves and Canceling Hog Wrestling!


It's the "Summer Edition" of the ASM!
(By Matt Deutsch)
 
Welcome to the "Summer Edition" of the Animal Science Monitor!
 
Summer is a busy time for many of you - vacations, holidays, cookouts, you name it. The same holds true for us. That's why we often take a mini-break during this season to shift gears, enjoy ourselves and prepare for the second half of the year.
 
However, the good news is that we'll be back in full swing soon. That's because we'll resume our monthly publication schedule in September. (In fact, that issue is tentatively set to be released on Tuesday, September 8.)
 
As always, we have great tips for both managers and job seekers in this special issue (specifically mistakes they should not make), along with upcoming events in the industry and animal science stories ripped straight from the national headlines.
 
And of course, if you have ideas for future articles or if you'd like to include your organization's event in our calendar, send an email to matt@animalsciencemonitor.com.
In the meantime, enjoy this issue - and continue cooking out, holding parties, and having fun.
 
We'll see you again in September!
 
5 Big Mistakes Candidates Make When They're Trying to Get Hired
(By Dan Simmons)
 
Conducting a job search and going through the interviewing and hiring process can be a stressful time for anybody. As a result, mistakes sometimes happen, even if they're small, unintentional mistakes.
 
However, candidates often commit bigger mistakes, ones that prevent them from making it to the end of the process and receiving an offer of employment. Some of these mistakes are intentional, while some can be "chalked up" to a lack of attention to detail.
 
Whatever the case may be, failure is the end result. That's why it's important for candidates to identify and rectify these five big mistakes that they commonly make when they’re trying to get hired:
 
#1 - Being dishonest
 
Dishonesty can take many forms, including misrepresentations on a resume, verbal claims of false accomplishments, misleading statements, or subtle deception. In fact, anything said and/or done that causes hiring officials to view you with an ounce of suspicion will prompt them to exclude you from the rest of the process. That's why it's imperative to make a concerted effort to be honest and upfront about absolutely everything.
 
#2 - Not being flexible
 
This pertains to being available for phone interviews, face-to-face interviews, and other meetings (perhaps a lunch meeting with upper management). If company officials are setting aside time for you, they must believe that you are worth that time. Conversely, if you believe the job is worth your time, then you should set aside that time, as well. Sure, you're currently employed, but not making the effort to be flexible sends the wrong message to those who might want to hire you.
 
#3 - Not communicating
 
Communication by the candidate is crucial throughout the hiring process, not just for the sake of the company, but also for the recruiter, if one is also involved in the process. That's because decisions are made based upon the information available, and if there's not enough information or if there's misinformation, then poor decisions are often made....which could adversely affect your candidacy.
 
#4 - Not providing relevant feedback
 
This is a subset of #2, because it pertains specifically to providing information following face-to-face interviews and other meetings.  Yes, there's a good chance that you're interviewing with multiple companies and might receive more than one offer of employment.  However, that's a good reason to keep all interested parties apprised of the situation and NOT to "compartmentalize" the information because you believe it will benefit you in the long run. It rarely does.
 
#5 - Not honoring commitments
 
This is almost as big of a mistake as #1 on our list. Always show up for interviews, whether they're of the phone or face-to-face variety. Always call when you say you’re going to call. Always be available when you say you're going to be available. And of course, always show up for your first day of work if you've accepted a company's offer of employment. Not showing up because you decided to take another company's offer instead will taint your personal brand, poison your professional reputation, and quite possibly derail your career at some point in the future.
 
For more on this topic, write to dan@consearch.com.
 
(Don't forget to join the Animal Science Monitor Group on LinkedIn and connect with Dan to leverage the power of his 13,000 LinkedIn connections!)
 
 
5 Big Mistakes Companies Make When Trying to Hire Top Talent
(By Dan Simmons)
 
Attempting to hire the best talent available in the marketplace carries with it a certain degree of difficulty, regardless of whether it's a good economy or a bad one.
 
In a good economy, top talent is receiving multiple offers from numerous companies trying to woo their services, meaning that you have to stand out. In a bad economy, top talent is more than likely firmly entrenched in their current position and not looking to make a move, which makes them even more difficult to find and recruit.
 
No matter the challenges, though, there are some big mistakes that companies make when trying to hire top talent. Below are five of the biggest ones:
 
#1 - Being passive and not proactive
 
Waiting for the best and brightest candidates to walk up to your doorstep is not the best policy for hiring. These types of candidates are less likely to respond to your job postings, as well. No, the most effective way to find these candidates is to hunt for them. Find them, recruit them, and hire them. Being passive largely leads to frustration and failure.
 
#2 - Drawing out the interviewing and hiring process
 
There's a saying you may have heard before: "Things that drag get dirty". This certainly applies to the interviewing and hiring process. The longer the process becomes, the more convoluted and less effective it is. The optimum time for a position to be open is between three and four weeks. Any longer than that, and the fact the position remains open starts to cost the company money in lost productivity.
 
#3 - Not providing consistent feedback
 
Top candidates want to know where they stand in the process. Why is that? Because as we mentioned above, multiple companies are probably wooing them, one or more of which is ready to make an offer of employment. If they're even remotely interested in your opportunity, they want to know how close you are to making a decision....so they can make a decision of their own. Not providing consistent feedback makes their decision that much easier.
 
#4 - Holding out for the "perfect candidate"
 
This tendency often results in #2 on our list (see above), but that's just one of the problems that it causes. It also causes hiring managers to overlook candidates that might not be considered a "perfect" fit, but that possess the potential to grow into the role and bring with them other talents and skills that make them a more versatile - and therefore more valuable - hire.
 
#5 - Not closing effectively
 
When you extend an offer of employment, you want that offer to be accepted (ideally 100% of the time). Company officials often don't take the time to "pre-close" candidates with a series of questions designed to ensure acceptance, and some even choose to make the offer themselves instead of relying on the recruiter for this crucial part of the process. (Top candidates who regularly work with recruiters expect their recruiter to be the person who extends the formal offer of employment)
 
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 dan@consearch.com. I would be happy to discuss the specifics of the search and explain how my services can help
 
(Don't forget to join the Animal Science Monitor Group on LinkedIn and connect with Dan to leverage the power of his 13,000 LinkedIn connections!)
 
 
Your Upcoming Events Calendar in Animal Science!
 
Summer is in full swing, and that means many things - cookouts, baseball games, late nights around the campfire, and apple pie. (You didn’t think we were going to leave out the apple pie, did you?)
 
Well, we're also not leaving out upcoming events in animal science and animal nutrition.
 
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.
 
17th Annual Ag Media Summit on July 25-29 in Scottsdale, Arizona
Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting on July 27-30 in Louisville, Kentucky
Ozark Empire Fair on July 30-August 8 in Springfield, Missouri
Nebraska Grazing Conference on August 11-12 in Kearney, Nebraska
Pennsylvania Ag Progress Days on August 18-20 in Pennsylvania Furnace, Pennsylvania
National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry on August 24-26 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Central Veterinary Conference on August 28-31 in Kansas City, Missouri
Farm Progress Show on September 1-3 in Decatur, Illinois
Husker Harvest Days on September 15-17 in Grand Island, Nebraska
 
If we've missed an event, please let us know! Send your information to matt@animalsciencemonitor.com so that we can add it to our upcoming schedule of events as soon as possible.
 
 
In the News: Treatment of Veal Calves and Canceling Hog Wrestling!
 
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.
 
 We have five such articles in this issue. (Click on the titles below to access the full article.)
 
The USDA wants to change the rules on how calves are slaughtered for veal, saying new regulations would make the process more humane. The proposal comes from the department's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which says veal calves that are unable to stand up and walk should not be slaughtered for food. Currently, veal calves that cannot walk are set aside to rest, and if they recover, they can still be slaughtered.
 
 
In the wake of online petitions decrying a Central Indiana county fair's hog wrestling as "sadistic" and "barbaric," the fair board met and canceled the event. In an hour-long meeting with sometimes angry, sometimes emotional speeches for and against hog wrestling, the Delaware County Fair Board decided - in a split vote, the numbers of which were not released-to cancel hog wrestling.
 
 
You can tell a lot about a person from their expressions. Perplexed eyebrows, pursed lips. Animals are no different. From raised noses to lowered heads, outward displays of emotion are not exclusive to humans. But perhaps that isn't the message inked in these portraits taken by Ronan Yver. Take a trip through this nine-photo gallery that shows the humanity of farm animals!
 
 
As new cases of canine influenza spread across several states, veterinarians are urging vigilance after hundreds of dogs contracted the virus. In April, more than 1,000 pooches got dog flu in Chicago, while one in the Atlanta area and another one in Ohio tested positive in May. Other positive results have been reported in various states, including Iowa, Indiana, Massachusetts, and New York, according to Cornell University.
 
 
Earlier in the Major League Baseball season, the Texas Rangers utterly embarrassed the Boston Red Sox by the score of 7-4. Before the game started, Rangers pitcher Ross Ohlendorf out-milked Red Sox pitcher Wade Miley in a cow milking contest. However, they weren't only two MLB players who went headto-head in such a competition.
 
   
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