What are your goals for 2017 Posted December 21, 2016
It is time to set a few goals in order to make this your best year yet.
3 skills that are a "must have" on your resume Posted December 12, 2016
Showcase these three skills and you'll be called in for an interview in no time.
7 tips for writing a better Email Posted November 06, 2016
Writing an Email is an everyday task, but are you writing it correctly?
The Lost Art of the Thank You Note Posted October 13, 2016
Whether you are interviewing for a job or attending a dinner party, it is best that extend your appreciation with a thank you note.
Career Fair Season: Are You Ready? Posted September 30, 2016
Don't overlook the benefits of attending a career fair. Proper preparation may put you in the drivers seat when it comes to picking your first job.
Makin' Bacon, Just Not in My Backyard Posted September 18, 2016
Everyone loves bacon, but not one wants to share the countryside with pigs.
Common Resume Questions Answered Posted September 01, 2016
Resumes are highly subjective, but following a few simple guidelines will help you answer "is this right?"
How To Use a Pen & Other Tips For Making Your Professor Like You Posted August 19, 2016
School is back in session. Following these simple 7 tips will help to make you a class star.
Take Hold of Technology to Manage Your Day Posted July 28, 2016
Time managment issues got you down? No worries, there's an app for that!
A New Take on Advocating Posted July 12, 2016
We are being vocal, but are we really making a difference?
Which Fork is My Salad Fork?? Posted June 25, 2016
Don't let your nerves about how to handle yourself at a formal dinner party keep you from advancing your career.
Personal Branding 101-Part 2 Posted June 03, 2016
Is your social media persona one that is helping or hurting your future?
Personal Branding 101 Posted May 19, 2016
Have you ever wondered if how you see yourself is the same as how others see you? If not, it's time to take a look at where they disconnect.
Effective Followership Posted May 06, 2016
Being a follower was once thought of as a negative trait, but now people are noticing that it provides great value to an organization.
Networking: the Key to Starting Your Career Posted April 21, 2016
Eighty percent of jobs are found via networking. How connected are you?
Your Body Language Is Saying What Your Mouth Isn't. Posted March 31, 2016
You say you're confident, but is your body language sending a different message?
Perfect Your Elevator Pitch Posted March 17, 2016
Don't have an elevator pitch? Create one today to increase your chance of being remembered when it counts.
Write A Resume That Gets Noticed Posted March 04, 2016
How can you make your resume stand out from the crowd?
Can You Talk the Talk? Posted December 21, 2015
Follow these tips to make a lasting impression through small talk.
Dress for Success Posted December 13, 2015
Looking for a job? Be sure you look the part.
Did Cyber Monday Put You In The Red? Posted November 30, 2015
Your spending habits today could dictate your financial future for years to come.
Understanding Pigs Means Increased Animal Welfare Posted November 21, 2015
Think moving hogs is only about opening gates? Think again.
Elevator Pitches, An Often Forgotten Networking Tool Posted November 12, 2015
Land a job interview in 30 seconds or less.
Get to Know: Austin Lane Posted November 05, 2015
Interested in becoming more involved in the swine industry? Take a look at what Team Purebred's past president has to say about what his leadership has meant to him.
Mass Media & Reading Between the Lines Posted October 28, 2015
Despite recent research findings, you can still have your bacon and eat it too!
Agvocating-Share Your Story Posted October 14, 2015
No one can tell your story like you can, so tell it!
A Few Pig Facts Posted October 08, 2015
Happy National Pork Month! Celebrate by learning a few new pig facts!
How to Be a Voice on Social Media Posted September 30, 2015
People are talking about agriculture, but are they the ones who should be sharing your story? Follow these tips to get your voice heard on social media.
Get To Know: Kane Austin Posted September 24, 2015
Read on to get to know more about Kane Austin, one of the up and coming leaders within the pork industry.
The National Junior Swine Association Posted September 16, 2015
Interested in purbred Duroc, Hamp, York, or Landrace pigs? Join the NJSA to support your breed and meet new people in the industry.
America's Pig Farmer of the Year Posted September 09, 2015
Vote today for America's Pig Farmer of the Year!
Swine Science Online Posted September 02, 2015
Looking for advanced education in the swine industry? Swine Science Online is for you.
Let Your Leadership Shine in Meetings Posted August 26, 2015
Running an effective meeting and making others feel welcome are the keys to a successful organization.
3 Stops to Make Your First Week of School Posted August 19, 2015
Remember books? Visit your college library to see how they can help you ace a class!
Understanding PQA Plus Certification Posted August 12, 2015
Learn how PQA Plus certification can benefit your operation.
6 Things You Should Never Say To Your Professor Posted August 05, 2015
Get the semester off on the right start by knowing what not to say to your professors.
The Importance of Getting Invovled Posted July 29, 2015
Volunteering and getting involved opens doors that will benefit your entire career.
Saving For Your Future Posted July 22, 2015
Retirement isn't on your radar yet, but saving for it should be.
Understanding Your Credit Score Posted July 15, 2015
Creating a strong credit score today sets the foundation for a future of financial success.
Three of the Top Ag Related Websites Posted July 08, 2015
Check out these well-known one-stop reads for all of your agriculture information.
The Generation Divide Posted July 01, 2015
Understanding the differences among generations in the workplace is the key to a successful work environment.
Become a Model Employee Posted June 24, 2015
Use these 5 tips to ensure you are the employee that your boss is looking for.
Don't Let Stress Get You Down Posted June 17, 2015
Learn to manage your stress so it doesn't manage you.
Phone Fasting Posted June 10, 2015
58% of smartphone users don't go 1 hour without checking their phone. If you fall in this category, maybe it's time to consider a phone fast.
World Pork Expo 2015 Posted June 05, 2015
If you didn't attend World Pork Expo this year, here is a look inside all you missed.
Five Tips for a Stronger Application Posted May 27, 2015
Applying for jobs can be a daunting task. Use these five tips to help guide you through the process.
Are You a Follower? Posted May 20, 2015
To be a great leader, you must first be a great follower.
Master the Handshake Posted May 13, 2015
The handshake is the official business greeting in the U.S. Learn when and how to properly shake hands in all situations.
Dress for Success Posted May 06, 2015
Dressing the part is important no matter what situation you are in.
Landing the Job Posted April 29, 2015
Don't just be the best candidate on paper, prove you are the best candidate in the interview too.
7 Tips To Writing an Effective Resume. Posted April 23, 2015
Follow these tips to make your resume stand out from the crowd.
3 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Job Search Posted April 15, 2015
Are you getting in your own way when it comes to finding your next job?
It's Never Too Early To Build Your Network. Posted April 08, 2015
It's not what you know, it's who you know that lands you the job.
Making Decisions Decisively Posted April 01, 2015
These 4 steps will help guide you in your decision making.
The Proof is in the Proofreading. Posted March 25, 2015
Proofreading your written work is the more important writing process you can learn to do.
Saying it all without saying a word. Posted March 18, 2015
What message is your body language sending?
The quieter you become, the more you can hear. Posted March 11, 2015
Active listening can make all the difference when discussing the important issues in agriculture.
The Importance of an Internship. Posted March 04, 2015
9 benefits to completing an internship.
Verbal Communication: Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say. Posted March 04, 2015
You spend nearly 100% of you waking hours communicating, but are you sending the right message?
4 reasons to get involved today. Posted February 18, 2015
Learn how getting involved with volunteer organizations can put you on the fast-track for the future.
The Gift of Time. Posted February 11, 2015
Are you wasting precious moments of time each day? Take control of your day with these time management tips!
How Smart Are Your Goals? Posted February 04, 2015
New Year’s Day has come and gone. By now you have probably already made, and broken, a few New Year’s resolutions. But that is not to say that you cannot have your most successful year yet. By being SMART in your goal setting you are sure to start 2015 off on the right path.
Take the Internship Plunge Posted February 02, 2015
Growing up on a small family farm, I always had a passion for agriculture – particularly the swine industry. The summer after my sophomore year, I began searching for a pork-related internship.
Check out all that PorkSquare has to offer! Posted January 28, 2015
Looking for personal and professional development to become a leader in the swine industry? You've come to the right place.
Community Service: Good for the Soul and Good for Your Future Posted January 26, 2015
There is something to be said for an individual who donates their free time to a worthy cause. Avid volunteers often demonstrate accountability, positivity, dedication and social responsibility—which are all valued and sought after traits in the workforce.
Resume Do's and Don'ts Posted January 19, 2015
Looking for a new job can be scary! Regardless if you are looking to apply for your perfect summer internship, or applying for your dream job out of college, stepping out into the workforce can be extremely intimidating.
Company Spotlights: AgStar Financial Services Posted January 12, 2015
With over 90 years of financial and industry expertise, AgStar Financial Services is a company that young professionals in the swine industry should notice.
Displaying Professionalism in Social Media Posted January 05, 2015
Did you know that social media plays an enormous role in creating your professional identity? Learning how to use social media is easy—the trick is learning how utilize social media platforms in a way that successfully markets you to future employers!
When I Grow Up... Posted December 29, 2014
I started college not knowing what I wanted. Did I want to follow in my dad’s footsteps in the agriculture industry, or did I want to follow in my mom’s footsteps to become a teacher?
We Care Posted December 22, 2014
I can still remember the day that my very first show pig was dropped off at my school’s local Ag farm. I had been not so patiently awaiting the day that I would get to meet my very first pig, and couldn’t wait to take care of him
Successfully Marketing Your Personal Brand Posted December 15, 2014
In today’s world, you are your best marketing tool. Finding success in the workplace and in your personal relationships is greatly dependent on the consistency and dependability of your personal brand—otherwise known as your reputation.
Networking: LinkedIn, The Professional Facebook Posted December 08, 2014
Have you ever heard the statement, “Those with the most acquaintances, have the most power?”
People, Planet, Pigs Posted December 01, 2014
Growing up on a commercial hog farm, I’ve seen just about everything in relation to pigs and farming, including the value of education, research and promotion.
PQA Plus® Posted November 24, 2014
PQA Plus® serves as a great tool for exhibitors and producer alike to take part in. Not only is it important to put forth the time and effort of raising pigs, but to also understand the good production practices of swine production.
Swine Science Online Posted November 17, 2014
Swine Science Online is taught by the top swine professionals at top agriculture universities, with the added benefit of not paying their price. This program allows you to concentrate on just the care, management, and markets of the swine industry.
Professional Swine Manager Posted November 10, 2014
The Professional Swine Manager (PSM) program allows students to gain knowledge that will help them become more effective in the swine industry. The program includes five online classes, that deal with managing a swine herd, record keeping and the maintenance of the farm.
Interview Questions Posted November 03, 2014
You submitted a killer resume and application. You landed an interview. Now what? How do you prepare, what questions are they going to ask, what do you bring?!
Applying for Scholarships Posted October 27, 2014
Applying for college can be a stressful time. Updating your resume, collecting letters of recommendation and completing entrance essays and countless stacks of paperwork can seem like a daunting task!
Company Spotlights: Zoetis Posted October 20, 2014
If working in the pharmaceutical industry interests you, consider adding Zoetis (zo-EH-tis) to your list! Zoetis is a global animal health company working with 60 years of experience to deliver quality medicines and vaccines, complemented by diagnostic product and genetics tests, and supported by a range of services.
10 Ways for a Successful Internship Posted October 13, 2014
College degrees are great, but internships make a difference; they are one of the best opportunities a college student should take advantage of. An internship offers first-hand, on-the-job experience that is just as important as what is learned in the classrooms, if not more.
Cover Letter Tips Posted October 06, 2014
Are you applying for a new position and they require a cover letter? A cover letter is a document written to an employer, selling him/her on your skills and capabilities. Here are a few tips and tricks to remember when you begin writing cover letters.
You might be Surprised Where it Can Take You! Posted September 29, 2014
Typically, when one thinks about the pork industry they think of working with pigs in the barns. While this is the foundation of the industry there are many more opportunities than that!
Getting Involved: Shake those hands! Posted September 22, 2014
While being a “newbie” can come with its advantages, sometimes it is hard to decide how to get involved or where to go next. Regardless, if you are new to the industry like myself or have been raising livestock since before you can remember, here are five tips on how to get involved in the industry that we all have come to love.
Show Pigs: How Showing Pigs Can Lead to a Career Posted September 15, 2014
Some people ask, “What exactly do you do with your show pig project?” It is hard to explain in-depth exactly what we do with our show pigs, but I guarantee that it is underestimated.
Resume Tips and Tricks Posted September 08, 2014
Most people new to the working world don’t realize that a resume can say a lot about someone. If it is neat and organized with some originality, an employer will probably take a second look. The average employer scans a resume for only about six seconds, so you have to make it count.
Say No to Sweatpants and Music Posted February 05, 2014
Have you ever thought about showing up for a job interview wearing your comfiest pair of sweatpants, fuzzy slippers and looking like you haven’t showered in days? The likely answer is no, at least I hope it is. But these days, we can do just that. How? The answer: phone interviews.
Don’t have time to prepare for your next interview? Think again. Posted January 02, 2014
Do you have a big interview coming up but no time to prepare? As a high school or college student, free time might not be a common word in your vocabulary. You have classes all day long; clubs and extracurricular activities consume your evenings; and the thought of getting eight hours of sleep is magical, but never happens.
Crafting A Cover Letter Posted December 18, 2013
Are you applying for a internship, but have no idea how to begin writing a good cover letter? Most job/internship applications require that a cover letter be included with the resume. Even if the company does not require one, a cover letter improves your application and sets you apart from other applicants. If you craft your words carefully and invest the necessary time, the reward will be a masterpiece that may give you a second look by a potential employer.
Interested in an internship with the National Pork Board? Posted December 10, 2013
As a college student, internships are important in today’s society to get a job after graduation. Many employers look at your internship experiences before they look at your grades. If you are a college student interested in a career within the swine industry, apply for an internship at the National Pork Board.
Wow Employers Before Your Interview. How? Your resume, of course. Posted November 27, 2013
Whether you realize it or not, your resume can be the ticket in the door to get an interview for a dream job or internship. Your resume needs to be ready at a moment’s notice, you never know when a job or internship opportunity may arise. Opportunities can catch you off guard or come up in the craziest of places.
Populating the Pipeline: How Paying Attention to the Fence can Secure the Future of the Industry Posted October 28, 2013
Over my 20 years working in human resources, I’ve often reflected about how hard it is for students to break into the field of HR. After I graduated from college and plowed my way – the long way – through this career that I love so much, I reflect on this. Now I’m in a position at National Pork Board, a company that frequently hires interns. It’s a love / hate process getting these students on board. As any HR person will tell you, the recruiting process can be laborious. Add that to the fa
If You Build It They Will Come. Posted October 17, 2013
After hours of brainstorming and talking about different options, Porksquare became a way to combine the best of those ideas.
Welcome to PorkSquare! Posted October 07, 2013
Welcome to PorkSquare! PorkSquare, presented by the Pork Checkoff, is an interactive, social media driven website that focuses on young professionals interested in swine.