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AgCareers.com Launches New Resume Database


Clinton, NC, Nov. 10, 2010 — Agriculture employers can now locate qualified employee applicants quicker and easier with the recently launched AgCareers.com Resume Database. An upgrade from the original, the new AgCareers.com Resume Database features the same great pool of candidates in a more searchable manner. Revisions include additional search fields, ability to alter a current search, a way to further filter results and much more.

"The revamp to our Resume Database has been a key area of focus for AgCareers.com over the past few months," said Eric Spell, president of AgCareers.com. "The drive to complete this update to the database is a result of recent feedback from our clients. We are pleased with the advancements and time savers this edition will provide our clients."

While the quality of candidates has always been solid, the main goal of the update was to streamline the database for employer users. New search fields will help employers hone in on key search terms, job titles, locations, educational background and much more. With a simple to use 'and/or' button, candidates can quickly select the necessary criteria to produce tailored results.

Employers will now have the option to edit their current search if they feel that the returned results are too vague or did not return the candidates they were seeking. To further refine or dig deeper into a full listing of candidates, database users can filter their results. The 'Search Filter' functionality allows users to quickly look at a snap shot by country, location, education, etc., and see how many resumes were returned by each criteria field. From there, the employer can select one of those particular areas, such as Iowa, and review only the resumes matching the search criteria from Iowa. Employers can quickly be returned to the overall results by simply clicking off the filter.

"One of the things that we hoped to accomplish with this rebuild was to listen to what our clients wanted in the new database and how we could make the database easier to use for them," said Spell. "Through a series of feedback and testing sessions we've been able to do this."

Employers can now view more information about each candidate without having to click into their resume through an "Additional Details" button. As search results are returned, the list will include a candidate’s most recent or current job title and employer, preferred industry and career types, willingness to relocate, salary requirements, and the standard education, location and date the resume was updated.

Employers can also find additional details provided by applicants by clicking into a resume. The words used to search the resume will now be highlighted making it easier for employers to quickly scan and see the context of the keyword usage.

AgCareers.com plans to continue its progress of updates to the Resume Database with additional features in the coming months, such as a postal code radius search, searching by where candidates would like to relocate to, and a quick view of the additional details for each candidate. Also, an aggressive campaign has begun to bring more qualified resumes into the Resume Database.

"Year to date, AgCareers.com has hosted 31,025 jobs compared to 22,915 jobs in the same time frame in 2009," said Spell. "That equates to nearly a 25 percent increase in the total number of jobs posted in 2010. This trend is interesting when you consider that the number of applications to jobs remained almost constant at approximately 90,000. If this trend continues, we will quickly move from an employer market to a job seeker market. In a job seeker market, the job seeker simply has the advantage because there are more jobs than people willing to leave their current positions. This is why we feel it is critical that we continue to make improvements to the AgCareers.com site for both employers and job seekers," Spell said.


About AgCareers.com

The AgCareers.com vision is to be the leading supplier of human resource services to the agriculture, food, natural resources and biotechnology industries. The company strives to improve the industries by connecting job seekers and employers with a targeted, online tool that is economical and produces results. With presence in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, AgCareers.com has more than 7 million job views a year. Employers post more than 3,000 jobs and receive more than 9,000 applications through the site monthly. Beyond the job board, AgCareers.com offers human resource professionals a suite of products that includes the Compensation Benchmark Review, Agribusiness HR Review™, Ag HR Roundtable™, and much more. For more information, visit www.AgCareers.com.