Is "The Perfect Fit" a Myth?

U.S. Milk Production Climbs Higher

Broiler House Air Quality Helps Reduce S. Heidelberg Colonization




Is "The Perfect Fit" a Myth?
Perfection is something that humans strive to achieve. Be it the perfect life partner, friendships or in the business world, candidates, perfection plays a key factor.

The "perfect fit" sounds so ideal that it has made many a company pass on promising talent in search of someone who crosses out all the items in their checklist. This makes recruiters wonder if perfection is attainable or if it is just a myth.

Factors to Consider

Companies search for talent to fit their search description as closely as possible. This is true for low-level jobs and even more so for executive positions. Regardless of how hard it is to find ideal candidates due to the current state of the economy, most companies still pass on potential superstars in the hopes of finding "Mr. or Miss Right." Below are some factors that contribute to companies searching for the "perfect fit."

Employers are cautious
It is always good to instill a fair amount of caution when screening a potential candidate. However, some businesses take so much time to analyze if a person is a good fit for the company. Over-analyzing could lead to the loss of a potential superstar candidate. It will not help with regards to company growth, as well.

Working with what they have
Some companies will delegate tasks to the employees they currently employ. While this can save the company money, it might not be the best decision retention-wise. Leaving an important position for too long and having current staff balance extra tasks with their workload can backfire. This can lead to burnout and can increase employee attrition in the long run.

Looking for candidates with similar work experience
A company might want candidates who have performed the same tasks at their last place of employment.  To be fair, companies might prefer that type of talent because they want employees who can "hit the ground running," as it will save time and effort since only a minimal amount of training will be necessary. This saves the employer a significant amount of time and money. However, redundancy might not suit the new hire. He or she might have taken the job to learn new skills.

The perfect candidate may or may not be out there. It is up to the company to hold out and wait for this person or hire promising talent that might require a bit of extra training and onboarding. My advice to hiring managers is to get creative and to learn to spot potential.

U.S. Milk Production Climbs Higher

Dairy Herd Management is one of my go-to sites for the latest dairy industry news. I recently stopped by and found an article that talks about the upward climb of U.S. milk production based on the April 2017 Milk Production Report from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

According to the USDA report, there is an increase of milk per cow by 24 pounds or 336 million pounds if you consider total production. April marks the sixth consecutive month of the rise in milk cow numbers. As of April, the total dairy herd is at 9.39 million head. This is a level that has not been seen since 1995.

With regard to milk prices, it has dropped $1.60 per hundredweight from January to March. The second quarter is expected to experience the lowest drop of milk prices, but producers should not worry, as there is strong foreign demand for U.S. milk. This is why 2017's milk price is expected to be higher than 2016's $16.24 per hundredweight.

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Rick Pascual recruits in dairy nutrition for feed companies and their suppliers across the USA. Rick joined Continental Search in January 2015 and has successfully filled a number of searches for nutritionists, sales, and sales management for leading companies.
After completing coursework and a grueling exam, Rick became a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) in November 2015, as well as a Professional Recruiting Consultant (PRC) by AIRS in April 2016. Visit his LinkedIn profile for more information and to stay updated with news about recent dairy trends.

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Broiler House Air Quality Helps Reduce S. Heidelberg Colonization
An article I found on The Poultry Site will prove to be important to poultry producers who worry about salmonella outbreaks. Based on the results of a study that was presented at the 2017 International Poultry Scientific Forum, improved air quality in broiler houses can help lessen the chance of an S. Heidelberg outbreak.

S. Heidelberg is commonly found in the meat of poultry animals. In the U.S. and Canada, it is one of the leading causes of live chicken infections. However, it can also be found in turkeys. In humans, the common signs and symptoms of salmonella infection include abdominal cramps, fever, and diarrhea.

Researchers assessed the different routes of infection that S. Heidelberg might take to infect broilers for this study. One thousand day-old chicks were inoculated through oral, trachea, eye, cloaca, and subcutaneous routes. This was done at a university poultry farm. Based on the results, recovery of S. Heidelberg was greatest from trachea inoculation.

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Trish Valenzuela specializes in recruiting for poultry feed additive companies. She has filled positions in technical support, sales, and sales management across the USA.

Trish joined Continental Search in July 2015 and
through hard study, she passed two certification programs. She is now a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and a Professional Recruiting Consultant (PRC).
Visit her LinkedIn profile to connect with her and stay updated with current poultry trends. Trish can be reached at (302) 248-8242, through LinkedIn, or at



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