Ask Yourself These Questions Before You Quit Your Job

Increased Processing to Match U.S. Milk Output

Novus on Addressing Customer Pain Points for Profitability



Ask Yourself These Questions Before You Quit Your Job
We all need money and job security to get by, but for some reason, you feel ready to throw caution to the wind and send in your 30-day notice. As a recruiter, I should be urging you to take that blind leap, shouldn't I? But here's the thing. I won't do that. Instead, I'll ask you to answer a couple of questions that I found in an article from Career Sherpa, but originally published on US News & World Report.

Why Do You Want To Quit?
I have heard a number of people talk on and on about why they want to leave, citing shallow reasons as to why they want to move to another company. Instead of giving tons of shallow reasons, dig deep and search for three concrete reasons. This will help you to evaluate what you are looking for in your next job.

Can I Get What I Want In My Current Company?
Your relationship with your company is just like a marriage. You should consider counseling before divorce. Figure out if there is a way to get what you want where you are. Talk to your manager or other higher-ups, as they might have a solution to your woes.

What Is The Best Exit Strategy?
Sure, you could throw caution to the wind and hand in your resignation notice effective today. However, you might want to ask yourself if this is a smart move. By all means, come up with a reasonable time table and try to hit your deadline for the big move. Also, I would suggest leaving your current employer on good terms. It is never wise to "burn bridges" in the animal nutrition industry, as it is a small community.

How Can I Survive On My Severance Pay?
Let's say that you decided to quit before landing a new job. If that's the case, then you should spend wisely. Never wait until you use up your severance check before looking for new employment. Ideally, you should have at least six months of savings to tide you over.

Who Can I Turn To For Job Opportunities?
If you're looking for jobs in the animal nutrition industry, that's where recruitment firms come in. Yes, you could ask friends and family for recommendations. However, in most cases, recruitment firms have confidential job orders that we do not release to the public.

What Companies Are Best Suited For Me?
Let's go back to your answers to the first question. Your ideal company would provide you with the opportunities you are looking for, have a vision and mission that matches yours, and be well-established enough so you need not worry about stability. Recruitment firms specialize in making client-candidate matches for other reasons, like culture fit, as well.

At this point, you should be able to determine if quitting is a wise choice. If you have decided that moving to another company is the best decision and you are looking for animal nutrition employment options, let us know.
DAN SIMMONS, CPC, Sr. Recruiter
Continental Search is owned by Daniel C. Simmons, a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) who has been recruiting since 1991. In December 2015, Dan celebrated his 650th career placement. Dan has won more than 20 awards from Top Echelon Network, America's leading placement network, including Placer of the Year in 2009 and the prestigious Million Dollar Award. He is also a member of the National Association of Personnel Services. Dan has been a recruiter in the animal feed industry since 2002.
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Increased Processing to Match U.S. Milk Output
The rate of U.S. milk production increases by 3 billion pounds each year, based on an article from The Dairy Site. The milk yield has grown so much that producers are having difficulty coping with processing.

Ben Laine, who is a Cobank senior dairy economist, claims that dairy processors have to handle an every-growing supply of milk and they must anticipate the optimal product mix to address the demand. He says that over the next ten years, the U.S. will need to process an additional 27 billion pounds of milk if the trend continues.

There are various growth opportunities in the milk industry. A number of independent processors and cooperatives have focused their time and funds to build and expand milk powder processing plants. In the Midwest, there are a number of companies that have opted to build or expand their cheese-making plants.

U.S. milk production will not slow down any time soon. The best thing to do would be to increase processing capacity to match its pace. However, processors are urged to watch consumer demand closely, both international and domestic demands, to be precise. Here is a link to the full article and one for the Cobank report.

Continental Search is the best source for the freshest dairy industry jobs, industry news, and updates relevant to the animal science industry. You may also follow #ContinentalSearch on Facebook and LinkedIn for dairy job openings in your area and other jobs in animal nutrition.

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.

Send Rick your resume at Call him at (302) 544-9288.

Novus on Addressing Customer Pain Points for Profitability
With the recent NCC rules laid out, we were keen to hear about what other producers had to say about quality. Sarah Mikesell, senior editor for The Poultry Site, spoke to Ed Galo, the managing editor for Novus International's North American division.

Galo says that their profitability relies on focusing on drivers or pain points of customers. He adds that Novus International's goal is to position themselves in a way where they can address these pain points. Presently, these drivers include gut health, food safety, sustainability, animal well-being, environmental issues, and antibiotic-free production.

Switching to an antibiotic-free production comes with certain challenges, especially in the form of enteric disorders. Galo seems confident that Novus will deliver, as he says the company "has value-added technologies to help and an understanding of the gut and gut health."

Here is a link to the full article. Please visit our company website for more poultry industry news. Follow #ContinentalSearch on LinkedIn and Facebook for jobs in the poultry industry and other employment opportunities in animal health and nutrition.

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

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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