After several months of fine-tuning, World-Grain.com is launching its on-line Job Center, a comprehensive Internet resource dedicated exclusively to career opportunities in the grain handling, feed and grain processing industries.
The grain industry has become increasingly connected on an international level over the past several years. Increased trade activity and the Internet have made these interactions possible. So now, the product isn't the only thing marketable on an international level — so are jobs and job skills. The World Grain Job Center is designed to bring job seekers and employers to a single, industry-specific, international resource.
Accessible via the World-Grain.com homepage (or directly at www.World-Grain.com/jobcenter), the Job Center offers services to both job seekers and employers. Job hunters can post resumes online at no cost and be assured that companies around the world all have access to it.
The Job Center helps professionals from operations and production staff to senior executives in all segments of the industry find employment opportunities worldwide, according to Tammy Johnson, Internet advertising manager for World-Grain.com.
"Job seekers can create a user name and password which enables them to search current job openings and update their resume," Johnson said. "Resumes are posted for 90 days; however, that time period can be extended by contacting Job Center customer service."
To address privacy concerns, there is also an option to withhold your name from the posted resume form. These so-called "blind" resumes feature only your city, state and country.
The Job Center's database contains a collection of jobs that are specific to the grain, milling and feed industry, so it enables job seekers to search by location, job category and keyword.
Resume applicants are encouraged to also take advantage of the Job Center's job notification service, which sends you e-mail notifications when job opportunities that match your career interests are posted to the site.
Although there is a fee for employers to post available positions and search resumes, there are many possible membership options for companies to explore. The growing surge toward connectivity and international interaction is being led by the Internet; hence, it is becoming a more common avenue to search for a new job, said Rachelle Thomas, World-Grain.com site manager.
"The online employment market continues to grow rapidly," Thomas said. "Job hunters now regularly search online classifieds for new positions."
She added, "With the shortage of qualified workers, there are many jobs to fill. Job Center allows employers to increase their visibility and fill jobs fast. This brings the candidate and employer together which will serve them both more effectively."
Posting a position on the Job Center guarantees that your job descriptions are seen by a pool of candidates with experience or interest in this specialized field. The Job Center also provides extra services to promote your company's positions, such as including customized company storefronts and links to your company's web site.
"Job Center memberships are a cost-effective solution in comparison with traditional recruiting methods," Thomas said. "Your cost-per-hire is lower while the quality and number of candidates you reach can significantly increase."
Although it didn't launch until this month, several resumes were received earlier and posted as soon as the site was launched.
Alejandro Galan submitted his resume in mid-December. After 13 years working for Gruma, Mexico, as a purchasing manager for corn flour plant construction, business slowed and he was forced to look for a new job.
Galan said he was excited to learn about the Job Center and expects it to help him find a job, noting that he would also recommend this service to others within the industry.
With such a new service, World Grain anticipated many questions and has provided two comprehensive lists of frequently asked questions — one for job seekers and one for employers and recruiters. Use this information to guide you through your first visit to World Grain's Job Center.
For job seekers, employers and recruiters, the Job Center promises to connect qualified, trained and industry-interested employees with competitive employers. For more information, contact Christina Medina in the U.S. at +1-816-756-1000.