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"Just" a Farm Kid ....

Postby S.S.A.P. » Fri Aug 02, 2013 1:24 pm

‘Just’ a farm kid is a job prospect extraordinaire
By Rudy Taylor

While attending a job fair last week where Taylor Newspapers manned a booth, I met lots of job seekers. Some brought resumes.

Others just moseyed by, picked up the free stuff on our table and asked a few questions. But one young woman created a memory for me. She was a senior in high school, seeking summer employment before starting to a community college in the fall.

“Are you hiring?” she asked.
We said probably not, but we’re always looking for good resources, such as part-time photographers and writers.
“We’d be happy to take your resume,” I told her.
Then she said something that stuck with me.

“I’m afraid my resume wouldn’t be too impressive,” she said. “I’ve spent all my life working on my parents’ farm. I go to school in the daytime and do chores morning and night.”


I told her to go home and create a resume, and write down exactly what she had told me.

As a farm girl, one who has driven a tractor since she was 12, one who has cleaned out barns, scooped grain until her back ached, fed chickens, pigs, cattle and goats --- this girl knows the meaning of work.

She knows about dependability and getting jobs done on time. The morning school bus won’t wait until a farm kid finishes those chores. They’ll be done on time or the young student will miss that all-important ride.

A young person, who has put up hay, helped her dad and mother in the farrowing house or candled eggs has something more than words to jot on a resume.

Farm kids don’t need to take art appreciation classes in school. They witness picturesque landscapes, sunrises and changes in seasons as they grow up.

They ride horses, drive four-wheelers and neatly stack big bales at the edge of meadows. They fish in their ponds, learn to handle firearms and shoot deer, rabbits and turkeys. They work as a family in the garden, raising, harvesting and canning their own vegetables.

Farm kids learn to keep good records on their livestock. When they raise and sell a 4-H calf, they can calculate the profit gained after deducting feed, vet medicines and other costs. They typically know how to stand on their own two feet and give project talks, or give oral reasons for judging a class of lambs or swine. Many of them earn leadership roles in church, 4-H or FFA, so they can moderate a meeting to perfection using Roberts Rules of Order.

They learn early in life the tactics of conservation --- how to keep topsoil from washing into Oklahoma; how to plant wind barriers and how to recognize grass-cheating weeds that need sprayed.

Any farm kid can handle a paint brush, spade a garden, pull worms from tomato plants, gather hen eggs, mow grass, groom animals and take one grain of wheat, bite down on it and determine if it’s time to start the combine.

And, this girl thinks her resume might be lackluster?

Oh, I don’t think so.

Put her to work in a hardware store, newspaper office or grocery store, and she will enter the front door looking for things to do.

It’s that way with kids who grow up as farm and ranch kids.

Their resume is written on their foreheads and in their hearts.

They should never apologize.


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Postby Faster horses » Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:24 pm

That was a terrific piece, SSAP. Thanks for sharing,

I worked for some people that put out a weekly shopper paper and did job printing. They maintained that the employees that came from a ranch or farm background was their best help.
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Postby Soapweed » Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:56 pm

Very good, SSAP. Thanks for helping all of us agriculturalists to appreciate our roots. :-)

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Postby corncob » Fri Aug 02, 2013 8:47 pm

Anyone who would overlook her resume is unworthy to employ her.
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Postby burnt » Sat Aug 03, 2013 4:06 am

That was very powerful SSAP, one of the best articles I've read in a while. Thanks for posting that story.
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Postby Nicky » Sat Aug 03, 2013 7:09 am

I like it, sounds like something Paul Harvey would've wrote.

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Postby Red Barn Angus » Sat Aug 03, 2013 3:19 pm

Great article SSAP. That should be in every newspaper in the country and at every college jobs fair. And anywhere else one can think to post it.

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Postby MN Farm Girl » Mon Aug 05, 2013 4:05 pm

As a college student that attends those job fairs and talks with industry people looking for jobs; I understand where this young woman is coming from. As a farm kid myself, and now a young woman working for a ranch in SD during the summer, my resume is less than perfect. I have received that comment many times from companies that I have interviewed with and talked too. They tell me that I lack experience in the field. It is truly sad how hard this article hits home.

More need to see the good in the kids that work their tails off day in and day out to make a dollar on the family farm or ranch. Thank you so much for posting this.
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