With 2015 wrapping up, it’s now time to look ahead and plan for 2016.

2016 Ag Networking Calendar Blog PostNetworking is essential to success in any industry, and agriculture is no exception. Determining the cost/benefit of networking opportunities can be tricky, so to make it a little easier for you, I've developed this 2016 Ag Networking Calendar.

I went through each month and thought “if I could attend one, and ONLY one event every month this coming year, where would I go?” My answers to that question are below. You will notice I limited my list to just events in the U.S.

I don’t expect anyone to attend ALL of these (I certainly cannot), but I highly recommend going to at least one of them. Pick the event that best fits your interests, geography, and calendar. Let me know how it goes!

Few situations are more frustrating than applying for jobs and never hearing word back. Not too long ago, we posted a video about this problem. One of the reasons that this occurs, however, is because the applicant lacks the proper experience that the job requires.

Most of us have encountered this problem: the only way to get the job is experience, but the only way to get experience is to get the job. If you are applying for positions such as “Sales Manager”, “Senior Merchandiser”, or “Marketing Director” without the proper qualifications you will likely never hear back after submitting your resume.

So what do you do about it? You could just throw your hands up in the air and take the next available job that comes your way. OR, you could create a plan and take the first steps toward your ideal career.