Growing up on a Saskatchewan farm has always been a competitive advantage for young people entering the workforce.
They were renowned for their work ethic and practical common sense, traits that were requisites if you were to survive your formative years.
As a result, employers have always hoped that their inbox would include a job application from a kid who was raised in an agricultural setting.
While there are fewer and fewer farm kids these days –which makes the job of recruiters more difficult –the competitive advantage is still a thing.
Today’s advantage – in the absence of an abundance of farm-raised young people – is very 2023. It is a willingness to work in an office.
The COVID-induced WFH (or work-from-home concept) is today’s differentiator in job interviews. Applicants are being asked if they are willing to come into the office or if they’d prefer working from home.
Those who express an eagerness to go to the office are the farm kids of today. Employers are picking – and more likely to promote – the ones looking to become part of the workplace culture in person.