AgJobs4U Connects Employees and Ag Businesses
March 16, 2017
AgJobs4U.com Helps Workers and Farmers
By Brian German, Associate Broadcaster
Two years ago, Josh Pitigliano encountered a problem when coming into harvest season. He didn't have enough qualified labor for his almond orchard. Timing is critical during almond harvest, and Josh had sweepers and pickup machines parked because of a lack of labor. That was the motivator for establishing AgJobs4U.com, a website that connects motivated employees to successful agriculture businesses.
Josh offered some insight as to how the website works. "We are connecting farmers to employees and making that connection through a profile that the employee can create, that gives them access to a job board," Josh said.
Last year at the World Ag Expo, Josh and his wife, Jennifer, officially launched AgJobs4U.com, and the website has been gaining momentum ever since. There are over 4,000 job seekers in the database this year.
Jennifer said, “We have a handful that are outside of California, but we're focused really on California to make sure that we're doing a good job and offering a good service here before we would potentially expand out."
Josh said the website has an overall goal of going national sometime in the future.
The website boasts that it was “created by a farmer, for a farmer, to alleviate the stress of finding skilled agricultural workers.” They have a wide variety of positions listed on the website. "Anything from irrigator checker, milker, feeder, mechanic, harvester, driver, specialized jobs like a shaker driver, to a bookkeeper, front secretary, packing house personnel, even PCAs," Josh said.
Employers can purchase a subscription that will give them unlimited access to the database of employees available for immediate hire. Employers can also post a job that is available in order to create a pool of candidates. “For an employer, it works two different ways,” Jennifer said. “They can either wait to see who contacts them, or who has a profile in the database. ... It's beneficial for an employer to post a job, in addition to extracting people out of the database.”
The website is designed to be easy to navigate and fill the needs of both employers as well as those looking for ag jobs. “When an employer puts a job on the job board, they have the choice, too, of whether it's a part-time or full-time job,” Jennifer said. “That way, in case someone is looking for another job to supplement their current job, they have access to do that.”
AgJobs4U.com also helps to bridge the language barrier by offering a Spanish language option on the site. “Right at the top right of the website, with the click of a button, it will translate the whole website over to Spanish. ... That way, me as someone who only speaks English, I can still find that person for that job by easing that translation barrier that's between the two of us,” Jennifer said.
The company is 100% web-based. It is also very mobile sensitive, so employers and potential employees alike can use their smartphones to navigate the site. AgJobs4U.com is all about getting the right person for the right agricultural position. "It is the American way,” Jennifer said. “People are trying to improve themselves, and if we give them the ability to do that by connecting them to different farmers, then at the end of the day, it's a good job.”