HR Responds as Older Workers Delay Retirement

U.S. workers are working longer – and retiring later.  Why? According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s Retirement Confidence Survey (as reported by Workforce.com): about 36 percent of respondents cite the poor economy; 16 percent say their lack of faith in Social Security is forcing them to postpone retirement; 13 percent claim they simply can’t… Read more »

Assessing Executive Talent – Using Business Simulations to Augment Your Recruiting Process

Are your candidates just “talking the talk,” or can they truly “walk the walk”? Determining who a candidate really is, and what he can really do, are critical parts of a job interview.  But when it comes to evaluating executive food & beverage talent, résumés and interviews only reveal so much.  As a talent manager,… Read more »

Bipolar Beverages? Energy and Relaxation Drinks Take Beverages (and Consumers) to New Extremes

Stressed out?  Anxious?  Jet-lagged? For years consumers sought drinks laden with ingredients like caffeine, taurine, electrolytes and herbs to give them the extra energy boost they craved.  But lately, manufacturers have introduced several non-alcoholic concoctions that promise just the opposite – they help you unwind. Today, it seems it’s not enough for a drink to… Read more »

Ask These Questions to Learn About an Employer’s Corporate Culture

A job interview is a two-way street.  A hiring manager tries to find out everything he can about you, while you try to find out everything you can about the position and your potential employer. To decide whether or not you can thrive in an organization long-term, you need to learn about more than the… Read more »

Hiring Challenges? Food & Beverage Recruiters Can Help You Overcome Them

Creating a cohesive team of high-performing food & beverage professionals for your organization is no small task.  Factors like location, lack of time and a shortage of truly qualified applicants can complicate your hiring process. Here are a few common recruiting challenges food & beverage employers face, along with the ways a specialized recruiter like… Read more »

The Strategic Job Change for Food & Beverage Job Seekers

Should you stay or should you go? In a time when good jobs are harder to find, you may be tempted to just “stay put” – even if your current food & beverage position lacks the potential you desire.  But if you look at your career from a strategic point of view, there are several… Read more »

Salary Trends in 2011: the Thaw After the Big Freeze

According to SpendingPulse, Americans spent roughly 5.5% more this holiday season than last. Could it be because they’re expecting pay raises in 2011? Possibly.  A recent Workforce Management article included results from a number of surveys which showed pay increases running as high as 3% in 2011, with an average increase of 2.7%.  After two to… Read more »

How to Handle Unusual Interview Questions

It’s like a bad dream. You’re in an interview, dressed to impress and feeling totally in control of the situation, when the unthinkable happens – the interviewer asks a question that completely stumps you:  “If you could have dinner with anyone from history, whom would it be and why?” “Why is a manhole cover round?” “Which… Read more »

Tips for Capturing the Rapidly-Growing Hispanic Market

According to projections made by the non-partisan Pew Research Center, Hispanics will comprise approximately 29% of the U.S. population by 2050. The question is, how will your organization capture its share of this rapidly-growing market? Over the past few years, research from a number of different organizations, including the Unilever Corporation a TNS study entitled the Hispanic… Read more »

Hiring: Tips for Writing Effective Candidate Rejection Letters

These days, competition for positions in the food and beverage industry is fierce.  With a greater number of candidates vying for fewer openings, you may find yourself having to say “No” more often.  Needless to say, writing rejection letters can be an unpleasant and stressful part of the hiring process. But even when you can’t offer a job… Read more »