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 »

Changes and Trends in Food & Beverage: New “MyPlate” Symbol, Trends in Health Ingredients

If there is one constant in the food & beverage industry, it’s change.  Whether the source of that change is the government or the general population, we at Kinsa Group stay on top of the issues that are important to your food & beverage organization.  Here are two key updates, in case you missed them:… Read more »

Biggest Challenges Facing HR in the Next Decade

What do you think will be the biggest challenges facing HR during the next decade? This is one of the questions posed in a poll by the Society for Human Resource Management titled “Challenges Facing Organizations and HR in the Next 10 Years.” The survey responses, gathered from 449 HR professionals, show that: Getting and… Read more »

Are Credit Checks a Legitimate Screening Tool?

The use of credit checks has grown over the last several years.  According to a 2010 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, 60 percent of employers used credit reports for some or all of their background checks. Employers use credit reports as a screening tool for a number of reasons: They believe it… Read more »

Top Priorities to Ensure Profitable Growth for Today’s Food & Beverage Industry

“If the Great Recession has taught us anything, it is that uncertainty is certain.” So say executives at Tompkins Associates, business strategy and supply chain specialists, in reference to their Top 11 Priorities for 2011.  The list identifies the following priorities food & beverage organizations should focus on on to ensure profitable growth throughout the… Read more »

USDA & HHS Guidelines Target Obesity Problem – Food & Beverage Organizations Can Be Part of the Solution

What’s the number one health crisis confronting our country? Despite what you may think, it’s not cancer, heart disease or high blood pressure.  It’s obesity.  According to an announcement accompanying the official 2010 Dietary Guidelines: “More than one-third of children and more than two-thirds of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese.” These sobering… Read more »

Why Recruiters Beat Job Boards – Hands Down

Technology vs. the human touch. When it comes to your food & beverage job search, which is better?  Job board technology is certainly efficient.  With a few clicks you easily can apply for several jobs in under an hour – all from the comfort of your own home. But that same efficiency can work against… Read more »

Using Social Media to Drive Your Business

Here are a few interesting statistics for you, from a February 2011 press release issued by small-business social network MerchantCircle: Facebook is becoming an increasingly popular way for merchants to market their business, with 70 percent using the social network for marketing, up from 50 percent one year ago. Facebook has now surpassed Google (66… Read more »

Why Food & Beverage HR Professionals Need to Participate in Social Media

Still on the fence about using social media?  Consider these statistics from the recent Cone Business in Social Media Study: 93 percent of Americans believe that a company should have a presence on social media sites. 85 percent believe that these companies should use social media to interact with consumers. 60 percent of Americans regularly… Read more »

Getting Down to Business: Job Search Strategies for Food & Beverage Executives and Professionals

Like most things in life, you’ll get out of your job search what you put into it.  Those who work harder, have a positive attitude, persevere and go the extra mile are more likely to get what they want – period. If you have the commitment to work hard, but need direction for your efforts,… Read more »