Is Your Resume “Killer” – or Is It Killing Your Food & Beverage Career?

What’s the difference between a resume that yields an embarrassment of riches and one that’s, well, just an embarrassment? Where do we start? Whether you’re in operations or sales, a C-suite executive or a product manager, the primary goal of your resume is to convert (i.e., land you interviews for great positions with leading food… Read more »

Have You Ever Experienced the Dreaded Panel Interview from a Potential Food & Beverage Employer?

The good news?  You’ve been called in for an interview. The bad news?  It’s the dreaded panel interview. Fielding questions from not one, but an entire team of interviewers is enough to put even the most stalwart candidate’s stomach in knots.  After all, whether or not you land the position will depend largely upon how… Read more »

Walking Through Fire: Tips for Handling a Counter Offer from your Food & Beverage Employer the RIGHT Way

Receiving a counter offer from your food & beverage employer is flattering.  And tempting.  Watching your boss scramble to keep you in the fold by offering more money and/or responsibility certainly sounds like a good deal – but is it really the right choice? Probably not.  Here’s why: Your reputation with your boss may be… Read more »

Your Political Balance Sheet

How is a run for the White House like your quest for career development? To succeed in either endeavor, you need the right people in your corner. When it comes to furthering your food & beverage career, having the right mentors, sponsors and advocates on your side can mean the difference between stagnation and success:… Read more »

Looking to Leave Your Position as Food Plant Manager and Start Fresh in Supply Chain? Great Tips on How to Transition Between Careers Successfully

It happens to the best of us. At one point or another, most professionals seek greener pastures within the food & beverage industry.  Some change professions to broaden their experience base; some change careers so that their innate aptitudes more closely match their job; others make the switch because they wake up one morning and… Read more »

How to Explain Résumé Gaps in a Job Interview

You’re a perfect fit. You have the right skills, the perfect amount of food & beverage experience and top notch references for this job. Unfortunately, you also have a six-month employment gap on your résumé. Whether it’s due to personal or professional reasons, a gap in your résumé is a potential red flag to a… Read more »

Food & Beverage Hiring: Determining a Job Candidate’s Ethics

Would you hire a production manager who “cuts corners” to meet tight deadlines? Would you hire a food safety manager who occasionally “bends the rules” when it comes to refrigeration guidelines? Certainly not.  Solid ethics are vitally important to your organization’s success. Unfortunately, however, intangibles like ethical standards are typically the most difficult characteristics to… Read more »

Ring—Ring! How to Handle Difficult Phone Interview Questions from a Recruiter

Are you in or are you out? By the end of a brief phone interview, this is what your potential employer will have decided. You have just a few minutes to convince an interviewer that you’re worthy of a face-to-face meeting.  Make sure you do everything possible to create a great first impression and keep… Read more »