Optimize Your Food & Beverage Quality / Food Safety Resume

April 29, 2014 in Career and Job Search Tips, Resume Tips



Wouldn’t you love to be able to read a recruiter’s mind – and know exactly what he wants to see on your food & beverage resume?

We have the information you need.

Today, Kinsa is starting a series of resume optimization posts, each dedicated to a specific professional job category within the food & beverage industry. Our recruiters have shared below what they and their clients look for in Food & Beverage Quality and Food Safety resumes:

From Robert Navarro:

  • SQF [Safe Quality Food] accomplishments. If you have administered (or are maintaining) an SQF level 1, 2 or 3 certification, or if you have the SQF Practitioner certification, list these.
  • Work environment details. Clarify whether you worked in a corporate or plant setting and (if applicable) the size and number of plants.
  • Specialized experience. Detail your lab experience, nutritional labeling experience, supervisory experience and microbiology testing capabilities.

From Russell Lilly:

  • Measurable accomplishments. Quantify and include things like documents created, processes developed and implemented, or cost savings achieved by catching products out of specification before shipment.
  • Company and market description. For each employer, create a brief overview of the company, as well as their position within the market.

From Nancy Furgason:

  • Keywords. If applicable, incorporate the following terms throughout your resume:
    • SPC [Statistical Process Control]
    • Pest control
    • HACCP [Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points]
    • FDA or USDA regulations
    • Compliance
    • GLPs [Good Laboratory Practices]
    • GMPs [Good Manufacturing Practices],
    • SOPs [Standard Operating Procedures]
    • Food Safety concepts and practices
    • Auditing (internal and external)
    • Supplier evaluation
    • Traceability [food origin] – inspection of incoming materials/ingredients and risk management protocol in place if a recall is necessary
  • Demonstrate authority. Describe cases where you had to place a quality control hold on a product, or enforce a proper quality-related procedure with people other than your direct reports.
  • Undergraduate and Master degrees. Clients typically look for Food Science, Food Technology, Biology, Chemistry and Microbiology degrees.

Looking for more executive food & beverage resume advice?

Check out these earlier posts from Kinsa: