…when it comes to landing the executive food & beverage job you want, that is.
The cruel truth? Research from TheLadders.com shows that, on average, your resume gets just six seconds’ worth of scrutiny from a recruiter.
You deserve better than that, and there’s a simple trick to capturing – and keeping – a recruiter’s attention:
Quantify your accomplishments.
Facts, figures and numbers stand out on your resume, because they really allow hiring authorities to picture:
- the level of work you were involved in;
- the amount of responsibility you carried;
- how well you met or exceeded expectations.
Make it easy for recruiters to find the information they need. On your food & beverage resume, be sure to highlight relevant numbers to prove you’re the right candidate for the position. Here are a few examples for a wide range of functional areas:
- size of revenue generated
- amount or percent of revenue increase or cost-savings achieved
- size of P&L responsibility
- size of budget managed
- size of staff managed and titles of direct reports
- number of employees in the plant
- favorable statistics related to employee productivity, performance, retention and/or internal promotion
- size of the plant (either in number of employees or square feet)
- number of production lines in the plant
Operations / production accomplishments:
- number of operating shifts overseen
- efficiency / productivity increases
- percent up-time
- volume of production / yields achieved
Food safety accomplishments:
- scores for audits, as well as improvement from previous plant audit scores
- certifications achieved (Organic, Kosher, SQF, etc.)
Sales / marketing accomplishments:
- sales increases / profit increases
- size of territory managed
- number of products managed
- number of new clients added
- number / types of new products launched, as well as sales / performance stats for those products
- include a full or partial P&L if possible to quantify achievements.
Sourcing / procurement / purchasing accomplishments:
- savings increases per unit
- quantify hedging successes
- annual spend / budget
Want more great advice for your professional food & beverage resume?
Read these earlier posts to find out what Kinsa recruiters and their clients look for in Food Science resumes, Plant Operations Manager / Food Production resumes, Food & Beverage Supply Chain / Logistics resumes, Food & Beverage Sales resumes, Food & Beverage Quality and Food Safety resumes and Food & Beverage Sourcing / Procurement resume