Bouncing Back After a Layoff

Shock. Anger. Self-doubt. Grief. Being laid off triggers a complex mix of emotions that can rattle even the most stalwart professional. After all, a layoff is one of the most challenging experiences you can face in your professional career. If you’ve been handed a pink slip, it’s perfectly natural to feel powerless – even jealous… Read more »

Is That Even Legal? How to Field “Questionable” Food & Beverage Interview Questions

You expect to be asked informational, behavioral and even “curve ball” questions in a food & beverage interview. But illegal interview questions? Yes, you need to be prepared to skillfully address those, too. Whether they’re inexperienced, improperly trained or just plain unscrupulous, some interviewers will ask questions that violate the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s… Read more »

The Student Becomes the Teacher: Reverse Mentoring for Millennials

“Experience is the best teacher.” Really? The expression may apply to school yard lessons, but definitely not to reverse mentoring. In recent years, leading food & beverage employers have begun realizing the benefits of “mentoring up” – in which high-performing (albeit less-experienced) professionals mentor senior managers or executives. Why is reverse mentoring gaining popularity? With… Read more »

Eenie Meenie Miney Mo?

The rhyme is fine for choosing team members on the playground… …but definitely not a smart approach for landing a mentor. A mentor in the food & beverage industry is an indispensable partner who can help you chart a clear career path, broaden your network and fast-track your professional development. If you want to accelerate… Read more »

Is That Executive Food & Beverage Job Really the Right Career Move?

You arrive at your food & beverage interview dressed to impress. Prepped with talking points to position yourself as a standout candidate. And ready to put your best foot forward. Guess what? That recruiter is trying to impress you, too. In today’s job market, food & beverage employers invest substantial time and effort to make… Read more »

Be the CEO of Your Food & Beverage Career

Here’s a fun career fact from the Bureau of Labor Statistics which you may find interesting: The average person will hold 11.7 jobs between age 18 and 48. That’s an average of one new job every three years! Every time you change jobs, you have an opportunity to increase your level of responsibility, broaden your… Read more »

Get in the Fast Lane: Accelerate Food & Beverage Career Growth with a Mentor

Looking for better ways to move to the top of your field, land a promotion or earn a raise? Here’s a hint: don’t go solo! From time to time all of us (especially early career professionals) need a little guidance from a trusted advisor. A mentor can be an invaluable partner in creating career momentum… Read more »

From Awful to All-Star: How to Dramatically Improve Your Food & Beverage LinkedIn Profile (part 2)

If used correctly, your LinkedIn profile can be a powerful career-building tool – helping you to expand your professional network, showcase your experience and uncover new employment opportunities. But if you use it incorrectly? The social media platform can make you look like a bumbling wannabe. Are you committing these LinkedIn profile mistakes? A few… Read more »