Where Will Your Cover Letter Take You?

A carefully crafted cover letter can put you at the top of a recruiter’s “hot” list. A generic or sloppy one? That will send you directly to the “reject” pile. So ask yourself this important question: In its current state, where will your cover letter take you? A few weeks ago, Kinsa Group shared advice… Read more »

Does Your Cover Letter Make Hiring Managers Cringe – or Smile?

Generic opening lines? Boring rehash of your resume? Typos? YIKES! If you want to make a hiring manager cringe (and promptly send you a rejection letter), commit one of the cover letter mistakes above. But if you want to make a hiring manager smile (and promptly call you for an interview), use these expert tips… Read more »

The Rearview Mirror: Improve Food & Beverage Hiring Success by Looking Back

Need to replace a bad hire? Revamp an existing role? Create an entirely new position? Try taking a look back to move your company forward. When it comes to hiring exceptional food & beverage professionals, a position’s history can be just as important as other hiring factors. In fact, “looking in the rearview mirror” can… Read more »

Unemployment Discrimination in the Food & Beverage Industry – It happens more often (and more quickly) than you might think

How long do you have before being unemployed starts negatively impacting your ability to find a food & beverage job? Try one month. A new research article suggests that employers think less of unemployed job candidates – no matter how briefly they’ve been out of work, and regardless of whether they’ve quit or been laid… Read more »

“We’re Sorry, You’re Too Qualified for This Position” – Whether applying for a process engineer or a quality assurance manager position, the concern is the same

Does being overqualified for a food & beverage position mean that you’ll be disqualified from consideration? Not if you handle the interview right. True, many employers are reluctant to hire overqualified candidates.  Recruiters fear that an overqualified employee will be dissatisfied, demand more money, expect fast promotion or even jump ship. As a job seeker,… Read more »

When it Comes to Work/Life Issues, Men and Women are More Alike than Different

Men and women are different in many ways.  But when it comes to work/life balance issues, they apparently share several of the same concerns. Results from a WorldatWork fall 2010 research study conflict with a previously wide-held assumption about the differences between men and women – namely, that male identity is rooted in work, while… 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 »

Make Balance a Priority

Smart work/life balance tips to reduce stress and give you more time Meetings.  Soccer practice.  Long hours.  Project deadlines.  Yard work. Given all the responsibilities you have both on the job and at home, you may feel that a healthy work/life balance is unrealistic right now:  spending more time at work may cause you to… Read more »

Budget-Friendly Holiday Gift Ideas

‘Tis the season to give gifts once again.  And if you’re like most people, this year you’ll be sticking to a budget.  But don’t let spending limits cramp your gift-giving style.  You can still buy some pretty great presents for under $20, if you put your thinking cap on. So if you can’t bear to… Read more »

Unconventional Job Search Tactics for Food & Beverage Industry Professionals

What would you do to get the job you want? These days, I’m seeing more and more news stories about the lengths people are going to in order to get hired.  Here are just a few: Walking the city streets while wearing a sandwich board that lists your professional credentials; Renting billboard space to promote… Read more »