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 »

Help Your New Food & Beverage Hires Succeed: Anticipate their challenges to help them reach their (and your company’s!) goals

You’ve done everything right up to this point. Your know your new plant controller has the ideal skills, experience and personality to succeed.  You’ve thoroughly checked his references and background.  He’s enthusiastic about the opportunity and you’re excited to bring him on board. He’ll be a success, for sure…right? Don’t just “hope for the best”… 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 »

Questions You Aren’t Asking – But Should Be!

Could asking few simple questions help you land your next food & beverage job? Absolutely.  Here’s why. An interviewer judges the questions you ask as carefully as the answers you give.  Asking irrelevant or ubiquitous questions (i.e., what are the work hours for this position?) shows a lack of preparation for the interview (and a… 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 »

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 »

How And Why To Update Your Resume Even If You’re Employed

Keeping your resume current is important to your continued career development.  But unless you’re actively looking for a job, the daily demands of life, home and work can easily push this updating process down on your priority list.  If you haven’t reviewed your resume  in over a year, here are just a few good reasons why you should take… Read more »

Employers Recognize the Need for Benefits that Appeal to a Multi-generational Workforce

American employers are faced with a difficult balancing act – attracting new talent, while also holding onto experienced workers.  Achieving this balance is driving employers to create financial benefit plans that appeal to workers of all ages. According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Workforce Benefits Report (published April, 2011): 94 percent of 650 C-level… Read more »

HR Responds as Older Workers Delay Retirement

U.S. workers are working longer – and retiring later.  Why? According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s Retirement Confidence Survey (as reported by Workforce.com): about 36 percent of respondents cite the poor economy; 16 percent say their lack of faith in Social Security is forcing them to postpone retirement; 13 percent claim they simply can’t… Read more »