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 »

Networking Your Way to a New Job – How to Network Your Way up the Ladder Like a Pro!

Are you looking to move from a plant level job to a corporate food & beverage position? Are you a food scientist who wants to move up the ladder and become a VP of R & D? Whatever your career aspirations, networking can help you achieve your goals.  If you want to get promoted, or… 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 »

Whether You’re the Corporate EHS Manager or a Laboratory Scientist – a Safe Work Environment Starts with You

What’s the best way to create a safer food & beverage workplace? Start by creating a strong “safety culture.”  According to OSHA, creating a culture of safety has the single greatest impact on accident reduction of any process.  Why?  A strong safety culture is more than just a motto.  It’s a system of shared beliefs,… 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 »

Food & Beverage Hiring: Determining a Job Candidate’s Ethics

Would you hire a production manager who “cuts corners” to meet tight deadlines? Would you hire a food safety manager who occasionally “bends the rules” when it comes to refrigeration guidelines? Certainly not.  Solid ethics are vitally important to your organization’s success. Unfortunately, however, intangibles like ethical standards are typically the most difficult characteristics to… 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 to Retain and Inspire Top Talent, Even in this Tough Economy

If you’ve watched the news lately, or followed the markets, you’ve probably found the economic data as puzzling and disconcerting as I have.  Up one day, way down the next.  One economic analyst talks about a slow recovery, the other warns us of the next recession.  The roller coaster we’re on isn’t showing any signs… 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 »