Job Hunting 101: How to get a job in the food and beverage industry

According to a survey conducted by INC, 73 percent of job seekers are stressed as a result of their job search. Your goal is to be in the remaining 27%!

There are 7,600 food processing businesses in Canada, so there are plenty of job options for you. (Food Processing Skills Canada). Careful planning, dedication, and commitment are three essential ingredients for lowering job search stress and increasing your chances of landing a position.

In this article, we’ll share important tips for making your job search go more smoothly.

Create a target list of companies

Sending out tons of resumes to different companies is not the best strategy. Firstly, your resume will not be tailored to a specific job and it is possible that a recruiter will not see it. Secondly, even if you land a job you may discover later that you are not a good fit for the company, then it’s back to job hunting… Creating a target list of companies will help you avoid these problems! Start by choosing companies that interest you, then move on to learning more about them and looking for job openings. Once you have found the companies you like most, tailor your resume for the job (and company) you want. Learn how to create a target list of companies by following the step-by-step instructions in this article from The Balance Careers. 

400+ resume action words (plus 100 power verbs recruiters love to see)

Recruiters usually spend six seconds looking at a candidate’s resume. Although six seconds may not seem like much, it is enough for a recruiter to understand whether you are a good fit for the role. Using power words will help enhance the readability of your resume and leave a lasting impression on the recruiter. For example, Jobscan recommends using words like “Teamed up” and “Oversaw” instead of “Participated” and “Managed”.

10 tips to help you network like a pro

Everybody talks about networking, but why is it so important? Networking gives you the opportunity to learn more about the industry, connect with successful people in your field, and gain insight from those who have worked in the business for a long time. According to TopResume, 60% of jobs are found through networking – not online.

Watch Emilie Aries, the founder and CEO of Bossed Up, offer tips on how to network online. Learn how to conduct research into who you should contact, write a professional email, and tell your job search story.

People networking on the phone

What to say when reaching out to a hiring manager online

A young man shaking a hand of the recruiter

Moving to an online setting opened up so many opportunities for job seekers. After creating a target list of companies and finding contacts, you should draft an email to a hiring manager. In this article, CareersInFood explains what to include in an email when approaching a recruiter as well as what to do when you can’t find the hiring manager. Also, don’t forget to create a spreadsheet with names of the people you have contacted to stay organized.

Careful planning and preparation for the job hunt will help you get the role you want in the food industry. Whether you plan to become a brewmaster, food processing supervisor, or even a machine operator, use these tips to get your foot in the door. Sign up for CareersNOW! Newsletter to stay up to date on mentorship opportunities, career fairs, and access to resources and advice from industry insiders.

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