/ Asked by Kiran
Hello, I have a degree in Food Technology, and worked for two years in food industry. I am really trying very hard to find a job in the food industry but I have not received any calls for Interviews. Any suggestions on what I should be doing?
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Hi. Great question. I would recommend partnering closely with your university's career center so that you can take advantage of their professional network and resume tips. Many times companies will go to the universities that they have a relationship with to reach out and get in touch with their alumni. Additionally make a list of your best skills and abilities along with the types of jobs that peak your interest. As you look into your job search don't be afraid to take a role that may be entry level but can give you experiences that can propel you further in your career down the road.
 Best of luck to you on your job search!
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Thanks for your question.

Here are some suggestions on how to proceed:

1.  Set up a LinkedIn Profile, if you do not have one already.  Find groups, organizations, and people in the food industry that you want to link to and make it happen.

2.  Have a few people review your current resume / cover letter and provide feedback on how to improve it to make it more attractive to employers in the food industry.  Also, do a self-review of your resume/cover letter from a recruiter's perspective. Is the education/experience/passion for the food industry come through the resume?

3.  Identify food industry career events through your college/university or organizations that hold food industry job fairs.

4.  Be realistic in what you are looking for in your next role.  Based on your background, education, and experience, what types of positions are you qualified to do?  

All the best with your search.  I hope these suggestions are helpful. 
Answered by Marisella, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Hello,

One thing I would start with is your resume. Your resume is your ticket to receiving that first initial interview. My recommendation is to have a few industry and career professionals review your resume and make appropriate changes that could help. Your resume may just need some minor changes that could really help line up more interviews. Another suggestion I have for you is to begin researching internships or positions that would allow you to gain experience. I'm not too sure what your background is with experience in the food industry, but it's something that maybe is lacking, which is causing individuals to overlook your resume. Good luck! 
Answered by Heather, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on Thursday, October 22, 2015
Get out there & market yourself!
Here are a few of my suggestions:

  • Create a profile on Linkedin. Do not put your resume on your profile. Be creative, make yourself stand out. Connect & follow people in the food companies that you’d love to work for. Join groups & network.
  • Add your resume to Indeed & other job boards.
  • Tweak your resume. Make sure you have deliverables or accomplishments on your resume.
  • Consider relocation in a broader area. I see over 200 Food Technology (very broad search) positions posted on Indeed.
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