The Headache of Searching for a Job in the Food & Beverage Manufacturing Industry

Finding a job in food & beverage manufacturing can often feel like a full-time job. Between writing a resume, uploading it to various job boards, and searching for suitable positions that meet your job credentials can leave you feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. But perhaps you’re putting all your eggs in the wrong basket.

There is no shortage of opportunities for food and beverage manufacturing professionals to level up their careers, with “82% of Ontario's food and beverage processors actively seeking to employ a skilled trades professional”, according to the latest research. So why do candidates continue to find the job search journey so daunting? 

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The answer is simple. 

Job boards. 

Yes, they are incredibly useful, but they are also incredibly time-consuming and cumbersome. 

Unless, of course, you love uploading your resume multiple times to multiple job boards, or searching for job roles just to find the “Quality Assurance Manager” job you just applied for on Indeed is for an IT company with zero to do with food and safety requirements. 

Or trying to get noticed without being screened out by bots because your resume is missing keywords. I’m guessing that, like 99% of all other food and beverage candidates, the job-searching process is more of a headache. 

Just the other day, I googled job boards in Canada to find  “20,548 current food and beverage manufacturing jobs posted from hundreds of the industry's top companies and recruiters.” Now, that is a lot of sifting. 

So instead of spending all day job searching, hoping to find that needle in the haystack, we at QTalent have put together some must-know tips to job search like a pro. 

Tips For Job Searching in the Food & Beverage Manufacturing Industry

1. Don’t rely on job boards to land your next position

Searching on Indeed, Glassdoor, and other large job boards is great, but it's not the only place to find your next job. We are not saying don’t apply on regular job boards, but rather consider niche job boards specialising in food and beverage manufacturing recruitment. 

Also, be efficient with choosing job boards that require less time. Look for job boards that allow you to apply for multiple jobs with one submission and have easy-to-use search filtering criteria. 

2. Job search like a pro with a broad strategy 

Finding a job as a highly-skilled food and beverage professional is about casting a wide net and opening yourself to opportunities that come your way. As they say, “put some of your eggs in other baskets”. A good job search strategy includes casting an even wider net. 

Look at company websites, connect with recruiters, network with industry professionals, and LinkedIn; these all allow you personal opportunities to get to know the company. 

3. Build your resume to match job credentials 

Have a look at a few job descriptions that you would like. Make sure your resume includes the keywords they mention in the job description. If they mention specific certifications required, make sure your CV highlights these or those applicant tracking software engines will auto-reject you faster than you can type submit. 

Don't forget to include soft skills such as problem-solving, management, communication and critical thinking with real-world examples of how you demonstrate these skills. The closer your resume matches the descriptions, the better your chance of getting noticed (and making your way through the bots). 

And that's where QTalent comes in. We take the headache out of job searching by allowing you to get noticed by potential candidates with job positions that match your credentials. Our sophisticated job search engine allows you to filter potential positions by salary, location,  job title, company culture, perks, and benefits. Plus, the platform will allow you to send personalised job alerts, and notifications will let you alert HR managers when you’re interested in future roles.

Romy Zwiers

Author

Romy Zwiers is a journalist and marketing professional with 16 years of experience working across industries with a keen focus on the beverage and food industry, having worked with companies like KFC, Nandos, Cadbury and Coca-Cola.

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