Whether you are looking to change job, change direction or are a student looking for your first job, set time aside to research and prepare. The Food Industry is vast and provides great career opportunities, it takes time and perseverance to find a role that fits with your career aspirations.
Some questions to explore as part of your preparation:
- Have you researched a broad spectrum of roles and identified areas that fit with your career aspirations (in both public & private sectors)?
- Have you researched organisations you would like to work for? What type of company culture are you looking for? When your personal values line up with company values, work is more meaningful and you are more likely to have job satisfaction.
- For private sector.
- What size business would you like to work in e.g. start-up, small-medium business, multinational organization,
- What food sector appeals to you? e.g. Dairy, Meat, Fisheries, Ingredients, Functional Foods?
- Do you have people in your network that can provide guidance and insight on roles that interest you?
- What type of role fits with your personal circumstances?
There are lots of great training links on our directory to support your preparation
- Preparing your Resume and Cover Letter
- Resume, Networking & Interview Skills
- Introduction to Job Search Skills,
- How to Plan your Career Path
- Unlocking your Employability
Prepare well for your interview.
Research the role, the company, their strategy, competitors, culture, reputation and the people you are meeting. Where possible talk to someone working in the company
If you have someone in your network with experience interviewing, practice in advance.
Employers look for technical, business and interpersonal skills when hiring. Be prepared for questions across all categories.
Thoroughly read the job specification and research the type of knowledge, skills and behaviours that the organization is looking for.
The STAR model is very helpful when preparing for interviews. Refer to the link ‘How to use the STAR Interview Response Technique’ for more information.
You will also need to prepare for questions on self awareness.
- What best describes you, how would your colleagues describe you?
- What motivates/demotivates you?
- What are your strengths and development areas?
- Have you received feedback in previous roles/in college, what did you learn ?
- What knowledge & experience have you gained from previous roles/college that would be valuable in the role?
- Are you looking for a specialist or a generalist role?
- What aspects of previous roles/college course did you enjoy/ dislike?
- What training and development have you completed, how has this grown your capability?
- What are you passionate about?
You can use the personality test and emotional intelligence test links https://www.bia-biz.com/people-skills/#organisationskills to explore further
Take the time to enhance your knowledge, skills and competencies and stand out from the crowd in your next interview.
We also post Blogs, Training Videos and Toolkits that support knowledge and skills building. Our Directory & You Tube Channel consolidate valuable ‘best of the web’ free resources on all aspects of the food industry allowing you to target knowledge development in a particular area.
Learn more on my video ‘Looking for a job in the Food Industry’.