Which step first: Harper Anderton's tips into making your debut into the food industry.
29 November 2018
So, you’ve just graduated and you’re wanting to kick start your career in the food industry but you ask yourself, where do I begin? It’s the question that all young guns of the food industry are asking themselves. Well, worry no more, us experts at Harper Anderton have created a blog to give you some tips on how to launch your career.
A great starting point is from the comfort of your own home, jump online and create a Linkedin profile if you haven’t already. From there, you can build your own network by joining relevant groups and actively engaging with companies you would ideally like to work with, influential individuals of the industry and food recruitment agencies. Get yourself heard and don’t be afraid to speak up!
Once you have begun reaching out online, you can also use the more traditional approach - research societies and food events where you can network and connect with important players of the industry. It’s also another great interest to put on your CV, speak about in an interview and give you current insights to the industry which will put you on that higher level. Check out Taste London, one of the most popular food festivals in the countries capital and The Society of Food Hygiene and Technology societies for a list of useful societies to join.
For those who don’t own a food related degree, don’t let that deter you from striving for a career in the industry. Majority of companies offer internships and entry-level roles, however, be prepared to work your way up and not to be too selective. At this stage it’s important to get your foot in the door where you can network and gain valuable experience. If you have opted to study a degree, it’s advised that you try and gain experience in a placement for a minimum of 6 months to give you that step above your competitors.
Confused on which roles to apply for? As graduate you will be looking at Junior roles with a salary between £18k - £25k, be flexible with regards to location and salary. It’s a niche market so in the early stages it’s important to land that first role and later on down your career you can then be more picky. Take a look at Mondelez, PepsiCO and Greencore who offer popular grad-schemes.
So you’ve built your professional profile and are ready to apply for your first job, it’s now time to create the perfect application. When writing your CV, it’s important to list more than just your relevant qualifications and personal attributes, remember to include any relevant projects which you may have done throughout your course. What makes you stand out from the rest? It’s got to be more than just a passion for the industry!
Next up is the dreaded cover letter, which contrary to the debate, it is just as important as your CV. Your cover letter gives yourself an opportunity to portray your personality and highlight why you should be considered for the role, don’t forget to show that you have researched the business in detail and what appealed you to the company. A cover letter shouldn’t be generic and should be tailored for each role you apply for, the more information you include on the business, the better.
So if you are looking to launch your career in the food industry, get in touch with one of our consultants and don’t forget top follow us on our socials to stay up to date with industry news and for more tips. We’ll leave you with this list of upcoming food festivals in 2019 by Conde Naste. We look forward to chatting with you soon!
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