Finding a job you love can be a guessing game

Let's face it.  Today, if you want to find a new job, it's pretty easy.  Just drive down the highway or city street for 10 minutes and you'll see 'NOW HIRING!'  billboards and signs everywhere.

Interviews can be informative for the employer but not always for the prospective employee

Most employers have to offer competitive wages and benefits if they want to have a chance at attracting potential employees.  If you are a job seeker, you have lots of options right now.

So which one is best for you?

When you go to an interview, how honest is that employer going to be about what that job is really like and what task it really includes?  Think about your last job interview.  Did the person interviewing you really work to match your interests with a job description or did you just interview for a generic open job?

Harlan believes that it is important for our job candidates to know exactly what a Food Manufacturing facility is like and what a Food Manufacturing Professional is responsible for doing day to day.

Harlan Work Place Simulation Station 5. Bake Line. Notice that not only are the tasks outlined but what a prospective employee should consider.

Why is this so important? 

Because food manufacturing isn't a distribution job.  It isn't a services job.  Harlan approaches getting started very differently that most other companies.  This is because our employees are required to become Certified Food Professionals through the training Harlan provides.

Why do does Harlan do this?

Because 1 out of 10 Americans have had a food product made by our Food Professionals.  Feeding America's families is a very important responsibility.

To ensure we consistently deliver on our promise of Safe, Quality Food, Harlan attracts the highest quality candidates who are looking for a work place they can stay for 10+ years instead of just a few months.  We take our role and duties as Food Manufacturing Professionals very seriously.

By the way, over 21% of our Food Manufacturing Professionals have been with Harlan for 10 or more years and many of our supervisors and managers started out in entry level positions!

One 9 different stations in Harlan's Workplace Simulation-plenty of different options to try!

To help attract the right candidates Harlan has opened its Workplace Simulation Center to help job applicants understand what it is like to work as a Food Manufacturing Professional and to help them find a role they will love and can excel in.  We built our work place simulation so prospective employees who are unfamiliar with our industry can experience it all first hand BEFORE they sign on.  Our simulation also helps job candidates determine what role is most interesting and will help to fast track employees for growth and advancement.

A prospective employee trying out one of several hands-on tasks at the Simulation's Warehousing Station.

After all, we know that if you have doubts on day one, you won't stay.  We also know that if you don't love what you do, you won't can't build the foundation for a solid professional career.  To help bring this to life, in this Workplace Simulation image, you see a prospective employee trying a task in a specific department she doesn't have much interest in.  Instead, she was able to try other tasks in other departments and found something she loved to do and was passionate about!

Lots of job advertising talks about careers right now, however, few companies actually are investing in providing the tools needed for employees to love their jobs and to excel.  A great career can begin with a solid job but it also requires access to training, learning, growing, more responsibility, advancement and access to better benefits and pay.  Great careers are the by-product of employers and employees working together as a team.

If you are looking for more than you are currently finding, then come visit Harlan.  You'll quickly experience the difference just like our most recent hire, Omo.

Oma's search for a role she loved ended at Station 6, Packaging in Harlan's Workplace Simulation.

"The Harlan Workplace Simulation gave me the opportunity to try different things and find something I can do very well.  This was the only employer I have interviewed with that cares about helping me find something I want to do.   I can't wait to start.  I am going to be a Food Professional!"

Get started today on YOUR journey to become a Harlan Food Manufacturing Professional by clicking here to schedule your interview and Work Place Simulation visit.

Let's get started!

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Harlan is a world class food manufacturer with facilities across the United States and Canada.  

We are a leader in the manufacture of specialty and artisan baked goods, as well as other numerous innovative food products.  

Our goal is to consistently deliver to the retailers we serve a consistent supply of safe, quality food.