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Nestlé GLOBE IS/IT North America values an inclusive culture and a diverse set of backgrounds. Talent from every branch of the military service complements our agile and innovative environment in many ways. Military service members offer skills such as the ability to adapt, work well under pressure, lead through integrity, and enable others to learn and grow. The unique assets gained from an inclusive and diverse culture help us better serve our customers.
As civilians, there is one thing we are certain of regarding your military background—a résumé doesn't do your experience enough justice. However, it's your ticket into the recruiting process, whether it be at Nestlé or someplace else, so we hope these insights will help you craft your military/professional story.
A long-time theory and written rule exists that one-page résumés are a best practice, but times have changed. The real rule to effective résumé writing is about being strategic with what you include, not how much.
If you have several years of military or civilian experience behind you, we expect that will come with a longer, more detailed résumé. In fact, it is perfectly acceptable, if not suggested, to have different versions of your résumé—each tailored to the civilian jobs in which you apply for.
In other words, you may qualify for different types of jobs, like an IS/IT Project Manager and also a Systems Analyst, but that doesn't mean you would share details about your experience or skills in the same way for each of these roles. For the jobs in which you choose to apply for, read the job posting carefully to fully understand the responsibilities and skills needed. Read between the lines when viewing a job posting—what are the different listed responsibilities suggesting you need in terms of aptitude and skill set? This will also help you think through how to detail examples and key wins within your résumé that relate directly to the posting.
Your vast military experience gives you a uniquely diverse background that we're excited to learn more about. However, your ranking and responsibilities may not clearly indicate what your civilian career aspirations are. Including a concise objective statement can help summarize what you hope to do next, how your skills might make you a strong fit for the job, and suggest where (geographically) you plan to work. As a large percentage of transitioning service members consider moving geographies to begin a civilian lifestyle, it is important to consider ways in which you can show localization. For example, list your intention within the objective statement to relocate cities/states by a particular date so recruiters and hiring managers have a better understanding of your availability and proximity.
As recruiters and talent sourcers, we do our homework so we're prepared to review résumés with military experience and conduct interviews with service members/veterans like you. It's important to us that we can understand and relate to you. However, we certainly won't know everything. Without compromising the content of your résumé, think about how you can translate military vocabulary into civilian-speak so we can further discover how your accomplishments can translate to the job. Skills translators, like Résumé Engine, can serve as an effective tool to assist in this process.
You would never think to enter combat without making sure you have all of your equipment, and that everything functions how it should. While not nearly as risky, this is no different. Double-check your résumé for these key components before submitting it with an online job application:
Behavior-based interviewing has been around for over 25 years and has begun to shed light on research showing that past performance is a strong predictor of future performance. Both our phone interview and face-to-face interview processes (which may be virtual at times) are behavior based. In this type of interview, questions are structured to extract specific examples and experiences from you—as the interviewee—to help determine how you may react or behave in similar situations you might face within your new civilian role.
Here's the tricky part. As a military service member, no civilian interviewer can quite understand or relate to the stresses and experiences you've endured while in uniform. However, we have all the confidence in the world you may have what it takes to exceed expectations on the job here at Nestlé.
*Remember, our knowledge of processes and technologies used in the military may be very limited. We don’t expect to fully understand the details, but we will need to be able to gauge if the behavior/actions you exhibited were appropriate for the situation.
We expect you’ll have some questions for us, too. But, don’t ask questions just to ask questions. Bring to us your curiosity so we can help confirm if we’re the right fit for you.
Through our Total Rewards Program, you'll enroll annually in medical benefits options that suit your family and lifestyle best. These options include:
Free, confidential access to licensed professional counselors who are trained to help with a variety of personal or family challenges are available to you depending on your specific needs.
Each year, we offer unique incentive programs to help you reach your weight, fitness, and lifestyle goals. These programs take shape through the needs and requests of our associates.
Family always comes first – a commitment we've made across the entire organization by offering one of the most progressive parent support policies in the industry. All designated primary caregivers are offered up to 14 weeks of paid leave, and can elect up to an additional 12 weeks for a potential of 26 weeks total at home as you start or grow your family. If you are not the primary caregiver, you'll receive one week of paid leave following the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a child.
Adopting a child is a special gift, and we hope to assist with offsetting a few of the costs incurred with growing your family. There are some variances across this program depending on your role within the organization.
If you have an infant under 12 months old, you'll receive 32 store coupons for any type of Nestlé family.
As a full-time employee of Nestlé, you become eligible for our short-term incentive program based on the company's overall annual performance.
When you add to your retirement savings plan, we feed into it, too. You'll save on a before-tax basis through automated payroll deductions – and it's easy to monitor and keep track of online.
There are many ways to receive awards and rewards, as well as earn recognition for top-notch work. These may vary by location, department, or team. Don't worry, the work you do will not go unnoticed.
Being part of such a large corporate network like Nestlé comes with big perks – discounts on buying/renting vehicles, tickets to sporting events, and lower rates for cell phone plans and other consumer products. If you're stationed at our head IS/IT office in St. Louis, you'll also have access to the Nestlé "Company Store" at one of our downtown St. Louis locations, which offers considerable discounts on a variety of Nestlé products, including pet food, confectionary items, snacks, and other merchandise.
We know everyone learns in different ways and at different paces – and we accommodate them all. Online, in-class, small teams, big groups, onsite, away from the office. We have a robust assortment of class options designed specifically for areas of interest and development across the business. The Associate Development Center at one of our downtown St. Louis locations is a prime location for many of our in-house training courses.
Regardless of your career area or level, if you're interested in pursuing higher education to further develop in your role, we want to support you. We offer reimbursement toward tuition and book/class fees to help you reach your next-step educational aspirations.
Annually, we honor eight federal holidays, as well as additional paid personal days near the spring and winter holidays. Two floating days (to use at your discretion for religious, cultural, or personal reasons) are also provided. *Number of floating holidays may vary in your first year of employment based on hiring date.
Expected paid holidays:
For vacation, medical, or personal reasons that are entirely up to you and your needs, you are well deserving of paid time off (PTO) throughout the year. Eligible employees earn PTO each pay period with accrual abilities based on your years of service with Nestlé.
The loss of a relative has profound impact on a person. This policy is designed to allow you ample time away from work to be with your family while coping through the loss of a loved one.
NOTE: These benefits are specifically for employees who will be located at our head IS/IT offices in St. Louis, Missouri.
Being located in the heart of downtown St. Louis, just outside of our office doors (and breathtaking, high-rise view) are cafés and restaurants of every type for any moment of the day – Check out the city's recommended eateries.
Parking is a premium in most cities. At this downtown location, you're provided with a free parking pass in a covered parking garage. We want to ease your mind on the commute to work as best as we can.
Although not located on the property of our heart-of-downtown location, just a few long blocks away at another location is our Fitness & Wellness Center available to you with convenient offerings:
The IT market is competitive – and we know you have a world of innovative employers to choose from. It's crucial to us that we're just as strong of a career fit for you as you are for Nestlé. We encourage you to do plenty of research on us through our careers website and learn more about each of our different Nestlé businesses to see if we're a good fit for each other. If you don't find a position currently available that fits your career goals, join our Nestlé IT Talent Network to receive alerts when relevant jobs become available…straight to your inbox.
In order to be considered for any one of our IT job openings, you must apply online through our careers website. Every applicant that meets our basic qualifications on the job will have their résumé reviewed by a member of our Talent Sourcing Team. The application will take less than 5 minutes and can be done on a mobile device – we recommend reading the job posting thoroughly to ensure you meet the basic qualifications listed. Upon applying for a job, you'll receive prompts to create a username and password. Keep track of these credentials as you can revisit the Applicant Tracking System throughout the recruiting process to check the status of your application.
*A résumé is required upon application, however, cover letters, letters of recommendation, and a list of references are not needed.
Upon reviewing your job application, you may be contacted by a Recruiter on our Talent Sourcing Team for a behavior-based phone interview. If you do not make it to the phone interview stage, you will also be contacted by us via email so you're not left in the dark wondering where you are in the process. This interview is more than just diving into your résumé. Research effective behavior-based interviewing skills to help prepare for this step in the process. A few recommendations to consider:
A successful phone interview may lead you to the face-to-face interviewing stage either at our Nestlé IT offices in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, at any of our local Nestlé businesses around the U.S., or online through our virtual interviewing platform. You'll interview with three different interviewers (or small-group interviewing teams) over the course of three hours to answer various behavior-based interviewing questions about your background, experience, and expertise. Click here for tips on successful behavior-based interviewing. You'll hear from a member of our Talent Sourcing Team whether or not you'll be extended an offer for the job. We promise, we'll never leave you hanging.
We'll extend you a “verbal offer” if you had success in our face-to-face interviewing process and are the right candidate for the job. We move as quickly as we can – you can expect to be contacted by a representative from Nestlé.
At this point, you've accepted our verbal offer and are beginning the paperwork to officially join our Nestlé Family. We (and you) have some important administrative tasks to complete before your first day on the job, so we'll get the ball rolling right away through email communication from our Talent Sourcing Team. Please be on the lookout in your email inbox and by phone regarding important next steps.
This is a great time for asking questions and finalizing any details prior to joining us, whether you're relocating to our head offices in St. Louis, another one of our U.S. Nestlé businesses locations, or beginning your role with us virtually. A little something special will arrive on your doorstep – something so you know we're thinking of you as you make this career transition. You'll have a contact from Nestlé available should you need anything leading up to your start date. Beyond that, we're thrilled to have you join our very #PassionIT team. Welcome aboard!
Having the perfect background and all the right experience isn't always enough. It's critically important to come prepared to story tell your experiences so we can evaluate how you might perform on the job. Ever heard of the STAR method? We use a similar approach—behavior-based interviewing. Check out the below articles, which include guidance and tips directly from our Recruiting Team, to help put your best foot forward on interview day.