Getting paid for taste testing isn't as easy as getting into focus groups who are paid to comment on new products or commercials. Most paid taste testers are culinary experts with taste-testing experience. The job is quite a difficult one to land because most food manufacturers have very few taste testing positions relative to the amount of food they produce. Though the job seems like a simple and stress-free position, it can be difficult and stressful to land in the first place.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
Maximise your food credentials. Get a degree in culinary arts through one of the many programs available at community colleges or cooking schools, which take from a semester to two years. If you're looking for more immediate credentials, work as a secret shopper. Several companies do secret taste and service tests at restaurants and stores, creating entry-level tasting positions. Or start a blog about good eating including recipes, restaurant reviews and other food-related matters.
Update your resume to focus on food-related work that you've done. Most of these positions are looking for tasting experience and a keen analytical ability to describe what you taste. Showcase these abilities, along with any experience you have working with food. If you've started a blog about food, include the URL.
Find food makers in your area or in other areas you would like to work. Gather information about the hiring management of the ones you'd like to work for.
Send those manufacturers a letter of inquiry about open positions, or send your resume with a cover letter. Watch job boards carefully for open positions in the quality department of food companies.
Show your passion, taste and skill for talking about food in the interview. Speak as clearly as you can with food-related terms. The companies not only want somebody with a keen palate, but someone who can clearly describe what they like and what is wrong with a food.
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