At CareerLunch, we want to put people at the center of modern recruitment. For talents, it’s a way to meet employers informally and learn about career opportunities, company culture and potential future colleagues authentically. For employers, it’s a way to connect with talents on a continuous basis. You can learn more about us, our ideas and our history here
Who can apply for a CareerLunch?
Most of our companies look forward to meeting students, graduates and young professionals. Some of the companies would like to meet more senior professionals as well. For more information about what kind of profile and experience the company is looking for, read the description of the company profiles.
Who bears the cost?
In the physical CareerLunch format, you visit the company representative in-person over lunch, which the company you are visiting is covering for you. The travel expenses to visit the company, you will need to cover yourself.
In the virtual CareerLunch format, you will meet over a video call and typically share a cup of coffee or tea and eat your actual lunch either before or after the meeting. The costs associated with your coffee, tea, or any other beverage you wish to drink during the video meeting have to be organized and paid by yourself.
Is it a job interview?
No, CareerLunch is about having an informal exchange between you and a professional from the company you are meeting. It’s your chance to get to know more about the daily work life and the culture authentically. A formal job application could be a possible next step that you can initiate after the CareerLunch, but the CareerLunch itself is not a job interview.
How can I participate at CareerLunch?
To participate you have to create an account on CareerLunch and link it to your LinkedIn profile. Afterwards you can send lunch requests to the companies you would like to meet by visiting their profiles on CareerLunch. To increase your chances to be invited for a CareerLunch, check out our blog article on how to polish your LinkedIn profile and the quiz to verify if your profile is ready.
With whom will I have lunch?
You will have your CareerLunch with a professional from the company you want to meet who has a background relevant to yours. The CareerLunch can take place 1-to-1 or with a small group of other talents. You will be introduced to your lunch buddy and potential other participants 1 day ahead of the CareerLunch via email.
What happens after I’ve sent a request for a company?
The company will be able to look at your LinkedIn profile. So make sure that your profile is informative and up-to-date. We recommend to follow the guideline that we describe in our blog article and the quiz that we‘ve created to help you. If your profile is relevant to the company and enough lunch places are available, you will be invited for lunch. If a lunch invitation is not possible, you will be informed as well.
How can I increase my chances for positive feedback?
Where does the lunch take place?
The location is indicated in the company profile. Usually, the lunch takes place at the employee's location. This gives you the chance to get an insight into their working environment. If the location is indicated as virtual, you will receive a link to the virtual meeting a few days ahead of the CareerLunch.
When does the lunch take place?
You can choose a lunch day as soon as your request has been confirmed by the company. After your request is confirmed you can check the available dates either through the link in the confirmation email or in your profile if you go to “My Applications” and click on the company that confirmed your request.
How long will the lunch take?
The duration varies, but it is usually between 30min and 1.5h. Virtual CareerLunches tend to be shorter (more towards 30min) whereas in-person CareerLunches tend to be longer (up to 1.5h). It also varies between companies and the number of participants. When you select a date for your CareerLunch you can see the estimated duration of the CareerLunch and block the time in your calendar. In the end, it is up to the professional you are meeting and yourself how much time you can make available.
Is the participation in a CareerLunch binding?
Yes, as soon as you have confirmed a time slot for a CareerLunch with a company, the appointment is binding. Respect the employee’s time and be punctual. “No-shows” are unacceptable.
How can I get prepared for a CareerLunch?
Be curious. Don’t ask what a simple online search can answer. Use the opportunity to learn more about your lunch buddy, their company, and the job they are doing. Prepare a few questions that matter to you. You could ask how they got to where they are, their opinion on trends in the industry, what they enjoy about their work and also what things are not so great. This is not a job interview, but a unique opportunity for you to get to know a company and its employees authentically.
To prepare for a virtual CareerLunch, we also recommend to read our blog article about best video communications practices.
How does the virtual format work?
Some companies are offering CareerLunch in a virtual format. To see which companies offer this experience, check their profile. A virtual CareerLunch takes place in the same spirit as the physical CareerLunch with the main differences that you will meet in a video call instead of in-person and probably share a cup of coffee or tea instead of a proper lunch. You will receive the details to join the video call a few days ahead of the lunch.
Social good: #lunchforlunch
For each time a unique post or a story tagging @careerlunch and using the hashtag #lunchforlunch is shared on social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, or Twitter), CareerLunch performs a donation to The World Food Programme on your behalf. This donation is equivalent to a week of food for a person in a vulnerable situation. It’s a win-win-win: the more people learn about our platform, the more people can advance their careers, and the more people can benefit from our #lunchforlunch donations. How about sharing a picture of your next CareerLunch?
Here are some details on the program: After your post gets shared, CareerLunch completes the donation in your behalf. First, your money is turned into food, which then gets sent to one of the over 80 countries where people are most vulnerable. Every single day, WFP has 5,600 trucks, 20 ships and 92 planes ready to deliver the food you send. Because you can't go there and hand out the food yourself, the UN World Food Porgramme does it for you.
World Programme Transparency information: The UN World Food Programme is a 100% voluntarily funded organization. For every $1 you give, 64 cents go directly to programmes supporting hungry people. Right now, 2 cents are used to process the donation and 6 cents help running the WFP. 28 cents go towards raising the next $1. You can read more information about the program here: https://www.wfp.org/support-us/stories/donat
Which language is spoken during the CareerLunch?
The default language is the language in which the company profile is written in, which is most of the time either the language of the region the company is located in, or English. However, the conversation can still shift naturally to another language if all participants prefer to speak it (e.g. if the company profile is in English, but the participants are all native speakers of another language).
What happens after the CareerLunch?
Share your feedback: After your CareerLunch, you receive an email and can share some optional feedback to HR of the company and also to the CareerLunch team. You could use the feedback to HR to say thanks for the time of their employee and to potentially express your interest in a position within the company. Use the feedback to the CareerLunch team to let us know about your experience and how we could improve it even further.
Expend your network: You could send your lunch buddy a request on LinkedIn and follow up if you have some specific questions regarding the company.
Apply for open positions: If you enjoyed the CareerLunch and think the company could be a good match, then you are encouraged to apply for open positions through the company career website. To add a personal touch to your application, you could mention the professional you met through a CareerLunch and thank them again for the opportunity.
Share your experience: Your CareerLunch was awesome and you want your friends to have the same experience? Share a story, a post or a selfie with your lunch buddy tagging @careerlunch via social media, and we will make a donation to the World Food Program on your behalf (check out the Social good: #lunchforlunch section in FAQ).