For a successful career it is important to fit with the company culture. CareerLunch enables you to authentically meet an employee of your dream company - while having lunch.
Who bears the cost?
The company is going to pay for your lunch. You have to cover the travel expenses by yourself.
Is it a job interview?
No, it is not. Careerlunch is about having an informal exchange between you and an employee. It’s your chance to get to know more about the daily work life and the culture of the company authentically before you apply for a specific job.
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 a lunch request with an employee from a certain job field of the company of your choice.
With whom will I have lunch?
It will either be just you or a little group of talents with your lunch-buddy from the job field of the company of your choice. The exact number of students will be indicated on the company’s profile.
What happens after I’ve sent a request for a company?
The company will be able to look at your LinkedIn profile. 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?
An informative LinkedIn profile increases your chances of success. For more information about what kind of profiles the company is looking for, read the description of the company profiles.
Where does 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.
When does lunch take place?
You can choose a lunch day as soon as your request has been confirmed by the company. You will see the availability of the relevant employees and can choose a suitable date.
How long will the lunch take?
Approximately one hour. Some companies offer you a tour through their office, which might take up to another half an hour.
Is the participation of CareerLunch binding?
As soon as you have registered for a certain day, the lunch is binding. Respect their time and be punctual. “No-shows” are unacceptable.
How can I get prepared for the 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.
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 difference that you will meet in a video call instead of in-person. You will receive the details to join the video call a few days ahead of the lunch.
Social Good: Lunch For Lunch
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