Monday, July 17, 2017

Winejobs News: Hiring Increases in June 2017

Good news for job seekers:  Wineries increased job postings in the last month. just stated that they had a 1% increase in postings from June 2016 to June 2017 and up 6% year-to-date.

Harvest positions continue to get good advertising with a 13% increase in postings year-to-date.  Winemaking postings were up 6% from June 2016 and 18% year-to-date.  Sales and marketing had a slight increase while DTC and related positions decreased by 2% from June 2016 but are up 2% year-to-date.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

George Anders' June Newsletter on College, Careers and the Future of Work

George Anders is putting together a new book, You Can Do Anything:  The Surprising Power of a 'Useless" Liberal Arts Education.  He just sent out his June Newsletter which contains great information about job-market dynamics, the value of a college degree and related topics.  Take a look at it, and feel free to subscribe to it yourself.  Click here for the link to George's website and to sign up for the newsletter.   

June Newsletter:
Welcome to June’s edition of this newsletter about college, careers, and the future of work. In this issue, I’m looking at the rise of robots and software, with a focus on what humans can do to stay ahead. I’m also giving away five advance copies of my new book, You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Education. (See the final section for details.)
Everyone’s Destiny in a Single Chart

The latest issue of Bloomberg Businessweek includes a brilliant chart spanning nearly 700 careers – from marriage therapists to carpet installers. For each one, Oxford University researchers have calculated the 20-year odds of automation-related job loss. It’s an interactive marvel. Scroll down to the fourth chart in the article and let your mouse hover over various yellow, green and red circles to see what’s deemed safe and what isn’t.

This vision of the future taps into two big insights: one familiar, the other startling.

First: the best safeguard against automation is a college degree. The college-honed skills of a lawyer or even a fundraising specialist will be hard to duplicate with software or robots. It’s a different story, however for office clerks or restaurant employees. Such work, for now, is available to anyone with a high school degree. As we all know, however, software and machines keep making inroads where tasks are simple, repetitive and predictable.

Now comes the surprise. Some high-paying jobs that cater to college grads look vulnerable, too. Prime examples include bank-lending officers and the most routine aspects of computer programming. The safest jobs, according to Oxford researchers Carl Frey and Michael Osborne, involve a high level of originality and an intense “service orientation.” That’s good news for ambitious executives and brainy software developers. Refreshingly, it’s a boon, too, for social workers, writers, teachers, doctors, nurses and physical therapists.
Is Anyone Lecturing About This?

The answer is yes. MIT economist David Autor is an especially astute voice; this link takes you to his popular 2016 TEDx talk about job-market dynamics. Silicon Valley eminence Jerry Kaplan shares plenty of insights from his recent book, Humans Need Not Apply, in this talk. And I’m getting in the game as well.

Earlier this month, I traveled to Denver to discuss “Work’s Provocative Future” with trustees of a leading liberal-arts college. In September, I’ll be delivering an updated version of this talk at Claremont McKenna College, in southern California. If you’re interested in seeing a preview of my key slides on the topic, you can find them at this Slideshare link. I’m convinced that creativity, curiosity and empathy can sustain good jobs in areas that the machines can’t touch. If that’s a perspective that interests you, we should connect!
Making Foreign-Language Expertise Pay Off

Each issue of this newsletter focuses on new trends for particular college majors. This month, the spotlight is on degrees in French, Japanese, and other languages. As this recent piece on attests, language majors are benefiting from the boom in localization, as companies of all sizes scramble to recast English-language content for diverse markets world-wide.

Think bigger than the mechanics of line-by-line translation. That’s partially automated already, and it’s a favorite target of machine-learning. What’s crucial is human oversight, starting with recruiting teams of translators and making sure the work is parceled out appropriately. Someone also needs to referee difficult calls about everything from profanity to local color taboos. These are high-impact, high-paying managerial jobs. They call for people who can work well in cultures both familiar and unfamiliar. Language degrees can be the winning ticket. At Brigham Young University, localization has become the college of humanities’ fastest growing minor.

Share This Newsletter; Win a Book

Newsletters are meant to be shared, and this one is no exception. Many of you have forwarded earlier editions to dozens of your friends, relatives and business colleagues. I appreciate the support! In fact, I’d like to do more to recognize this community’s most active sharers.

While You Can Do Anything is still a few weeks away from its bookstore debut, we’ve got a limited number of bound galleys that amount to a full paperback preview. (These galleys traditionally go to book-review editors, broadcast producers and the like, ahead of formal publication.)

If you’d like an early copy, free, all you need to do is be generous with your sharing. I’ll look at the email analytics a week from now, with the goal of sending free galleys to the five newsletter readers who are the most active sharers. Or if you'd rather be sure of getting a hardcover or e-book as soon as YCDA goes on sale (Aug. 8), simply click on the cover image to the right to place a pre-order. The book just became Amazon's No. 1 new release in its Career Development Counseling category, which is exciting news! .

Monday, June 12, 2017

Winejobs Report: Winery Hiring Increases in May 2017

Just received the latest from Winejobs about winery hiring patterns.  Posts were up 16% from the same time last year, and 7% year-to-date.  DTC, tasting room and retail jobs had the most growth year to year at 17%, up 4% year-to-date.  Winemaking increased 16 percent from last year, 22% year-to-date.  Sales and marketing were also up, 4% from the same time last year.  The postings for sales and marketing are down 5% year-to-date however.


Friday, May 26, 2017

WineTalent Classifieds: Member Relations Manager in Napa, CA

Job Opening:  Member Relations Manager with the Napa Valley Grapegrowers.

WineTalent is working with our client, Napa Valley Grapegrowers, on a full-time opening for a Member Relations Manager.  This person will be responsible for the overall development and execution of the organization's membership outreach plan.  The ideal candidate will have a strong sales and marketing background with a proven track record of increasing growth.  Additionally, this person will exhibit exceptional professionalism, analytical and communication skills and strategic thinking. 

To learn more about the Napa Valley Grapegrowers, please visit their website. 


Membership Outreach

·      Develop and manage membership outreach plan to increase membership
·      Host and promote regular meetings and events with current and potential NVG members to communicate the value of membership.
·      Responsible for meeting membership growth and budget goals as established annually
 Member Relations
·        Act as staff liaison to NVG membership
·        Personally meet with and regularly communicate membership benefits with existing members
·        Manage membership database of over 700 members
·        Manage custom web-based CRM platform
·        Manage membership GIS map and update as needed (no prior GIS experience required).
·        Liaise with county Assessor’s office and the Ag Commissioner’s office to maintain current and accurate Napa County parcel data
·        Manage membership dues renewal process and work with the Head of Finance to ensure that accounting and reporting is accurate and timely
·        Assess value for each membership category and make recommendations to enhance membership benefits
·        Manage the members-only section of the NVG website
·        Assist NVG Associate Director to identify and approach members about becoming an annual NVG strategic sponsor
·        Manage the ongoing Board of Directors Liaison program
 Member Events
·      Annual Membership Meeting
§ Work with NVG Executive Director to develop the meeting agenda and overall presentation program
§ Work with Committee Chairs on individual presentations
§ Create power point presentations for each Committee Chair, and upload to laptop
§ Manage the creation of the meeting packets for attendees
§ Work with NVG Event Manager on member takeaway gifts
§ Work with NVG Event Manager on overall timeline, food & beverage needs, AV requirements, etc.
§ Prepare all follow up thank you letters and membership communication
·      Work with the Marketing & Communications Committee in the development and execution of the NVG Social Club
·      Work with NVG team and committees to develop new member events and programs to increase value and benefits of membership
 Member Communications
·      Work with the Marketing & Communications Committee to fulfill the membership objectives of the Marketing Plan
·      Maintain & order inventory of NVG membership collateral materials
·      Provide input on weekly Grower Bulletin newsletters as they relate to communicating benefits of membership
·      Prepare and send membership correspondence
 Provide general support to the Board of Directors and the Executive Director
·      Prepare monthly Board of Directors membership report
·      Prepare biannual Board of Directors membership presentation
Service the goals and objectives of the NVG Strategic Plan
Miscellaneous administrative duties and event support


  • ·      At least 5 years in related position
  • ·      Superior writing and verbal communication skills
  • ·      Experience or interest in Napa Valley winegrape growing
  • ·      Highly motivated work ethic and organizational skills
  • ·      Strong interpersonal skills and an outgoing personality
  • ·      Advanced abilities to create, maintain, and report budgets
  • ·      Demonstrated success managing accounts and performing analyses
  • ·      Proficiency in Excel and Word. Experience with CRM and/or database tools a plus
  • ·      Experience with the sales and management of a luxury brand a plus
  • ·      Ability to assist with event set up, breakdown, and coordination
  • ·      Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • ·      Clean driving record with the California DMV