Potini Anyone?

This years Holiday Party featured Potini's from Domenic and Anthony Catering .

What's a Potini?
A Potini is hard to describe and impossible to forget. It's as warm and comforting as a bowl of mashed potatoes...as fresh and exciting as a new-age martini...and to top it off, we were able to customize our Potini with Bordelaise Sauce, roasted pumpkin, caramelized onions, salsa/sour cream, bacon,and roasted chestnuts.
I strongly recommend a good Potini for your next home or office party!

Stay Awake at the Wheel This New Year’s Eve with a Free Cup of Coffee from Cumberland Farms

Convenience store wants drivers to be safe for the holiday

This New Years Eve Cumberland Farms is making it a little easier to say so-long to 2007 and hello to 2008 by helping their customers keep alert and awake on the road into the wee hours of 2008. That’s why from 5 pm on New Years Eve until 5 am on New Years Day all Cumberland Farms locations will be giving away a cup of piping hot coffee - on the house.
Cumberland Farms is encouraging drivers to take advantage of this community service. Indeed fatigue on the road is a dangerous issue. The National Sleep Foundation says the combination of caffeine and naps is one of the best ways to help fight drowsiness, which they cite as a leading cause of accidents.
“We want to thank our customers this holiday season,” said Ari Haseotes, Vice President of Marketing for Cumberland Farms. “The goal of our free coffee program is to help them stay alert, and keep safe on the roads.”
The free coffee is available at all Cumberland Farms stores across the Northeast and Florida except for those with Dunkin Donuts service.

Keys to Successful Interviewing

Successful hiring takes time and thought, and, like most skills, it also take practive. Below are fifteen specifics necessary for a successful interview:

  1. Screen carefully.
  2. Have a plan.
  3. Follow a logical sequence.
  4. Create a proper interview environment.
  5. Put the candidate at ease.
  6. Let the candidate do the talking.
  7. Perfect your questioning techniques
  8. Become a better listener.
  9. Keep your reactions to yourself.
  10. Stay in control.
  11. Take notes.
  12. Don't oversell the position.
  13. Conclude the interview on a positive note.
  14. Write an interview summary.
  15. Learn from each experience.

Educational Assistance

Are you looking for a job that will allow you to obtain a degree or continue your education?
If so, you may want to consider joining the Cumberland Farms team! Cumberland Farms has an excellent benefits package that includes an educational assistance program that will fit into anyone's life.
Cumberland Farms offers educational assistance to all full-time active employees. Full-time employees are those scheduled to work 40 or more hours per week.
Employees must be actively employed and have completed a minimum of six continous months of full-time services with the Company to be eligible to participate in the Company's program. Once eligible to participate, you could be reimbursed for the successful completion of a GED, undergraduate or graduate course or course of study with an accredited school, college or university.
The program will allow you to take two (2) undergraduate or graduate level courses per semester. You will be reimbursed 100% of the cost of tuition, books and fees for A, B, or C to a maximum amount of $3,000 per calendar year.

Visit http://www.cumberlandfarms.com/ to learn more.

Free Job Boards That Generate Traffic

Don't have a big budget? Looking for some free job boards that will generate traffic?

Check out these boards with free job postings:


Some of these sites may not rank well with Alexa or Google. That's not important. What is important is where your jobs show up after posting. For example: Post a job on Postjobfree or Postiteasy and within 24 hours it's on Indeed, SimplyHired, Jobster, Google and Myspace!

It's worth taking the time to experiment with each of these boards to see what site works best for you!

Recent Graduates: Having a hard time finding a good job? You must first determine your skills

Job listings rarely read, "We need English majors for top jobs with top dollars," or "History majors: Earn six-figures for performing intellectually fulfilling work." For some job seekers with liberal arts degrees, targeting potential employers and marketing yourself may seem like an impossible task.

It's not. The first step is not to think of yourself in terms of your specific degree. Many companies do not hire students because of their specific degrees - instead they use job applicants' skills as criteria for filling positions.

So, instead of asking, "What are good jobs for English majors?" ask, "What are my passions and strengths? What skills do I have? What do I want to be doing in my job?" The first step in responding to these questions is to honestly address what you love to do. What fascinates you? What do you find compelling and fulfilling? Once you've answered these questions, address what skills you can bring to the work place. Also, when you assess your skills, don't forget the skills you gained from doing volunteer and extra-curricular work.

You can learn more about starting your job search at JobHuntingTips.com

Big Four Auditor? Live in Rhode Island or Massachusetts? Read on!

Senior Accountant
This position will assist the Compliance and Financial Reporting department by performing several functions, such as preparing monthly and annual financial statements, reconciling specific complex accounts (such as pension liability, environmental reserves), filing census information with respective agencies, assisting with policies and procedures, research technical accounting issues and prepare Corporate position memos, preparing complex journal entries, assist with year-end audit, and other projects as directed by management.
This position requires a C.P.A. or the ability to acquire a C.P.A. and 3-5 years of public accounting experience.

The Stop That Keeps You Going. Careers That Keep You Growing.

Interview Red Flags

Certain behaviors and reactions displayed during the interview indicate cause for concern. This list was developed after conducting many interviews. Can you think of any Red Flags I missed? Read on!
  1. Poor personal appearance.
  2. Lack of interest and enthusiasm.
  3. Overemphasis on money.
  4. Condemnation of past employers.
  5. Late for the interview.
  6. Failure to express appreciation for the interviewer's time.
  7. Asks no questions about the position.
  8. Vague response to questions.
  9. Overly aggressive, conceited, or know-it-all complex.
  10. Inability to express oneself clearly.
  11. Lack of planning for a career.
  12. Lack of confidence and poise.
  13. Unwilling to start at the bottom; expects too much, too soon.
  14. Evasive, hedges on unfavorable factors in job history.
  15. Lack of maturity.
  16. Lethargic, lack of energy.
  17. Merely shopping around.
  18. Wants job only for a short time.
  19. No interest in company or industry.

Employers: Got any more examples? Leave a reply with your example Interview Red Flag!

Job Seekers: Got any Red Flag examples from the other side of the desk? Share them!

Top Daily News Headlines

Wal-Mart to Launch New C-store Concept
Wal-Mart reportedly has a team of executives in the San Francisco area devising two new small-footprint stores.

Whole Foods to Test Express Concept
Following its $565 million acquisition of rival organic grocer Wild Oats, Whole Foods is considering a test of Whole Foods Market Express, focusing on convenience.

Brookshire Bros./ Polk Oil Merger Spawns New Super C-Store Format
In an exclusive interview with CSNews Online, Jerry Johnson, president/CEO of Brookshire Bros. supermarkets, confirmed plans to unveil a new c-store model with fresh produce, meat, a pharmacy and clinic services of a medical professional.

Chevron Promises to Grow Retail and Explore Alternative Fuels
Company executive told marketers, dealers and franchisees the best is yet to come during its biannual convention in Denver.

You can read about these stories and more at csnews.com.

34 Students Awarded Scholarships

Congratulations to the 2007 Scholarship Program recipients of the Frozen and Refrigerated Association of the Northeast (FRANE). Thirty-four students have been awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships.

The FRANE Scholarship Program has awarded over $425,000 in scholarships over the past 29 years. The FRANE Scholarship Program is funded by the Ryan Marrocco Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament (In May) and the FRANE Western New England Scholarship Golf Tournament (In August).

Employees of FRANE member companies and their immediate family members are eligible to apply for a FRANE Scholarship. Information and requirements for the 2008 Scholarship Program will be posted in January on the FRANE website frane.org/scholarship.

Working In Retail

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that there are more than 2 million retail businesses employing more than 19 million people in the U.S. The retail industry offers opportunities in merchandising, store management, loss prevention, and buying.

Working in retail requires good sales skills with a strong ability to work with people because of the constant customer interaction. Enthusiasm, flexibility, and a positive attitude are essential characteristics necessary to succeed in the retail industry.
Now is a good time to begin working in retail due to numerous job opportunities in fast-paced environments.

Start your retail job search today!

Associate of the Year Award - New Hampshire

Cumberland Farms Store Manager Debbie Tellier of Littleton New Hamphire, has been named Associate of the Year by the New Hampshire Grocers Association. Tellier was selected to receive the honor from a group of finalists that included convenience store managers from across the state.
Managers were judged on customer service, store conditions, leadership, employee turnover, sales, profitability and shrink.
"I have received overwhelming congratulations from all of my colleagues and mentors. I wish to thank all of those who have allowed me to learn and grow in the more than 20 years that I've been with Cumberland Farms, " said Tellier. "I'd especially like to thank my Area Sales Manager, Deane Palmer, and my staff, all of whom have dedicated themselves for a very successful year."
What's Tellier's secret to providing amazing customer service? "Follow your instincts. Work hard, as we all do, and definitely enjoy what you're doing. Success comes with what you are willing to put into it.
Are you looking for a better career? Visit CumberlandFarms.com to learn more about the job opportunities and benefits associated with a career at Cumberland Farms.

The Stop That Keeps You Going. Careers That Keep You Growing.

Calling All High School Seniors!

The application period is underway for Believe and Achieve Scholarships
Cumberland Farms kicked off the second year of its Believe and Achieve Scholarship program on October 1st. The program provides individual $1,000 scholarships to eligible graduating high school seniors living in the Company's service areas.
The Believe and Achieve Scholarship program is open to students who live within 30 miles of any Cumberland Farms outlet int he Northeast and Florida and who are entering college in the fall of 2008. The scholarship program is also open to children of Cumberland Farms employees, regardless of where they live. While the initiative takes academic performance into account, the awards also considers the student's financial need.
"There is a tremendous amount of bright students who need help easing the financial weight of a college education, " said Cumberland Farms CEO, Lily Bentas. "That is why we're so proud of our Believe and Achieve program. Last year we were able to help 79 motivated students, by assisting in the costs of paying for books or tuition. We're looking forward to being able to help more again this year."
Eligible high school seniors are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. information about the Believe and achieve Scholarship, including entry criteria and deadlines is available online at http://www.cumberlandfarms.com/ and in store locations.

The application deadline is December 15, 2007.

Vitamin Water - The latest trend

The hottest trend in Hollywood is taking off in New England. "Glaceau Water has been one of Cumberland Farms' fastest selling items," according to Kevin Platt, Category Manager for Cumberland Farms.
"In a Cumberland Farms exclusive giveaway, one customer will win a trip to the Daytona 500 in February. So, stop by your local Cumberland Farms and try what all of Hollywood is drinking. While you're there, register for your chance to win a trip to the Daytona 500!"

Job searching made easy

Cumberland Farms, a leader in the convenience store industry, just made searching for a job easier. Applicants searching for a Customer Service Job can now search by zip code on the Cumberland Farms website. After a zip code is entered into the system, a list of stores within a 5 mile radius are displayed. Applicants can apply electronically to the store closest to their home. Most applications are reviewed within 24 hours.
To search for your Customer Service job, visit www.cumberlandfarms.com today!

Roy Horsfield named Store Operator of the Year

Cumberland Farms Store Manager Roy Horsfield from Halifax, Mass, was named Store Operator of the Year during the New England Convenience Store Association's 24th Annual Trade Show. Store Manager Bonnie Martin, of North Carver, Mass., took second place and Store Manager Lorraine Holbrook, of Brimfield Mass., received NECSA's Customer Service Award.
"This was a banner year for Cumberland Farms at the NECSA Trade Show, " said Manager of Training Systems and Development Sheree Beissner, who serves as a judge for the awards program. "Every year, the field is more and more competitive. The fact that our Store Managers won these awards speaks volumes about their ongoing commitment to providing unsurpassed customer service."

Appetite for Construction

Dash In Food Stores is poised for growth as it introduces a new store design emphasizing its commitment to a food service future.

Driving down Crain Highway in southern Maryland, motorists are offered many convenience alternatives: 7-Elevens, Wawas, XtraMarts - but as they cross into La Plata, a glamorous new store stands out like a beautiful brick beacon.

You can learn more about Dash In Food Stores and their new store design here

Cumberland Farms, a leader in the convenience store industry, bakes fresh bread everyday in their Westboro facility. Store Managers order the bread each week and the bread is shipped to all 600 stores within days.

The bakery also produces hamburger buns, hotdog buns, cookies, donuts and ice cream cones.

The Stop That Keep You Going

Careers That Keep You Growing.

That's what many recently hired Store Managers are saying about their decisions to join Cumberland Farms. "Many employees have been with the Company 10, 15 or 20 years! It's not un-heard of to meet a 30 year employee" said Jon Stallward of Canton, MA. Jon worked for a "big box" retailer up until recently when he decided he needed more career stability with career advancement.

To see Cumberland Farms employment opportunities in your area, visit http://www.cumberlandfarms.com/ today!