Delicious Career Tips for Every Chef

After the 1st article about making the most…delicious resume, the moment for the next dish has come – that of the interview – but also of the dessert – that of the relations at work. I hope the following tips will help you!

1) Always turn down interview proposals in a polite way

It’s a very small world out there. If an employer offers you a job that you do not care about, give feedback about the reason for rejecting the proposal, and thank him for his time. Also, if you are interviewed for a job but change your mind for any reason, make sure you get your potential employers informed. Not answering calls or being rude may close many doors. When the right opportunity comes with the same person, he/she will no longer want to deal with you.

2) You need a portfolio of photos of your work

What’s most necessary nowadays! All chefs who make creative dishes have a portfolio of their work. This shows the employer from the very beginning that you are aware of both gastronomic trends and technology.

The easiest thing to do is create an Instagram account with photos of your dishes. All you need is a good cell phone. Over time you will build a nice portfolio and you can simply put your Instagram link on the top of your resume. Take care of the photos you upload to actually show your abilities. We do not need to see a boiled broccoli 🙂

3) Make a research for the job position and the company

Before the interview, the employer has already studied your experience. At the interview he wants to check your character and your excitement about the position you are applying for. Finding information about the company and the position beforehand and telling them what you like about them will greatly improve your chances of being hired!

4) Do not talk bad about your employers

Always behave well in the interview. I do not know why many Chefs still think that a “bad” attitude will help them somehow in the interview. This is not going to happen, and many have already lost great opportunities because of this.

Also, if they ask you about a previous employer, do not say bad things about him. For example, to the question “Why did you leave your last position”, a completely wrong answer could be, “They did not do well, other things were promised and others were given to me, so I felt it was time to move on.” So you would better say “I really liked my time there and it was a pleasure to work with the team, but it’s time to take the next step in my career.”

If you misjudge an employer, even if you are right in your criticism, the potential employer will think about what you will say about him if your cooperation does not go well. This thought alone can cost you the position if several qualified Chefs compete for the same one. And believe me for the good positions there is always a remarkable and tough competition!

Inspired by: Hospitalio Recruitment

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