Five Principles to Avoid a Midlife Hospitality Career Crisis

In 15 years as an agency recruiter I have had countless conversations with professionals at a crossroads in their career. Some were able to make critical decisions from a position of strength, some were at a point of weakness, and some were in a panic. “Life” just crept up, and they found themselves needing to…

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Chef Joe D’Alessandro, Founder and CEO of Strategic Hospitality Search

Food and beverage businesses have turned to Strategic Hospitality Search for their expert executive and management search services. Whether restaurants, hotels, caterers, manufacturers, or distributors, SHS remains loyal to its mission: We empower leaders to achieve higher levels of transformational leadership and together we create cultures of excellence.

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THE POWER OF A BLIND DISHWASHER

Could hiring a disabled person save you money, increase your guest counts, and bring your team to a new level of unity? Read what one Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Partner discovered, and the research that will surprise you. We are excited to release our latest article, “The Power of a Blind Dishwasher.” Would you believe…

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THE “TRIPLE WIN” BENEFITS OF A STRUCTURED CULINARY STAGE PROGRAM

Chefs want to evaluate the talent pool before making their final choice of who to hire and mentor. Aspiring culinarians seek career-building jobs under the best chefs but don’t have the experience or connections to get them. The solution: schedule a “stage.” Originating from the French word stagiaire, meaning “trainee, apprentice, intern,” a stage occurs…

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Are Your Career Goals Vision-driven?

Are Your Career Goals Vision-driven? As you close the books on 2015 and look forward to the new chapters to write, you should be taking time to consider whether your goals for 2016 are aligned with your career vision. Yes, next year will be about the work you do for your company as it should.…

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Resume Tips

1. TELL THE TRUTH…AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH The best companies will not tolerate falsehood…so do not embellish… ever…about anything. Besides, you have value wherever you are in your career and there is a great job out there for the YOU that YOU ARE! 2. USE MICROSOFT WORD…OR ENSURE MICROSOFT COMPATABILITY Microsoft has the market…

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Interview Tips

Always wear a solid color, conservative suit Conservative, long-sleeved shirt/blouse, preferably white For Chefs, wear a white, spotless, pressed jacket without any logo or name, polished shoes, black socks and black pants. Hosiery at or near skin color Carry a light briefcase or portfolio instead (with resume, references, paper and pen) Polished, dark, conservative, low-heel…

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Do’s and Dont’s for Tasting Interviews

With increasing frequency operators are requiring chef candidates to perform “practical application” interviews, more commonly known as “tastings.” Companies large and small conduct them for three main reasons: They reveal a candidate’s actual culinary skills They provide insight into a candidate’s character under pressure They help evaluate culture fit and bring the candidate’s would-be peers…

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Do’s and Dont’s for Tasting Interviews

With increasing frequency operators are requiring chef candidates to perform “practical application” interviews, more commonly known as “tastings.” Companies large and small conduct them for three main reasons: They reveal a candidate’s actual culinary skills They provide insight into a candidate’s character under pressure They help evaluate culture fit and bring the candidate’s would-be peers…

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Qualifications of a Culinary Warrior

Steering consumer spending through Cloud Control. Emerging trends like Latin Immersion, rapid cooking technology, “stoner food,” and Food Halls replacing Food Courts. How food incubators work. Asian chefs extracting juice from bug glands. These are just a few things you learn when you attend the Research Chefs Association (RCA) annual conference. This year’s event in Portland was…

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