Career Growth

Boost Your Career And Become More Valuable Through Certifications

Leaders are learners. The best leaders keep learning throughout their career. Continuous education not only propels you to excellence as an operator, but it is also a great way to increase attractiveness to potential employers. Since getting into a classroom a few days a week won’t work for most busy Chefs, Managers, and Executives, consider…

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Seven Ways to Wreck Your Interview

This month marks seventeen years in hospitality recruiting and, like Farmers Insurance, “we know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two.” We have seen talented candidates – Executives, Chefs, and Managers – lose an opportunity because of one slip. Whether you’re the CEO or the Sous Chef, you have equal opportunity…

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I Think My New Boss Doesn’t Like Me…Now What?

Making a job or career transition can be stressful. Complicating the challenge are the emotions that surface when we are introduced to a new environment and new people. People who have been working together for a while have bonds forged in the work they have done together. It is only natural to feel like a…

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Hospitality Interviews: “You’re on!”

One of my mentors in hospitality told me, “The moment your feet touch the ground on property, consider yourself ‘on.’” He would repeat these words when addressing resort operations staff prior to high season, letting us all know that we are to be ambassadors of our resort brand to every one of our guests. This…

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Four Keys to Multi-unit Leadership

In my previous role, I had the honor of supporting a great number of amazing multi-unit restaurant leaders over the course of twelve years. I learned as much from them as I hope they did from me. I think the roles of Area Director, Regional Manager, and other multi-unit roles are the most important posts…

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Can They Tell You Want the Job?

“She’s knowledgeable, articulate, and relatable. We like her experience. But…we can’t tell if she wants the job. So, we’re going to move on to another candidate.” We hear that post-interview feedback from a client several times a year. When we asked the candidate about the same interview, the candidate usually says, “It went very well.”…

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Interviewing with a Celebrity Chef or Restaurateur

Interviewing with a Celebrity Chef or Restaurateur We are privileged to serve all of our clients, and some of our clients have celebrity status. Some are Chefs with hit TV shows, best-seller cookbooks, and successful worldwide businesses. Some are restaurateurs who seem to strike gold with every new operation they open. When you are interviewing…

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Hospitality Managers: Teach P&L Skills

This year SHS has been in analytics mode, employing a professional researcher to study a variety of topics that affect hiring in the hospitality verticals we serve. (What can I say? We’re curious.) One piece of the research included the analysis of over 500 job postings to gather objective data on the attributes sought most…

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Four Interview Basics That Give You An Edge

Four Interview Basics That Give You An Edge Many job applicants are losing sight of some basic interviewing skills, and it’s not just recruiters who are noticing. Here are just four basics that will give you an edge over your competition. Arrive Early, Unflustered Several years back I had a candidate who had an interview…

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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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