Career Growth

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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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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Five Career Resolutions For 2014

So…in this article, the headhunters write how to resolve to leave your job for a better one if the following list of expectations isn’t met, right? Wrong. Our agency’s deepest desire is that you, the candidate, be the best at what you do. When you get better at your profession, you make the world a…

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Believe This Headline: YOU Are In Demand

As you approach the New Year, are you thinking about changing jobs? You’re not alone. Millions of your peers are thinking just like you. Here’s the reason: You are in demand. According to a recent report issued by The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), “The service sector is forecast to have the highest rate…

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The Power of Patience

The world is moving at a frantic pace and the increase in speed is putting our crafts and careers in jeopardy. Younger generations grow up so accustomed to instantly-gratifying experiences that the capacity for patience is rapidly eroding from our society. Mastering a craft seems to fly in the face of the quick-synapse lifestyles of…

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What are your weaknesses?

This interview question is among the most dreaded. Since you are a subject matter expert on the topic of the interview, yourself, that would mean that dread of this question is a by-product of a lack in preparation. Therefore, it is an area you can improve upon. Employers ask the “strengths and weaknesses” questions for…

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Feeling Stuck? Four Ways to Get Back On Track This Week

You look up from your uninspired workspace and you realize that the last quarter or year was a blur. You’ve allowed yourself to be weighted down by workaday tasks which have left you pessimistically uninspired. You flip through your calendar to count the days until your next vacation and it’s farther off then you thought.…

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Are You Coachable?

During the interview process when you inevitably say, “I’m always learning,” is that a statement about your head or your heart? Would you describe your learning strategy as skills-based or leadership-based? Employers can easily find people who can apply a skill, and are increasingly using contractors to fill “skills gaps.” We need to learn and…

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Interviews: Sharing Too Much, or Not Enough?

During the interview process how do you gauge how much to disclose about yourself? When you decide what to disclose…when do you disclose it? How you handle these decisions will have an effect on your interviews, your job, and your career. On the front lines of talent acquisition and retention I see the success of…

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Five Tips for Long-term Career Success

Through the recruiting profession I have gotten to know the careers of thousands of people in every area of hospitality operations, culinary arts, and food innovation. In addition to reviewing a candidate’s past, at Strategic Hospitality Search we also examine a candidate’s future. In doing so, we ask “What are your short-term and long-term goals,…

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What Do You Want From Me?

Did this phrase become a cliché in your life? It did in mine. Growing up with two second-generation Italian parents* whose discussions often became “spirited,” I would often hear one of them exclaim, “What do you want from me?” This rhetorical question signaled two things. The first I learned as a kid: the argument was…

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