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STEP 4: Look for Chef Jobs and Apply

STEP 4: Look for Chef Jobs and Apply

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Once you’ve amassed some culinary skills and experience, it’ll be time to apply for a job or apprenticeship in the kitchen. Be sure you have a stand-out résumé, an impeccable cover letter, and have brushed up on your interview skills. Follow our expert advice on honing your job search, applying for, and landing the job.

Your Cover Letter and Resume

An employer typically gives each applicant’s resume and cover letter a 30-second look before deciding to consider it or throw the application in the trash. Be sure your offering conveys your skills, talents, and background so that your future doesn’t end up in the garbage.

Cover Letter

Your cover letter is an essential part of your application. You want to make it memorable while straightforward and to the point. Remember: you must fit a lot of important and captivating information in ONE PAGE, including your mailing address.

You need to tailor your cover letter to your reader – the employer. Visit your potential employer’s web site or read the company’s annual report to learn more about it, and then use your cover letter to demonstrate how your skills and experience can benefit the organization.

Also, highlight your biggest accomplishments and skills. Sell yourself – don’t be shy! For an admin job, it is important to point out any office skills, your teamwork attitude, previous administrative experience, education, etc. Make your strengths stand out by using active verbs and descriptive adjectives. For example, instead of simply saying “I have experience managing kitchen staff” state “I developed strong administrative and leadership skills from working three years in a four-star restaurant.”