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    Career Opportunities for Culinary Professionals

    Career Opportunities for Culinary Professionals
    Culinary professionals are needed not just in hotel dining facilities and traditional restaurants but in a variety of settings—public and private, consumer-oriented and institutional. An increased emphasis on nutrition, sophistication, and financial and quality control means that all settings, from the white-tablecloth restaurant to the fast-food outlet, offer interesting challenges. [widget:355] Hotels often have a number of different dining facilities, including ...
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    Career Profile: Personal Chef

    Career Profile: Personal Chef
    Job Description: A personal chef is not a private chef! While a private chef is employed by one individual or family at a time, a personal chef serves several clients, usually one per day, and provides multiple meals that are custom-designed for the clients’ particular requests and requirements. These meals are packaged and stored, so that the clients may enjoy them ...
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    10 Signs the Recession is Over

    1. The National Restaurant Association Predicts Record Profits for 2010 Yup. That's right. Record profits for 2010. In their newly released 2010 forecast, the National Restaurant Association predicts that 2010 will be the best of the last three years, seeing a profit of $580 billion and a 2.5% increase in sales over 2009. While that's good news for us restaurant industry ...
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    9 Ways to Wake Up Earlier

    Some of us are night owls. Others, early birds. Apparently, based on your chronotype, you will be more naturally alert earlier or later in the day. And your type may dictate when and for how long you sleep. But while a natural variance in sleep patterns is natural, it appears that the early bird is indeed the more coveted of ...
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    Honesty Always Best Policy When Writing Up Your Resume

    Honesty Always Best Policy When Writing Up Your Resume
    Fibbing on your resume is a really bad idea. First, you probably will be found out by the army of commercial background screeners that employers deploy to scour resumes, check criminal records and pull credit histories. Plus, you don't need to. Many bosses are pretty forgiving if you come clean about a minor brush with the law or a supervisor so ...
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    Career Profile: Food & Beverage Director

    Career Profile: Food & Beverage Director
    Job Description: The food and beverage director oversees management, budget and operation of the food service establishment, catering services and kitchen, and maintains a close liaison with the sales department to ensure maximum profitability. h4. *National Median Salary:* $53,792 h4. *Education Requirements:* While many food and beverage directors have a background in the food preparation business, having attained degrees in the ...
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    Top 5 Cities to Build Wealth

    Top 5 Cities to Build Wealth
    Is your paycheck not stretching far enough? Are you considering moving to a new town? Are you just looking to change jobs? If so, it may be time to look at one of the cities at the top of Salary.com’s 2008 Salary Value Index. The compensation experts at Salary.com uncovered the top US cities for building personal net worth by taking ...
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    Resume Dilemma: Employment Gaps and Job-Hopping How to Handle a Spotty Work History

    In today's economy, you need to carefully present your experience to avoid being seen as unstable. Start by evaluating your situation and determining how bad it really is. If you are panicking about two months of unemployment back in 1984, your job search will probably not be affected. However, if you are dealing with recent periods of unemployment extending for months ...
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    What's a Personal Chef?

    What's a Personal Chef?
    Imagine this: you’ve been at work all day, and you’re exhausted. Maybe you’ve been working on a project for days on end, barely stopping to eat lunch along the way. Maybe you’ve been on your feet all day, so the only thing you want to do when you get home is relax. Not hard to imagine, is it? Everyone’s busy, and ...
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    4 Career Lessons from American Olympians

    Lindsey Vonn: Don’t Stop When it Starts to Hurt Lindsey Vonn is the first American woman to win a gold medal in the Olympic downhill skiing. A contender in Torino in 2006, Vonn suffered a terrible crash that sent her to the hospital. She left with pain arching through her legs and back but still competed in five events. She didn’t ...
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    Restaurants Are Hiring Again, But Are You Ready?

    Are you prepared to rejoin the work force? Job hunting has changed a lot since we entered a recession; after so many rounds of layoffs across all industries, many companies don't look the same as they did before the recession — restaurants are no different! Culinary job seekers have to deal with a lot of new factors, from being productive ...
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    8 Money Saving Tips from the Great Depression

    8 Money Saving Tips from the Great Depression
    The economy is sour and we have yet to see signs of the recovery in our own lives, but there’s no need to hoard every penny you’ve got and live in fear. Why? We’ve been through bad times before. And we didn't just survive — we emerged even stronger and smarter than before. When? The Great Depression of the 1930s, for ...
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    Land and Ace a Restaurant Job Interview

    Land and Ace a Restaurant Job Interview
    By 2016, there will be an additional 1.9 million restaurant jobs in the United States, according to the National Restaurant Association. Knowing what skills are in demand, as well as how to cook up a succinct, attractive resume and what to expect during the interview process, will help you stand out. Heed these tips: Keep Your Resume Succinct Think of your ...
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    Career Profile: Executive Chef

    Career Profile: Executive Chef
    Job Description: Executive chefs, or head cooks, coordinate the work of the kitchen staff and directs the preparation of all meals. They determine serving sizes, plan and price menus, order food supplies, keep records and accounts, and oversee kitchen operations to ensure uniform quality and presentation of meals. Most executive chefs prepare the menu items that take the most skill, and ...
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    Top 10 Ways to Get Fired

    Top 10 Ways to Get Fired
    Most start their jobs with the best of intentions, never thinking they could be fired. After all, that's a fate reserved primarily for incompetents and workers caught with their hand in the company till, right? Wrong. You might not realize just how slippery the slope out the door can be. Workplace Mistakes to Avoid To guard your job security, be sure ...
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    Why You Should Learn Spanish

    Why You Should Learn Spanish
    You're an international food marketer. You call a colleague, supervisor or supplier in Latin America or Spain. The only foreign word you know is hola, but when the receptionist answers the phone speaking machine gun-rapid Spanish, you don't panic. You ask to be transferred to Mr. So-and-So. "Just a minute, sir. I'll put you through," the receptionist responds in perfect English. ...
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    STEP 3: Get the Education and Skills You Need

    STEP 3: Get the Education and Skills You Need
    On-the-job training is most common for fast-food cooks, short-order cooks, and food preparation workers but most chefs and others with more advanced cooking duties attend culinary school. There is a wide range of training programs available in the culinary arts field— _Vocational or trade-school programs_ typically offer basic training in food handling and sanitation procedures, nutrition, slicing and dicing methods for ...
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    STEP 1: Research the Field

    STEP 1: Research the Field
    There are many different kinds of chefs. Once you discover what kind of chef you would like to be, you will be able to improve your skills and focus on that specific area of the culinary arts that most suits you. Luckily for you, Chef's Blade has put together a list of the most popular culinary positions and specializations. We'll start ...
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    Preparing for a Tough Job Interview

    Preparing for a Tough Job Interview
    I recently gave a communications lecture to a group of big city police officers. Most of the men and women were lieutenants preparing for the most important job interview of their careers—promotion to captain. The selection process is intense. These officers only get the opportunity to apply once every four years, and only a few will make it. Some are nearing ...
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    STEP 2: Decide If Becoming a Chef Is Right for You

    STEP 2: Decide If Becoming a Chef Is Right for You
    Culinary work takes a great deal of dedication, motivation, and passion. It also calls for a comfort with teamwork and openness to training. When figuring out if becoming a chef is the best fit for you, ask yourself the following— Can I multi-task? You will often be required to do many things at once, so be prepared. As you will learn, ...
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