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    Career Profile: Sous Chef

    Career Profile: Sous Chef
    Job Description: A sous chef, or sub chef, is the second-in-command and runs the kitchen in the absence of the chef de cuisine and executive chef. In a large establishment, the sous chef may be in charge of food production for one kitchen; in a smaller operation, the sous chef ensures that all food production workers are performing their duties as ...
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    How to Stay Positive in a Negative Workplace

    How to Stay Positive in a Negative Workplace
    “How do I keep the contagious effect of negativity from rubbing off on me?” is the question that I’m asked most frequently by my seminar participants. My reply: The Three P’s. These were inspired by the work of Dr. Martin Seligman who has extensively studied what makes some people positive despite the most dire circumstances. Likewise, what makes some people consistently ...
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    Who's Who: Hospitality Industry

    Who's Who: Hospitality Industry
    The vast majority of workers in this industry—more than 4 out of 5 in 2006—were employed in service and office and administrative support occupations. Workers in these occupations usually learn their skills on the job. Postsecondary education is not required for most entry-level positions; however, college training is extremely helpful for advancement in some of the occupations. For those in administrative ...
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    10 Ways to Make Yourself Unfireable

    Don't just stand there, basking in your continued employment... Phew. You survived the culling. Or maybe your restaurant has managed to avoid a mass layoff. Either way, you're one of the lucky ones. Unlike so many of your friends and family, you won’t have to deal with the unemployment office or cancel your cable -- yet. But instead of sipping ...
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    Is Restaurant Management Your Next Step?

    Is Restaurant Management Your Next Step?
    Whenever Jerry Westrom interviews a potential management candidate, he talks about all the negatives surrounding the position before going into greater detail about the positives. "I need to know their heart is in it, that they are truly committed," says Westrom, who owns an Ember's Restaurant in Cambridge, Minnesota. "If they seem skeptical about anything, I don't know if they will ...
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    The Restaurant Toolbox

    The Restaurant Toolbox
    As a restaurant manager, you're expected to meet the daily challenges of running a restaurant head on and fight daily fires quickly and efficiently. The speed at which business occurs in a restaurant, along with the tight profit margins, means every move counts. Myriad technology solutions exist to reduce costs and streamline an operation. From back-of-the-house software that will manage purchasing, ...
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    The First Step to Finding Your Dream Job

    The First Step to Finding Your Dream Job
    We know it's possible, even if we haven't read The Four-Hour Work Week yet. We know people in our neighborhoods or we've seen people on TV who have dream jobs, so we know they exist. It's the post-millennium workplace fantasy: To do work we love and are passionate about, be paid well for doing it, and to work among smart and ...
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    I Have a Business Idea. What Now?

    I Have a Business Idea. What Now?
    Prospective clients often ask this question: "I have an idea and I want to start a business, but where do I go from here?" Depending on their background, their proposed industry and what they have accomplished at the time the question is asked, my answer varies. However, one component of my answer never changes: I always advise clients to do some ...
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    Self-Confidence: The Key to Your Success

    Self-Confidence: The Key to Your Success
    One common characteristic of the great leaders I meet is self-confidence, which of course makes sense. Leaders have to inspire confidence in others. It would be difficult for others to believe in us if we don't even believe in ourselves. Great leaders have to take risks. While getting to "acceptable" may not involve risk, getting to "one of a kind" does. ...
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    Who's Who: Food Processing Occupations

    Who's Who: Food Processing Occupations
    Food processing occupations include many different types of workers who process raw food products into the finished goods sold by grocers, wholesalers, restaurants, or institutional food services. These workers perform a variety of tasks and are responsible for producing many of the food products found in every household. Some of these workers are bakers, others process meat, and still others operate ...
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    Keeping the Faith: How to be a Successful Personal Chef

    Keeping the Faith: How to be a Successful Personal Chef
    Last week, we talked about the two most important things you need to have in order to be a successful personal chef. This week, I'd like to talk to you about one more thing that is absolutely essential if you're going to succeed. It's going to sound incredibly simple, and it's also going to sound like something that will make you ...
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    The 10 Worst Job Tips Ever

    The 10 Worst Job Tips Ever
    Nearly every day, someone sends me a bit of astounding job-search advice from a blog or a newsletter. Some of this advice seems to come directly from the planet X-19, and some of it seems to have been made up on the spot. Here are 10 of my favorite pieces of atrocious job-search advice, for you to read and ignore at ...
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    Stalk Your Way to a New Job

    Stalk Your Way to a New Job
    The internet has made stalkers out of all of us. You know exactly what I'm talking about. But instead of stalking your ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend, consider using your newfound detective skills for more productive (i.e. less emotionally jarring) purposes, like snagging the job of your dreams. Interested in a company and need to find a person to contact? Google away. Trying ...
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    STEP 5: Become Indispensable

    STEP 5: Become Indispensable
    Congratulations! You’ve gotten the job. Now you need to prove they can’t live without you. That involves embracing your job description and then going above and beyond it. Every chef must embody the following qualities: • *Be Trustworthy*: You know your bosses and your organization better than anyone. The people you work with and support need the comfort of knowing they can ...
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    Careers in Food Service Management

    Careers in Food Service Management
    In a tough economy, jobs can be lost when consumers put off buying houses, cars, appliances or clothes, but everyone has to eat. And at a time of belt-tightening, schools, hospitals, long-term care facilities, sports arenas and commercial businesses increasingly contract out their cafeterias, dining rooms and concession stands, making careers in food service management hotter than an industrial oven. Sodexo ...
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    Want a Chance to Win $500 Just for Using Chef's Blade?

    Frequently Asked Questions: Chef's Blade's Spring Is Greener Promotion Do I need to register more than once? No How do I increase my odds of winning? Simply sign into your Chef's Blade account once a day through March 31, 2010 to be entered again to win. If you allow your browser to save your log-in information, you will need to click ...
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    Job-Hunting Truths: What 'No' Really Means

    Job-Hunting Truths: What 'No' Really Means
    Don't be demoralized when an employer turns you down. The reasons behind a rejection usually have more to do with the company than with you. You've probably read plenty of job-hunting articles. And they're all the same. A so-called expert will advise you to develop a plan, broaden your skills, and network. On résumés, they will counsel you to customize, use ...
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    Love in the Work Kitchen

    Roberta Chinsky Matuson | Monster Contributing Writer Could the love of your life be in the station right next to you? You've been working 12-hour days in the kitchen for years, and the promotion to head chef is so close you can taste it. Everything is going according to plan - until a new coworker catches your eye. You see your ...
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    How to Make Your Resume Recession-Ready

    How to Make Your Resume Recession-Ready
    While you shouldn’t let the hysteria about today's economy derail your job hunt, you will have to get smarter in your job search strategy. How? By revising your tactics to include a more solution-selling approach to make your value clear to potential employers. You must always answer the question, "What's in it for them?" not, "What's in it for me?" Stay ...
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    Resume Dilemma: Recent Graduate

     Resume Dilemma: Recent Graduate
    You've spent four years or more building your knowledge and perhaps even earned a high GPA. So why aren't employers clamoring for your services? The problem you and other new graduates face is that hiring managers are more interested in what you can do for them than what you did in school. So use your resume to convince employers that your ...