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    How to Survive Culinary School

    Succeeding in culinary school is more than just being a good student I can't think of many fields of work that are more fun, dynamic, and fascinating than culinary work, so I certainly don't want to scare anyone away, but culinary school is a meat grinder. I started school with around 45 people in my class and graduated with about ...
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    Job Seekers, Don't Take December Off, Experts Advise

    Job Seekers, Don't Take December Off, Experts Advise
    It may be almost time to hang up the Christmas stockings – but not the job search. Resist that temptation. Smart job seekers will jump in first thing Monday with a clear plan of action for the next six weeks, experts say. Following that strategy paid off for Katherine Smith – twice. She landed a job on Dec. 18, 2006. After ...
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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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    Top 25 Cities for Culinary Jobs

    Top 25 Cities for Culinary Jobs
    Now more than ever, it’s important to get the best bang for your buck. And there’s no question about it — when it comes to value, not every U.S. city is created equally. Why chase a great salary if your rent swallows most of it, unemployment is skyrocketing and you spend two hours a day just to get to and from ...
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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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    Break into Bartending

    Break into Bartending
    Double-digit job growth is expected in food services and drinking places during the next six years, according to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics. That includes restaurants, bars, clubs, pubs and taverns. This is great news for wannabe bartenders and servers. Polishing your act with the right look and skill set will help you mix up a potent career in ...
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    An Introduction to Food Styling

    An Introduction to Food Styling
    I have been in the Food Styling business since 1995 after graduating from Tante Marie’s Cooking School in San Francisco; 6 months earlier, I had decided to change careers, leaving corporate America to pursue my passion for food. When I started cooking school I had never heard of food styling as a career, but the first time someone told me about ...
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    Restaurant Apprenticeships

    Restaurant Apprenticeships
    Jamie Popp | Monster Contributing Writer On-the-Job Training Provides Invaluable Industry Experience Graduating from a recognized culinary school isn't necessarily the only path to landing your dream job as a chef in a posh restaurant. Apprenticeships are another option to help you break into the restaurant industry - and they don't require spending a lot of cash for an advanced ...
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    12 Networking Tips for Culinary Conventions

    Culinary conventions can be a great way to meet other culinary professionals, keep up with what's hot in the culinary industry, and experience a new city. They can also be a great opportunity to show off your food and wine if you get a booth. Recently, Chef's Blade went to SFChefs.Food.Wine and even as networking veterans, we learned a lot. ...
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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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    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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    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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    Hit Your Stride in Hospitality

    Hit Your Stride in Hospitality
    If you'd like to work in an industry where it's possible to go from the dish room to the boardroom, a career in hospitality may be right for you. You'll probably have to wait tables and prep a few meals in between, but the rewards are well worth the work. And while the hospitality industry has kept itself lean over the ...
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    5 Job Hunting Mistakes that Scream "I'm Unprofessional"

    5 Job Hunting Mistakes that Scream "I'm Unprofessional"
    In most job-filling situations, the employer has the luxury of choosing from several well-qualified applicants, all of whom could probably do the job. That's when the little things, like the common but often unrecognized mistakes described here, almost always come into play. Make sure you avoid them, so they don't cost you a shot at the job. h4. *1. Using a ...
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    15 Stupidest Ways to Lose Your Job

    Sometimes, a person will lose their job through no fault of their own. The whims of a psychotic boss, an economy in shambles, or a simple misunderstanding lead an otherwise satisfactory employee to the chopping block. Other times, a person will lose their job because they have done something so incredibly foolish, you wonder how they ever got the job ...
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    How Not to Fail at Culinary School

    Succeed at culinary school with these 10 tips! [widget:354] Have you or are you pursuing your dream of attending culinary school? Congratulations if you are! There’s no time like now to do so. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, culinary arts is one of the fastest growing occupations in the nation. There are a number of reasons people go ...
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    Chef's Blade's Guide to 'Massaging' Your Resume

    Chef's Blade's Guide to 'Massaging' Your Resume
    Have you been unemployed awhile? No experience? In today’s economy, you need to carefully present yourself to potential employers to avoid being seen as unstable. Competition will be tough so you will need to start strategizing about how to promote yourself. Whatever your story is...you have strengths to capitalize on. Here is a guide to crafting your resume to sell yourself ...
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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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    How Culinary Internships Can Get You a Job

    Have you considered the importance of a culinary internship? Partway through my time at St. Olaf College, I realized I was spending more time working at restaurants as a cook than studying for class and I knew that the culinary world is where I wanted to be. I did want formal culinary training, though, so a week after dropping out ...
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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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