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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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    Ace the 10 Most Common Interview Questions

    Ace the 10 Most Common Interview Questions
    Too many job seekers stumble through interviews as if the questions are coming out of left field. But many interview questions are to be expected. Study this list and plan your answers ahead of time so you’ll be ready to deliver them with confidence. What Are Your Weaknesses? This is the most dreaded question of all. Handle it by minimizing your ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    What's Wrong With Personal References?

    What's Wrong With Personal References?
    How could your sixth-grade teacher, next-door neighbor, or golfing buddy comment on your management style, responsibilities or the quality of your performance on the job? The answer: They can't. Often, job seekers think a "personal" reference is someone they've worked with who also happens to be a personal friend. In my book, that's a business or professional reference because of the ...
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    10 Best and Worst Bosses: Which One Are You?

    Succeeding in culinary school is more than just being a good student We’ve all had bosses that we’ve either loved or hated. The boss who helped you get that promotion, or the one who clipped his toenails before his shift, in the kitchen – hello, health inspection! Some help us advance our career, while others seem to hold us back. ...
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    Top 10 Things Career Changers Should Never Do

    Top 10 Things Career Changers Should Never Do
    Changing careers is never easy. Half the world thinks you've lost your mind, headhunters say you'll never work again and your relatives contribute the old "I told you so" routine. But for many burned-out, bored or multitalented folks who are sitting on skills they're not getting a chance to use, changing fields is the only way to keep from losing their ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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