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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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    Is Your Job Actually Important to Your Restaurant?

    Every job in the restaurant is important, no matter how small! I’ve spoken to many restaurant professionals over the years, who believe they are in a worthless job with no future. The fact is, nothing could be further from the truth; the only person in the restaurant with nowhere to grow is the owner! If someone feels this way about ...
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    7 Ways to Handle Your Dysfunctional Workplace

    7 Ways to Handle Your Dysfunctional Workplace
    Workplace dysfunction may be funny when you’re watching “The Office,” but it’s serious business when you’re trying to cope with it every day. The good news is that it doesn’t have to bring you down. Nobody says dealing with dysfunction is easy, but if you follow this advice, chances are you can at least stay above the fray: #1: Step Away ...
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    6 Steps to a Raise

    6 Steps to a Raise
    Many employees feel they’re underpaid for the work they do, yet they wait until their yearly performance review to negotiate a higher salary. But if you wait until then, you’ll be too late. You need to prepare year-round for that discussion. The following steps can help make sure you’re in position for a raise when review time comes around. *1. Define ...
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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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    Ten Excuses for Missing Work (Which Will Fly?)

    Ten Excuses for Missing Work (Which Will Fly?)
    Taking mornings, afternoons, or even entire days off from work is nothing to be ashamed of. Especially because the base labor in many career fields is becoming abstracted, allowing for the possibility of video-conferencing and telecommuting, there is often nothing wrong with working from home, or putting in a few hours after work one day and arriving late the next. And ...
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    4 Money-Saving Ways Companies and Restaurants Are Going Green

    4 Money-Saving Ways Companies and Restaurants Are Going Green
    The current trend with everyone currently is to ‘go green’ and this trend definitely does not stop at large and small companies alike. Everyone is looking to save a little bit of money in any way possible, if going green will help them do this then they will gladly look into it. 1. Reusable/Recycled Bags This is one of the most ...
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    Workplace Myths, Lies and Audiotape

    Workplace Myths, Lies and Audiotape
    The workplace can be a legal battlefield. The cost of war is high, with emotional cases resembling divorces more than business disputes. A company’s human resources director and lawyer work hard to avoid circumstances where the business could wind up making headlines. However, there is a cost to an overly conservative approach sometimes driven by workplace myths — in the quality ...
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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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    Sweet Success: How to Sell Desserts

    Sweet Success: How to Sell Desserts
    Bringing silverware to assist with breaking through the sugary crust of a crème brulee before dessert is even ordered is how servers increase sweets sales at Bayleaf Restaurant in Napa, California. It also helps to be knowledgeable about the chocolate bombe, right down to the Chambord sauce, according to Daniel Bolyarde. As head server at the fine dining establishment in the ...
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    How to Deal with Difficult Diners

    How to Deal with Difficult Diners
    Peter Vogt | MonsterTRAK Career Coach He doesn't like where he's sitting. He orders something not even remotely on the menu. His food is too cold, too spicy or both. He wants what he wants, he wants it now, and he'll be vocal to get it if necessary -- even if it means causing a scene. He's the quintessential difficult diner, ...
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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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    5 Tips to Get a Work Life that Doesn't Suck

    5 Tips to Get a Work Life that Doesn't Suck
    Michelle DeAngelis is the founder and president of Michelle Inc., a management consulting firm that has served Fortune 500 companies for 14 years. In her book, Get A Life That Doesn't Suck, she details tricks helpful to entrepreneurs looking for guidance on living life and starting their business successfully. WomenEntrepreneur.com asked her to discuss five key tips from her book from ...
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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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    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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    7 Crazy Kitchen Accidents

    The kitchen is a minefield of accident, waiting to happen. No mater how you slice it, the kitchen is a dangerous place. With knives, fire, and hot oil bouncing around, a restaurant's kitchen is a minefield of accidents waiting to happen. I would say it’s safe to write, never trust a chef without burn marks along his arms. Kitchen accidents: ...
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    5 Dirty Restaurant Secrets

    You never know what lies behind the closed doors of a restaurant Restaurants are busy, bustling places, where a lot has to get done in a short amount of time and on the tightest budget possible. While the final product may look and taste amazing, one wonders, considering the time and financial restraints, just what happened to the food before ...
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