4 Ways to Turn Your Restaurant Job Into a Real Career

Millions of Americans work in the Food Service industry. Often those jobs start off as part-time jobs or temporary jobs. Over time, many of us learn we really enjoy the work and decide to advance into a food career – moving into restaurant management jobs, food service management jobs, catering manager jobs, or some other Food related specialty position, like a Pastry Chef job or Executive Chef job. There are many food job opportunities to advance you into a solid career, and earn you more money. Follow the advice in this article and you may just see your own Food career aspirations become reality.

Recent studies report four primary reasons why more than half of all Food Industry job interviews end without a job offer being made. Learn these four issues and how to bypass them. Use that knowledge to adjust your own job search, and advance yourself in your current job, or get a great job somewhere else. Do that, and you will likely see your own restaurant or food service job suddenly transform into a career proposition.

As you will see in the examples below, job seekers often fail because of poor attention to details and lack of planning as it relates to their job search. It's true. Most of us still believe that a basic, simple resume that outlines where and when you worked is all you need to get a great job. Sorry, that's no longer true. Gone are the days where your resume was your ticket to a great job. Does not matter if you deliver a thirty page resume with unending details on projects or professional references or success stats. Nowadays the focus is on the whole package. Today a serious job candidate in the Food industry must have a well structured job search plan that takes into consideration the needs of the employer and requirements of the job – and how the job seeker can – and has – successfully managed those responsibilities in the past; including associated work documents, job references, past job statistics and real-time examples of how you have solved problems and created production in a similar environment, all are essential aspects of getting a career level job offer. But they are not difficult to organize, once you know how. It's bringing a potential employer a complete package about you and how you relate to the job you want that will get you hired into the title you seek.

Let's start with the four key areas where most food job applicants and other Food Service workers have issue – and how to fix them.

1. Resume Mistakes

Sounds simple, but it's true. Sloppy work. Superficial information. Misspellings. Lack of information relating to the job. No job related statistics. There are over twenty areas on a resume that will knock you out if not handled correctly.

Our firm specializes in organizing resume information so the employer's mind is given a guided tour of the job seeker's experience, as it relates to …

How to Gain More Than You Invest in Reading

Are you really reading?

You may have found yourself in a position something like this before. You have a book that you will be quizzed over in your next college literature class, only your chums convinced you to hit the big party at the fraternity the night before. Or maybe you just fell asleep reading it.

Next morning, mind fuzzy and hungover, you thumb through James Joyce's Ulysses in an hour, over Fruit Loops and strong coffee. The book reads like an elaborate joke written for hungover college students.

Still, maybe you remember a detail or two and get a couple points you would not have received on the quiz otherwise. You gained something. Not much.

I'll confess to having just an hour to prepare to teach The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway, which I had somehow not yet read, to a chipper group of 60 college students. Luckily, it's short.

But, suppose your boss tosss you a 50 page white paper that you need to report on in 20 minutes.

Regardless of the circumstances, you do a lot of different kinds of reading from emails to biographies, and your brain adapts to the needs of the situation (or not). The more skilled you are as a reader and writer, the easier this adaptation becomes.

Reading with a purpose

A spectrum of reading exists, from the challenging to the simple, and I 'mention just a few here to give you some context before I share some tricks for adapting your reading style. You change your reading depending on your purpose and how much time you have:

  • Critical: the serious, methodic, and evaluative. Aims to retain, learn, enter a dialogue, assessment.
  • Serious: the studious, attentive, and focused. Intends to learn but not necessarily assess or evaluate.
  • Strategic: the quick, planned, and purposeful. This is the kind I'll describe in more detail. You do not actually read the whole piece, which makes it different from the next kind.
  • Speed: the super fast and systematic. You can take courses that teach you how to do this various different ways successfully.

Just to reassure you that I'm not taking you down a path to madness, check out this quote and who said it:

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

Albert Einstein

So my aim here is to provide you with tools to allow you to adjust your reading rate depending on the circumstances.

Strategic reading
You can do strategic reading at various rates depending on how much time you have. This is the coolest quality: you can adapt on the fly. Here are the steps:

  1. Note how much time you have and how long the piece is. This lets you know how to pace yourself as you go through the process. You may even decide you need to skip some steps.
  2. Look at the title

If You Want to Take Your Mission in Life to the Next Level, Don’t Look Outside Yourself, Look Inside

This is a little story of a boy and a girl who were playing together. The boy had lot of marbles and the girl had sweets with her. The boy asked the girl if she would exchange her sweets for the marbles. The girl agreed and handed over all the sweets to the boy. However, the boy sneaked out the biggest and the most colorful marble that he had and gave the rest to the girl. That night the girl slept well but the boy was restless all night thinking that the girl may have hidden some sweets from him like the way he had hidden the marble.

The moral of the story is – ‘What you give is what you get and what you get is what you deserve’. In this case, the boy was not honest and thus had a sleepless night filled with doubt.

How often do we come across people who cheat themselves and blame the rest of the world or curse destiny for their level of existence? By nature most people like to play an inferior game and expect superior results; when results fail to come in, they begin the blame game. Isn’t that true?

Introspect and see if you too have been a victim of this self-initiated unfair game of defeat.

While you were in college, you wanted to score a distinction in your academics but put in efforts only to get a second class. What was the result?

While at work, you promised to achieve a certain result but failed to achieve it. Did you and your team really play the game of commitment at level 10?

While attending a training program you expected the trainer to give his level 10, but you never participated at level 10. What was the end result?

Think about it! Why do 1% of people control 85% of the wealth of the world? Why is it that only a handful of people have millions of followers? Why only a few people attain and maintain stardom? Why and how do champions become champions?

The answer is simple – they play their game at Level 10.

You can either believe in destiny or make your own destiny.

Do you think Sachin Tendulkar was destined to become a great cricketer or did he actually steer his life in a manner to become one? When he was barely 8 years he would spend hours practicing cricket, at the age of 12 he was scoring centuries, at the age of 16 years he played for our national team facing the likes of Imran Khan and Wasim Akram. Imagine if he had spent hours watching TV, playing silly games with friends or just lazing around for hours, would he have become an Icon?

At the age of 37, most people ignored his achievements and passion for the game and criticized him for not retiring. And he went to score a double century in one-day internationals, he was the most consistent performer in test …

I Need Help Deciding What Career to Choose Since I’ve Never Worked a Day in My Life

Well, that is a problem, isn’t it?

Thankfully, however, it’s not a showstopper. Here are 3 simple steps to crunch through when you are saying “I need help deciding what career to choose.”

1. Get to know yourself.

Talk to friends and family members. Make a list of your interests, strengths and yes, weaknesses. If you’re going to learn about yourself you need to know everything, not just what makes your mama proud.

Next, go more indepth. Take at least one and more if possible, career aptitude tests and personality tests. Remember to take these tests with a grain of salt. They are only reflective of the answers you provide; not representative of your entire identity!

Nevertheless, professional testing can give you serious clues about the career paths you need to choose. Match this information up with the data you got from your family and friends. What fits and what doesn’t?

2. Research careers.

Using the information you learned about yourself, you should have a list of career possibilities. Go online and learn all you can about those career choices. Really saturate yourself with information. After all, you will have to live with your final career choice for a long time.

When it comes to the money issue, be realistic. Some folks are alright with living with less and some of us know we would be better off with more. Give the issue of lifestyle serious consideration.

Yes, you should choose a career you know you’ll enjoy…but if you will have to live like a pauper while pursuing that career and you know you’ll hate every minute of that lifestyle, where’s the enjoyment in that? Look for balance between earning power and career satisfaction.

Remember, too, that choices such as where you must live in order to pursue a particular career can have more impact on your daily life than just money. For example, if you know you want to live in a quiet, rural setting don’t focus on a career field that only has opportunities in big cities!

3. Take a deep breath…and choose.

After all your research is completed a pattern will start to emerge. Talk to trusted family and friends again, this time with your newly acquired data and listen carefully to the comments that arise.

To be honest, you will need to sift through these comments. Friends and family are useful in that they know you and your abilities, but they can be very unhelpful if they all they have to offer is negative comments.

Don’t let anyone rain on your career parade. Try to be as objective as possible. Pretend you are interviewing your friends and families about a mutual acquaintance. See their comments dispassionately and from a distance. This will help you separate the truly helpful nuggets they have to offer from the comments that should be thrown away without internalizing. For example…

Helpful comment:

“John, when you were little you were always taking things apart and driving your mom crazy. It’s pretty obvious …

Insurance Continuing Education

There are many requirements for certification in the insurance industry. One of those requirements is continuing insurance education, which varies in need within each different state. Some states have two-year continuing education requirements, while others may require agents and professionals to take courses annually to keep their certificates up to date. You can find out about your state's specific laws by contacting the state Department of Insurance that you work in. Most companies will pay for these courses for their employees, as it can be written off as a business expense for many. Before enrolling, its essntial for you to know about the different requirements related to insurance CE so its easy to choose the right traing for you

There are courses in insurance continuing education for agents, adjusters, brokers, and underwriters, as well as programs for risk management and other specialties. The classes for agents, brokers, underwriters, and adjusters cover commercial and personal lines, property, casualty, life and health, and even ethics courses, legal education, and flood insurance CE. Each state has different requirements for continuing i education, and each program that exists is required to be certified by the state Department of Insurance in order to be approved approved method of continuing education.

Special programs for continuing education include courses for risk management, financial services, insurance company managers, business owners, and other specialties within the indemnity industry. The position of each employee will dictate which continuing education courses need to be taken. In general, most states require an annual or bi-annual refresher course for all agents and professionals, but this can vary depending on the specific certification that the employee has, as well as the state that they benefit and work in. Most agents or professionals will learn of their specific requirements to maintain their licensure in their initial training.

Insurance continuing education is different for every person and in every state. However, getting the education that is needed is not hard. There are online courses for just about every type of CE that is needed within the insurance industry, including more complex programs for states like Texas that have strict requirements for their agents. The curriculum is not only designed to keep education current, but also to help professionals to increase their business and their own productivity as a result of taking the CE courses. Keeping current license in the insurance industry is mandatory, because the job can not be performed legally without proper state licensing. …

Truck Driving Schools – What You Should Know

Are you about to make a career change and considering driving truck? There is nothing wrong with that idea. There are jobs out there to be had. You do need to find a company and hope they will be around for a very long time. Even the best and largest can close their doors without any warning whatever.

  • What do driving schools cost?
  • What will you learn?

You'll be able to find a pretty large and varied list of prices for schools all around the country. If you look around you may find one for under $ 1000.00 or so at a community college. The courses may be stretched out so long that they may not meet your needs. The shortest schools that I have been able to find were two weeks in length. You'll find them running from about $ 3000 – to $ 4000 for the course. Do not panic usually only the big outfits are able to hire you straight out of school and there is a blessing in disguise in that. Most of the larger companies will pay a large portion of the tuition over a period of time. They do not want you to quit as soon as you get the loan paid so they stretch the payments over a year or so.

There is financial aid for those who qualify and you can call and ask your school if they can point you in the right direction. They'll have that sort of information. You can also ask your city, county and state organizations if there is any aid to be had for the schools. The guy who sat next to me in my school received a full ride from his National Guard benefits. Ask someone if you need help.

You will all need the knowledge in order to pass the state truck driver exam. They should teach class in order to also receive several endorsements, such as Hazmat, doubles, tankers and others. The driving ranges will be there to get you to go forward, change gears, turn corners. They are not going to teach how to do basic driving; it's assumed you can drive because you already have a license.

After going forward they will teach you to backwards. There will be classes on preventive maintenance, air brakes, dropping and hooking to the trailers. You will also get out into traffic on the highways and put all of your knowledge to practical use. The training will provide you with practice going on to on and off ramps and then how to merge, line up your truck to make turns and other essential maneuvers that you will need to know. …

Career Advice – Are You Letting Other People Decide Your Future?

Having friends you can share your ideas and goals in life with is something very nice, some say that taking advice from older people who have lived through certain situations is the very essence of wisdom however, do you know where to draw the line and stop taking advice from someone else in order to make your own decisions? In order to answer this question we must first have a clear concept of our personality, are you easy to influence? Do you set your goals based on your own desires? How strong is your will and how many things you think you can end before you reach your goal? – Let's analyze each of these questions.

Easy to influence:

It may surprise you but many people are easy to influence an unconsciously those who are being influenced by the exterior ideas will eventually end up imitating them, if you do not think this is possible all you need to think about is that millions upon millions of people who start smoking or consuming drugs just because of social pressures in fact, teens are the easiest people to influence which is why there are several TV campaigns which target them in order to keep them from falling in the destructive path of drugs, alcohol and violence .

Those who are easy to influence will end up following career decisions others have made for them in other words, if a popular person decides to study business then all of his or her followers will end up signaling up to a business class, it sounds pathetic but it happens. Do not let yourself become a follower be a leader.

Setting your own goals:

An easy way to avoid being affected by someone else's opinion is to set your own goals, take some time to decide where you want to be in line in what will make you happy, do not take into account what other people are doing, set yourself for success by doing your own research and making a good decision accordingly.

Having a strong will and enduring the path:

After you have decided what you want to do with your life it is now time to take action in order to make things happen, do not look left or right always focus on what you have in front of you and do everything it takes to overcome the many obstacles that will come your way, cheer yourself up and never consider quitting even if the going gets tough. …

Career Planning Homework – Assignments For Job Seekers

Back-to-school season has me thinking about school and it’s similarities to career planning. When searching for your next job, you should think of networking as your schoolwork-you should concentrate on contacting your network about opportunities and following up with the leads. As in school, sometimes getting the job means cramming for an interview and doing extra credit work to get past some unexpected hiring obstacles.

Below, I’ve outlined three additional things-essentially homework assignments-which will help you get past some of the hiring obstacles.

Assignment #1: Keep up with your chosen industry

Whatever industry you chose to work in, you need know the current trends and the forecast for the future by reading publications and blogs. You should also go one step past that and follow blogs and tweets of those companies you where you want to work. Keeping up with the industry has the advantage of helping you expand your network by introducing you to others through blog comments or tweets and gives you an advantage in knowing which companies are in trouble and which ones could be hiring soon. Another good way to keep up with their work and changes in their clients or organization is to use Google Alerts to receive articles and blogs about that company. It is also a smart idea to follow industry gossip blogs to know about internal strife and situations in a company. In addition to keeping up with the industry, you should leverage LinkedIn groups and join those relevant to your target industry. This will help broaden your network and expand your profile on LinkedIn while keeping you updated on the industry.

Assignment #2: Update phrases for your résumé, cover letters, and correspondence

With computer programs scanning résumés for certain key words and phrases it is imperative to do the research and know which ones they will be seeking out. Usually those words are in the job post. If there is not a job post-say you have a contact within the company and are passing on your résumé through them-then you should look at similar job posts and job boards. Comb through your résumé and cover letter for outdated terms and titles and eliminate them. Using the current industry terms and phrases shows you are up-to-date and give your résumé a higher score by the scanners, making you stick out of a crowd.

Extra Credit: Brush up on necessary skills

Sometimes great job candidates are excluded for lack of skills. If an opportunity you want calls for skills you don’t have, you should take the time to learn those skills. Courses are usually available at local colleges, Apple Stores, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. In addition, several sites offer online tutorials and webinars for skills and software. This homework assignment may be more time consuming than the others, but will pay off when you get past some of the hiring hurdles keeping you from your next job.

Taking the extra time to keep up with your industry, update your language, and …

Discover Ways to Earn a Masters Degree Online

Usually consisting of one to three years of post-baccalaureate study, a Master's Degree is conferred after an individual has attained a certain academic fluency in a particular discipline.

Primarily due to the availability of online programs, the range of obtainable disciplines has expanded so that most bachelor programs have a corresponding masters certification. With today's online education opportunities, you can earn online Masters degrees in interesting areas such as computer science, education, or health care management.

Advantages of Masters Degrees

The advantages of online Masters degrees are abundant. There is no commuting, class times are flexible, materials are archived online, and over-enrollment is rarely an issue. Given these unique benefits, it's worth considering your various masters degree options.

Different Kinds of Master's Degrees

Master of Liberal Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), and Master of Business Administration (MBA) are the four most popular types of certification. You can also earn a Master in Library Science (MLS), Social Work (MSW), Public Health (MPH), and Education (M.Ed.).

Job Opportunities with a Masters Degree

Because a bachelors degree has now become the standard for most industries, individuals who have earned online Masters degrees have a decisive advantage in the job market. Earning your masters degree demonstrates to employers an elevated level of dedication and competency in a given field because of the additional credentials.

According to the US Census Bureau, those with a master's degree can expect to make more than twice as much as those with only a high school diploma and almost 20% more than those with only a bachelors degree. Considering this income boost, the time and money invested in a masters education is clearly worth it. …

Basic Science Behind Fingernails Rubbing For Hair Re-Growth

Factors responsible for hair problems are:

  • Thyroid disorders
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Smoking
  • Anaemia
  • Heavy medication
  • Using hair dye of high ammonium content
  • Deficiency of vitamin B12
  • Protein deficiency
  • Hereditary and old age

Rubbing fingernails:

  • Rubbing left and right hand’s fingernails with each other is a powerful technique for curing hair fall and increasing hair growth.
  • It is a simple yet very effective technique. It is a powerful hair loss solution.
  • Besides convenient, quick, powerful and pleasant this technique is relaxing as well as free of cost.
  • It is a tried and tested technique and will definitely shows results.
  • This is a potent unified solution of hair all problems.

Procedure:

  • Fold both your palms inwards and place the fingernails of both hands against each other. Then with regular swift motions, rub them against each other. It is a simple technique and can be done anywhere anytime.
  • Rub fingernails for 5-10 minutes twice a day.

Benefits of fingernails rubbing:

  • Prevent hair loss
  • Reverse baldness
  • Prevent greying of hair
  • Restore natural colour of hair
  • Usually it takes 3-6 months to get relief from hair loss, 6-9 months to watch new hair growth and 9-12 months to see prominent re-growth and substantial increase in hair volume.

Adult stem cells theory:

  • Adult stem cells are undifferentiated cells, found throughout the body after embryonic development. They can make identical copies of themselves for long periods of time and multiply by cell division to replenish dying cells and regenerate damaged tissues for self-renewal and self-healing.
  • The adult stem cell has unique ability to heal itself. Whenever a tissue is damaged, adult stem cell are activated to produce new cells that will regenerate the damaged tissues and revitalize the organ.
  • The adult stem cells are mostly found in brain, spinal cord, blood vessel, bone marrow, peripheral blood, dental pulp, skeletal muscles, skin, digestive system, retina, pancreases and cornea.
  • The stem cells that are located in the bulge of a hair follicle actually cause hair growth.
  • Rubbing fingernails stimulates the brain to send the chemical signal to the adult stem cells located near the damaged/unproductive hair follicles.
  • The adult stem cells migrate to the base of dead/damaged hair follicle and due to their ability of self-renewing they make new hair follicles and revitalize the damaged follicles.
  • Thus by fingernails rubbing one can manipulate the adult stem cells into becoming new hair follicles, and can accelerate the hair growth and revitalize the damaged follicles to revere the hair loss or baldness.

Reflexology:

  • In reflexology it is believed that stimulation of certain parts of body will directly affect other parts of body.
  • The nerve endings just under your fingernails are directly connected to your hair follicles or scalp.
  • By rubbing your fingernails together, the blood circulation in your scalp is activated.
  • Thus rubbing procedure increases the blood flow to the scalp and helps in strengthening the hair follicles, which in turn reduces hair fall and premature greying.

Precautions:

  • Don’t rub your thumbnails because it will accelerate the growth of beard, moustache or