Voice of the Restaurant Industry
Success is a habit – so is failure.
Successful people share specific traits – so do people who are overlooked for promotions.
There are several reasons why aspiring and talented managers fail to land prime management positions. The good news is that most of the behaviors that hold professionals back are learned. Any behavior that is learned can be unlearned. Coaches and Career Counselors help professionals sharpen their skills and develop the behaviors that make them…Continue
Added by Robert Krzak on May 21, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
One common question a Recruiter asks at a job interview is for the Candidates expected pay. One of the major challenges each Candidate faces is to determine how much they are worth. It can be difficult to assess your net worth when making a career change. There are several things you must take into consideration before you can negotiate a competitive salary.
The first step is to forget what the college/university professor told you. No…Continue
Added by Robert Krzak on May 14, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
No transition is ever easy. This is especially true in the workplace. You are prepared and experienced enough to perform your current job. The stresses and problems are familiar. You’ve worked out strategies for dealing with the day-to-day struggle. You know what is expected, and you understand what you can expect from others. Seniority, stability, and expertise all go out the door when you make a career change.
This is especially true when you move from a staff position to…Continue
Added by Robert Krzak on May 7, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
Do you know how to identify the difference between things you dream about, and things you are passionate about? The truly successful, happy person is someone who has found a job that is in line with their passions. These people love going to work because their job feeds their ‘emotional quotient’, their ‘love language’, and their self-worth.
When you have a job you can be passionate about you are actually energized by your job. You are rejuvenated when you overcome another problem.…Continue
Added by Robert Krzak on April 9, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
Restaurant Managers rarely want to remain in their current position for the rest of their career. There is always another horizon to venture, a new challenge to accept, and a new mountain to conquer. The smart manager may not move from one company to another, but they will have developed a strong career path that will move their career in the direction they want to go.
The question that most career coaches ask is ‘why?’ What motivates you? Most people understand what they want. They…Continue
Added by Robert Krzak on April 2, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
Career coaching at the management level can be enlightening for both the coach and the manger. I recommend that everyone pursuing a restaurant management position take a few courses in life coaching and career coaching. The basic fundamentals of coaching provide the tools needed to understand yourself, your motives, and your strengths. It also provides the structure needed to manage a team successfully.
One core element teaches managers to understand the difference between a ‘want’…Continue
Added by Robert Krzak on March 26, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
Many people struggle with the uncertainty and purpose of changing their career path. It is important to know the right time to make the next move. For example, changing careers from restaurant manager to general manager requires more than having taken all the necessary courses.
When career coaching, I stress to professionals that their motivations, mindset, and confidence level is as important as their education and experience. Long term goals are also important factors when…Continue
Added by Robert Krzak on March 19, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
Career coaching helps people start the job search by looking at their wants and needs. These insights help people identify a job skill set where they posses natural talent.
1. What salary do you want?
There is more to answering this question than just writing down a figure on paper. What are you willing to sacrifice to reach that income level? Are you willing to work long hours? Are you willing to take courses in management, marketing, analysis and other topics that may be…Continue
Added by Robert Krzak on March 7, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Not every restaurant offers the same environment. There are some basic questions you need to answer before you know which restaurant jobs you need to apply for, and which you need to let pass to another candidate.
Write a description of a typical day in your life when employed in your dream position?
Is your view of the job realistic? Have you gained enough experience to know whether you understand the job?
Do you know the job Tasks on a daily basis? Have you watched…Continue
Added by Robert Krzak on February 26, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
One of the biggest obstacles to a successful management career is being forced into a position where you work to survive. A well developed career not only lets you survive most of the daily recommendations of the typical restaurant, but you’ll be in an environment where you’ll thrive.
Each manager will have priorities. It might be marketing, or maybe it is in the kitchen. What matters most to you, the profit margin or the customer experience? Take the time to explore these…Continue
Added by Robert Krzak on February 21, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Each Restaurant Candidate’s Manager Career Strategy will be unique. While the Restaurant Manager Job Description is fairly standard, how you prepare yourself for that job position will vary depending on your talents and learning style.
Before registering in post secondary education, or taking courses, then it is necessary to work backwards. It will be impossible to clearly identify what type of manager you will be. Restaurant manager candidate in training have a limited view of what…Continue
Added by Robert Krzak on February 19, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Once you understand yourself it is time to understand the work type. Then determine how you can fit into the work type. One of the most effective tools to understanding your strengths and how to leverage these is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). This tool explains the relationship between personality types and the workplace. The MBTI will increase self-understanding and appreciation of personal differences. Once a manager understands how different personality types process…Continue
Each of us is multifaceted. Our desires are molded by beliefs. Unfortunately, many of our beliefs are ‘second hand.’ We were told that success requires a certain income, level of recognition, lifestyle so we strive to reach for that definition of success without asking if this will make us happy.
It is impossible to understand what we need until we identify the beliefs that are truly ours, and what we believe because parents, society, media, or peers have imposed on us. The…Continue
Added by Robert Krzak on February 12, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
There are seven basic principles shared by successful people. There are also some fundamental steps shared by people who reach their goals.
1: Learn who you are.
2: Determine where you want to be in the next 5, 10, 20 years.
3: Identify your strengths and areas where you need development
4: Create a career Plan
5: Engage/Create a team of people who will help you reach your goals
6: Create a check list of achievements designed to move you closer to…Continue
Added by Robert Krzak on February 7, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
There is no simple answer to this question. One person may require taking some personal development courses and attending some seminars. Another person may need to improve their academic and communication skills.
Today’s managers need expertise in several areas. These include negotiation, communication skills, team management, personality identification and development. Take a few minutes to take a hard look at who you are as a person and what areas need to be improved before you are…Continue
Added by Robert Krzak on February 5, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Managing a restaurant or general manger career is a process. It is a self driven quest. Each individual is in control of where they want to go, how they will get there, and how long it will take, whether they take responsibility for their careers – or not. There is a saying in career development, “You can prepare to be a restaurant management and may never become one. But it is certain that if you don’t prepare, you never will be one.”
All job seekers hope to land a position where the…Continue
Added by Robert Krzak on January 31, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Job Seekers understand that they are under scrutiny the moment they first contact a Recruiter. Most job seekers learn how to act in an interview, how to answer questions, what questions to ask, and what things to avoid.
What many job seekers don’t know is that they can lose the job before they ever meet the Recruiter. There are interviewers who ask their receptionist to watch what the Candidate is doing while waiting.
How to Give a Good First Impression
One of the most powerful resumes is Linkedln. It is one of the most powerful career development tools. Do not wait until you are looking for a job. We are all job seekers whether we are satisfied in our current position, or are contemplating a career change.
The advantage of working on Linkedln, consistently, is that it is the only job seeker resource that lets professionals build a long term profile. There is no other job seeker’s resource that lets the Recruiter view years of growth…Continue
Many of today’s top performers are continually running their own Reputation Management Campaigns using easy to access tools, such as social networking and web profiles. Most mid level managers and top performers are careful to protect their online image. They understand that a simple photo, a single forum thread, or a blog post can ruin their career.
Viewing the internet as a potential ‘death trap’ for a career is short-sighted. It can also be viewed as one of the most powerful, cost…Continue
Added by Robert Krzak on January 17, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
The internet has become a great resource for job seekers. It can be a valuable tool, or a pitfall. It is the one tangible tool that lets Recruiters and potential employers see who you really are. It may be easy to think that you are venting and joking with friends and family. Until it costs you a job.
#1 Social Networking Mistake
It is common knowledge that you are judged by who your friends are, and what you post on your wall. But there is more. Do you share personal…Continue