Posted October 31, 2013 by

Culinary Graduates Future Outlook and Hiring Trends

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Culinary, an art of cooking various delectable dishes, is being taken up as a profession by numerous aspirants. Being a Cook or Head Chef certainly is an honor for every culinary professional. In case you are looking to excel in the respective field, you need to be aware about the current market scenario and the hiring trends. There are certain very simple points to consider that can do wonders. Fleet a look below and ponder on the following points for a futuristic outlook in the field of culinary art.

The Degree and the skills

There are various institutes that offer culinary courses and work towards enhancing your skills. However remember skills can only be polished, not created. If you are actually passionate about culinary, only you can avail the advantage offered by the culinary courses. Once you have the right degree in your hand along with genuine skills, you are all set to appear for an interview.

Before you go for an interview

As people galore take cooking as their profession, the number of culinary job opportunities has seen a significant rise. Still if you find it difficult to search a job in the respective domain, you can consult a recruiting agency. Before appearing for an interview, you need to take care of certain points that are mentioned below.

Research about the organization

You need to know about the organization in which you wish to work. Presently, every business has a website; most certainly the organization wherein you will be appearing for the interview would be no exception. Properly navigate through all the menus categories, sub categories and gallery. Gather as much important information possible. In case a recruitment agent is helping you out, you can make him another valuable source of information. Proper research not only increases your chances of being selected, but you also get sure that whether it is the right organization for you or not.

Your dressing style leaves an impression

Your dressing style determines your seriousness for the job. You don’t need to wear proper tuxedo, nor do you need to wear causal jeans. Dress to impress, but in a decent manner. Don’t overdo with the fragrance, make sure that the shirt is tucked in properly. These are very common things that you need to consider while dressing. Remember your first impression will be given through your dressing; therefore, it needs due attention.

During the hiring process

You are not the only one willing to make a career in culinary arts, the line of competitors will be very long, and the competition will be cut throat. All that you need to do is stay calm and play wise.

Patience is the key

As stated above, the list of competitors will be long; by the time your name will be announced you might be irritated because of the waiting segment. In order to avoid this irritation, you can go out for a walk, can have a cup of coffee in the cafeteria. This will also help you in getting a glimpse of the infrastructure. However, make sure to comeback a few minutes before being called inside for the round.

Let your eyes involve in the conversation

Once you go for the first face to face round, make sure to make an eye contact with the interviewer. A good eye contact portrays the level of confidence and this makes the interviewer believe on almost everything that you say.

Keep the conversation rolling, but don’t turn informal

There will gradually come to a stage in the interview, when things will turn more subtle and technical question answers will turn into a general conversation. The interviewer might ask about your experience in the last organization (perhaps a personal experience). While you talk about your former organization and colleagues, talk professionally. Never show casual attitude even if the questions appear informal.

The right salary

Your salary will depend on your experience and skills. Obviously there will be a difference in the package of a culinary graduate and experienced chef. You must know the exact worth of the profile while appearing for the interview, as there are different types of top paying culinary career options, even for a fresher. Negotiation over salary is good if done on a positive note. Remember one thing, when you know you are talented make sure that you are valued.

Before you leave

Once the interview is on the winding up phase, be sure you know what’s next. Don’t feel shy in asking about how you would know about the interview results. There can be three possibilities, either you will get a call directly from the organization or you will have to call them or last, the interview will send a feedback to the recruitment agent. When an agent is involved in the hiring process, make sure to call him as soon as you walk out of the interview hall.

In this way all the culinary aspirants can pull their socks up for an impressive interview. It is certainly not hard to make career in culinary, just act smart while representing your skills.

Zac is an active contributor who shares his valuable knowledge about bright future in culinary industry. To know more, you can do a close watch on trends in his field of expertise on culinary education and career from top cooking schools.

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