Yesterday I interviewed a candidate for a position in a media company were I currently work as the publisher of a national weekly publication. The administrative assistant’s position had become available after our company’s move to new office space and we just actively began the search.
The candidate was qualified for the position and had worked in a similar position previously. But, her experience as a restaurant manager is what caught my eye on her resume. During the interview we spoke at length about the responsibilities she had and the experience she acquired running a Pasta Pomadoro restaurant. I told her she should considering listing all of the qualities and skills she honed while working in the toughest professions in the world.
Here are only ten qualities you gained while running your restaurant that should appear on your resume once you begin to search for a job after ownership.
1). Don’t ever tell anyone you left the restaurant profession to find a “real job.”
2). Review what a day consisted of while running your restaurant and list every daily event from opening until closing.
3). Ability to multi-task. We all adapt to a lifestyle of doing seven things at once. Usually, without a list.
4). Conflict resolution. Whether it be between two kitchen employees, a customer and a waiter or an employee and management, we al become well versed in calming emotion, alleviating frustration a and appeasing pain.
5). Customer service professional. We all have the ability to make a customer feel more important than we would ever want them to imagine.
6). Marketing and promotion professional. Painting a picture of perceived value that is bigger than life is the restaurateurs forte’.
7) Team player. Having to cook, wash dishes, wait on tables, or go to the produce vendor to pick up the forgotten case of tomatoes are all things we do well.
8). Team leader. Leading the entire staff down road of ultimate culinary joy is a job we learn early on.
9). Public speaker. Standing in front of a crowd, a group of employees or a pre shift meeting allows us to perfect the skills to tell people everything is fine, even though the fire department may be in the kitchen.
10). Financial Manager- Inventory Control Specialist- Stretching a dollar to the 105 cent -mark is a talent that a successful restaurant owner can relate to. And, accomplishing this while knowing two days worth of inventor has to last three days is a professional art form. A quality people aspire to.