Can They Tell You Want the Job?

“She’s knowledgeable, articulate, and relatable. We like her experience. But…we can’t tell if she wants the job. So, we’re going to move on to another candidate.” We hear that post-interview feedback from a client several times a year. When we asked the candidate about the same interview, the candidate usually says, “It went very well.”…

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Interviewing with a Celebrity Chef or Restaurateur

Interviewing with a Celebrity Chef or Restaurateur We are privileged to serve all of our clients, and some of our clients have celebrity status. Some are Chefs with hit TV shows, best-seller cookbooks, and successful worldwide businesses. Some are restaurateurs who seem to strike gold with every new operation they open. When you are interviewing…

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Hospitality Managers: Teach P&L Skills

This year SHS has been in analytics mode, employing a professional researcher to study a variety of topics that affect hiring in the hospitality verticals we serve. (What can I say? We’re curious.) One piece of the research included the analysis of over 500 job postings to gather objective data on the attributes sought most…

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Leaders CREATE Capacity

Leaders Create Capacity   My twelve year old daughter made something so crystal clear for me a couple of weeks ago. The Thursday prior to the Super Bowl, we had a conversation on the way to and from soccer practice. She felt overwhelmed with a lot of homework and a big science fair project due on…

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Four Interview Basics That Give You An Edge

Four Interview Basics That Give You An Edge Many job applicants are losing sight of some basic interviewing skills, and it’s not just recruiters who are noticing. Here are just four basics that will give you an edge over your competition. Arrive Early, Unflustered Several years back I had a candidate who had an interview…

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Five Principles to Avoid a Midlife Hospitality Career Crisis

In 15 years as an agency recruiter I have had countless conversations with professionals at a crossroads in their career. Some were able to make critical decisions from a position of strength, some were at a point of weakness, and some were in a panic. “Life” just crept up, and they found themselves needing to…

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Chef Joe D’Alessandro, Founder and CEO of Strategic Hospitality Search

Food and beverage businesses have turned to Strategic Hospitality Search for their expert executive and management search services. Whether restaurants, hotels, caterers, manufacturers, or distributors, SHS remains loyal to its mission: We empower leaders to achieve higher levels of transformational leadership and together we create cultures of excellence.

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THE POWER OF A BLIND DISHWASHER

Could hiring a disabled person save you money, increase your guest counts, and bring your team to a new level of unity? Read what one Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Partner discovered, and the research that will surprise you. We are excited to release our latest article, “The Power of a Blind Dishwasher.” Would you believe…

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THE “TRIPLE WIN” BENEFITS OF A STRUCTURED CULINARY STAGE PROGRAM

Chefs want to evaluate the talent pool before making their final choice of who to hire and mentor. Aspiring culinarians seek career-building jobs under the best chefs but don’t have the experience or connections to get them. The solution: schedule a “stage.” Originating from the French word stagiaire, meaning “trainee, apprentice, intern,” a stage occurs…

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Are Your Career Goals Vision-driven?

Are Your Career Goals Vision-driven? As you close the books on 2015 and look forward to the new chapters to write, you should be taking time to consider whether your goals for 2016 are aligned with your career vision. Yes, next year will be about the work you do for your company as it should.…

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