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Increase Your Chances of Being Headhunted as a Chef

May 14 2019 - 9:38am
When an opportunity comes knocking, you want to be prepared – that’s because often, in the hospitality industry, your next big job could come looking for you before you’ve even thought about searching for it yourself.

As a chef, it’s never too early to start building the kind of reputation that precedes you – in a positive way. Recruiters are always using new avenues to locate and target prospects, so you never know when a headhunter is taking a good long look at you.

But what can you do to make sure you’re seen, heard, and sought after in a highly competitive industry?

Three tips to boost your profile

Visibility and availability

Your passion for food should extend far beyond the safety of your kitchen.

If you’re looking to establish yourself as a voice of authority and innovation in the culinary world, use the internet to promote your achievements and share your ideas. Writing a weekly blog, building a following on Instagram, or creating your own YouTube channel are not far-out ideas for the modern chef.

Using platforms such as LinkedIn can also help recruiters to get a thorough overview of your career and experience history, so make sure you leverage the power of a well-built social media profile.

Seek out professional groups and guilds that can help you to network and promote your own personal brand. Capitalise on every opportunity to strengthen your reputation and create an inventory of resources for potential employers and headhunters to find when trying to scope you out.

In a world where we can largely control our own publicity, you should be aiming to make a portfolio of content that lets people know who and what you are about as a chef – this will help you to share your enthusiasm and increase your chances of being discovered.

Be CV and interview ready

When looking to fill a chef’s role, employers will be interested in your experience, qualifications and your overall achievements. Composing a CV can be uniquely challenging for a chef because the career progression path isn’t as standardised as it is for other professions.

The basics still apply: a CV should be well-written, have a clear structure, and be free from errors. But how do you include all the other important details that show you are comprehensively experienced?

Firstly, always keep your CV updated. Put time aside to review what’s already there and add all of your current responsibilities and accolades. There are instances where a job opportunity could pop up requiring urgent action. You don’t want to miss out by not being sufficiently prepared or by submitting an incomplete CV.

Secondly, to be truly impressive, you’ll want to show that you keep up with industry developments. If you’re called to an interview, you’ll be expected to demonstrate a good understanding of culinary trends as well as confidently talk about your current position.

Click here to see how to write a job-winning Chef CV 

Personal brand

It may sound like an exhausted marketing term, but having a well-honed personal brand is increasingly relevant in a saturated marketplace. With hundreds of aspiring chefs graduating from culinary colleges every year, you need to have a unique selling point if you intend to capture the attention of topnotch headhunters.

Use your social media platforms to affirm your expertise and get backed by your patrons, employers, and colleagues. Reviews, follower numbers, and engagement can be very beneficial to a prospective employer.

If you’re trying to sell yourself as someone deserving of a management level role, make sure that your personal brand is reflective of a diplomatic, respectful and likeable individual. This is most relevant when leaving one job for another and the attitude taken should always be a graceful and tactful one.

Look to the people you aspire to for inspiration and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses against your own – what can you learn about yourself through others?

Earn the job

Anybody who’s worked their way up to the top ranks of the most esteemed kitchens in the world will tell you that opportunities don’t just land in your lap. You could be a tremendously talented chef, but you will not be noticed if you don’t get proactive about your public profile.

Don’t get caught up in the notion that some people are just luckier than others. Capturing the attention of a  headhunter is mostly down to your ability to network with industry professionals and promote your achievements in a courteous and engaging manner.

Getting selected for an interview is exciting and complimentary, so make sure that you don’t miss out on your next big gig by being caught off guard. Share your talents and passion, win your customers’ support, keep your CV up to date, and always be ready to talk about what you do.


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