Many culinary schools offer excellent career placement services. Take advantage of these professionals and give them a copy of your curriculum vitae to share among alumni who might be seeking help in their kitchens.
Take advantage of your teachers and administration in the school, as well. If there’s a particular individual whom you especially admire, ask them to give you advice on finding a job and inquire into how they got their start. Many will be flattered by your eagerness and will offer to make some introductions, or you can politely ask them for these introductions, yourself. After you have invested that much time and money into your education, it is perfectly natural to expect some help from the people employed by the culinary school.
If you prefer to find work on your own, apply at restaurants where you dine frequently. Send an email or letter to the manager and express your appreciation for the cuisine and mention that you are a frequent diner. When using this approach, prepare to start in a lower position in the kitchen since you are a beginner. Use the experience to learn as much as possible from the superior chefs and staff.
You can also consider working for an individual or a corporation. Many organizations or wealthy individuals with demanding schedules or special dietary restrictions will employ culinary school graduates. In these instances, you will likely run a workplace cafeteria (which has the benefit of less arduous, late hours) or cater for special meetings or conventions. When working for individuals, you’ll want to be well aware of their personal preferences when planning menus. Recruitment firms, classified and Craigslist postings can be a good place to find these opportunities.
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