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The question is: Has anyone gotten a position long distance sight unseen by submitting their resume online in response to an advert for chef or whatnot? (barring having a last name like Flay or Lagassi...)

I'm curious. I have submitted my rez to several places and planning to relocate to the East Coast but want to have some prospects before I go.

I haven't heard back from any of the places (yes allowing for the possibility that my experience isn't what they need) but was wondering about L/D hire in instances like this.

Input please.

Thanks
April
post #2 of 7
Honestly April, it would scare the **** out of me and I, being that way, would never try. I have known several freespirited people that have done this, lots of them have gone ahead on vacations or little trips to see what they can sniff out job and apartment wise, that would be the only thing I could suggest, if at all possible. Good luck. Let us know how things turn out.
post #3 of 7
Yes Years ago. they checked on me then asked me to come to their place AT THEIR EXPENSE to take written, Interview and practical test. I was offered position, but turned it down after finding out they went threw staff monthly. They were new in business and purchased place recently and did not really have direction.
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post #4 of 7
I think it really depends on the position and the place you are applying to. I can't imagine any one hiring a Chef with out at least one personal interview. A resume is simply a tool to get you that interview. For positions less than Chef I might understand especially to Large Hotels, Cruise lines, Disney etc. Some employers may have numerous openings on a regular basis and you may get hired by the corporation and then placed after secondary interviews but even that is not terribly common.
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post #5 of 7
I got a job in the Caribbean while I was in California through an online advertisement. The interview process was conducted online and over several phone conversations (AKA interviews). With a product such as skype and a webcam, they can even be somewhat considered as "hi-tech in person".

As to the no response, in this day of internet splendor and wonder, the sheer volume of responses received to a posted want ad, can be somewhat overwhelming. So don't get discouraged!
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post #6 of 7
I took a job in the Carribean after a short phone call from my new boss, she came into my shop and liked what she saw so offered me a job. It was great and I had a great time for 3 years down there. I would think of every and any question I had before doing anything. Think of your expenses, where will you live, will there be a trial period, will they help you relocate or find a place to stay? Find out exactly what your job description will be as well as your employers expectations from you.
Just some things to consider. Peace.
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I have done a lot of long distance resuming sending in my past. I usually focus my search on 1 city or geographic area. I then send out lots of resumes. If people are interested I try to set up a number of interviews for a three day span then fly myself out to do interviewing. It's only worth it if you can set up a bunch of interviews. Better yet maybe a place or two will be interested enough to fly you out at their expense, but that is usually only for upper management, Executive Chef, or Executive Sous Chef. Some places will fly you out for a Sous Chef interview but not many, and no one will offer to fly you out to fill a cook's position.

In this economy I think you would have a hard time finding places, other than large chains, that would be willing to fly you out, at least for the first interview. Fly yourself out for 3 full days. You can easily do 7-10 interviews on those days, or more depending on how you schedule it, but let them know, during the interview process that if they like you and want to do follow ups then they need to fly you back at their expense. This process has worked for me a number of times.
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