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post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

I'm wondering how long is appropriate to stay with a job? I recently got a job in a country club (first club job), I'm enjoying the job, but I really want to make the jump to fine dining. The problem being I recently (while job hunting) got a couple of comments on how long my previous 2 jobs had lasted. 1 year and 6 months respectively. I'm trying to avoid working my self out of possible jobs. This is my 5th cooking job over the course of 7 years. I'm 21 now if that matters at all.

post #2 of 6

You are going to be perceived as damaged goods by future employers if you can't stay at a job for at least one year.

post #3 of 6

Yeah, try and stay at least one year, but we all know that shit happens. Hopefully you left on good terms on the short time jobs, so you can use them as a reference.

 

I went through a period where I decided I wanted to get in the ground floor of a new restaurant. I ended up with three jobs with less then 8 months because they either went out of business, or the management got replaced, and the new one fired everyone.

post #4 of 6
One of my mentors always said that two years is ideal. That gives you time to go beyond just learning a few things and move into mastering a particular system. For my own take on it, this also shows that you can take the B.S. and still push with herd.

If you can only make it a few months before having a problem with an employer, I gotta say that the problem is with you. If you are showing an upward track with short stays, then you are a mercenary who'll probably leave me as soon as the next job offering something better comes around.

One of the first questions I ask myself about a new hire, is how long will you last. I want you to become part of the family, not just another drifter. Why would I spend time training you to my system if you're just going to leave as soon as something upsets you, or you think you're done learning?

Stay as long as you can, at least one year, that is the minimum to really become a leader in any crew( and that's what we're looking for!). More is better, just not so long that you get stuck in one way of thinking.
A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new.  - Al E
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A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new.  - Al E
Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.  - Ben Franklin
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post #5 of 6

Absolute minimum 1 year  max 3  otherwise you won't learn anything else.

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post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the advice guys. I'll be here for the next 18-24 months it appears. Unless I really grow fond of the place that is.

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