Just posted a hello on the nooby page.
.....So although I am currently working in food service (CDC/ private college type school, @4 yrs now), I took a quite long hiatus (oh, about 14 years) to run my own business and help my wife w/ hers. Although neither of these were in the food industry, I did shoreline lunches for my clients and did cooking classes for my wife's business.
So my question is: Why can't I get a new job????
I have a very strong resume only working at upscale (4-5 star) establishments from apprenticeship through executive chef.
I'm getting a few call backs, but they are places that only can afford about 12 bucks an hour and don't have benefits.
I see "perfect fits" and don't even get a response. Do they think I'm over qualified? Too old? BS Resume?
What's going on in the industry that I've missed in the last fifteen/ twenty years?
I'm really leaning toward the Aramark/ Compass college type gig, cause the benefits sound great.
Do they scan your cover letter/ resume for key words w/ these larger corporate gigs or are they googling the restaurants that I worked for before the internet? Or are they looking for "right out of school, quick turnover" candidates?
Back in "the day" I turned down some pretty amazing offers w/ some pretty great places, but it wasn't where I wanted to be at the time. I'd be more than happy to post a copy of my resume for you guys to check out to find any glitches.
I've been beating my head on the wall for the last six months.
I know I'm not currently living in the food meca of the US...but that should make it that much easier...I'm in Western North Carolina w/ easy access to both Asheville, NC and Johnson City Tenn.
Any advice or assistance would be greatly appreciated.