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post #1 of 6
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Hey guys I need some advice, I have been out of the kitchen for almost two years due to a very bad shoulder injury from a car accident.
I am just wondering how badly this has affected my resume, ie having no new employees for so long, old references and how I could compete In the job search game..
I have kept my brain ticking and constantly trying to keep up with trends ect.
Thanks x
post #2 of 6

Jobs are out there more than ever. I know that you are looking for pastry, but a good example of just how available jobs are at the present time is that Thomas Keller's The French Laundry is currently running a craigslist ad looking for line cooks and another ad for food runners. You shouldn't have any trouble.

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post #3 of 6
I wouldn't lose sleep over it.
You had a debilitating injury that could have siderailed your career completely!
The fact you have kept up with the trends gains you a huge atta-girl.
Maybe a stage at one of your dream places to work.
Throw down some simple desserts (I have seen a lot of flights and petits fours plates lately) that only look complex 'cuz of some killer/intricate components.
Could be a huge self esteem booster IMO if you get asked back.

mimi
post #4 of 6
When you explain to any potential employer for the reason for your gap in employment, they're not gonna have a problem with it. It's legit. Employment gaps raise alarm bells for good reason, and the simple inclusion about your car accident in your cover letter should alleviate any concerns an employer might have.
post #5 of 6

Welcome back sista!! I agree with all of these guys that the gap will just be a hiccup but not a roadblock to potential employment as you have a legitimate explanation. I would do what @flipflopgirl has said and stage somewhere you have always wanted to work and learn at. Or just anywhere to get the feel for it again. 

 

Or get really gutsy and jump all in and get out there with some of your best baked goods and let them sample your expertise!!

 

Either way you go......it's nice to hear you are feeling better to get back in the game :)

post #6 of 6

Agree with everyone else, your explanation of the gap caused by the car accident will eliminate anyone wondering about the "gap".  You might also mention that you are fully healed and able to do the usual work expected in a kitchen, this way they don't wonder if you now can't lift a 50 pound bag of sugar, or a tiered cake, or get a loaded sheet pan out of the oven.  If you can't, then you should tell them at the interview - let them meet you and see your enthusiasm and drive! because for a good, solid employee, I'll let the dishwasher lift and fill the bins, and I'll carry the tiered cake ;)  good luck!

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