The chef's blog
I've been on both sides, trust me, I know...
I've been looking for a job countless times. It isn't a fun business but often it is necessary. Now I have a stable employment and somehow my position had reversed from a job seeker to some sort of involuntary recruiter.
Involuntary because most of time and unless I actually post or advertise a request for my company or some other's, I receive requests and CVs from peoples who barely I know, or I don't know at all. Sure I'll try my best, but well... I don't run a recruitment agency and by the way, I won't recommend a person I don't know to a potential employer, it's a simple matter of reputation, I won't put it at risk if the risk is high.
Receiving CVs and requests in other forms, however, gave me an insight of what's wrong and what could be improved from the job-seeker side, and actually even from the recruiter's side (I already wrote something about recruiters...).
First of all, my dear Job-seeker, don't send your CVs or request randomly. I don't know the exact numbers, but I believe that statistically is extremely unlikely that you can send your CV at the exact person and just at the right time that person is looking for a candidate exactly like you. Think about it, what are the odds? A part the obvious statistical issue, sending a CV to a person who's not minimally interested, it's a waste of time, you feel free to waste your time the way you like, no problem, but when you waste other's time, well, it is annoying, nothing more than annoying, but still...
If you read a post of someone who's looking for candidates, don't comment, just act. And your action cannot be just an "interested" or "please look at my profile" wrote in the comment box, really. It looks like you actually have no interest at all, not even that minimal interest to get your lazy ass at the desk and send:
Be humble and honest, when you write your CV and later on during the interview. I'm not in this trade thirty years without knowing what it's all about. You can't fool me with a CV translated with Google and I'm not hiring a 20 years old young boy with two season experience for a role as Executive Chef in 500 rooms operation. No kidding, I actually received the CV of a 23 years old boy with just two summer seasons experience in unknown restaurants, who pretended to apply for an Executive Chef position in a 400 rooms, 5 stars Hotel in Eastern Europe. When I candidly (not without a certain irony) asked him if he didn't feel that position a little out of reach, he replied that "Trying doesn't cost anything". Perfect explanation why some CV ends in the trash bin...
Apply only for jobs and position you can actually fit in. If the position is abroad, fairly good English command it's a must, for high positions, English must be fluent. It doesn't matter if you, Italian, are applying for a position in an Italian restaurant abroad. If it's abroad, you must manage communications with your mates in their language or at least in English (or whatever is the language they speak in that place). And you can't fake it with Google, time will come you'll have an interview, and then?
Recruiters often don't reply your messages, I don't know why, it actually drives me mad, but that's life, face it. If you don't receive any reply, there might be one or more of these reasons:
Executive Chef with over thirty years of field experience, passionate in the culinary world at 360º