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So You Want to Be a Chef?

So you aspire to be a chef? Do you have the patience to spend 15 hours in a hot, stuffy and greasy kitchen cooking up a storm for your customers? Are you able to create innovative and tasty dishes? Do you understand food ingredients well enough?

Will you remain passionate enough to go on, even after receiving criticism from demanding customers? Do you value your food?

If your answer is a resounding Yes!, you may have what it takes to be a chef.

Being a chef is not just about cooking. It’s a job that requires hard work, creativity and passion. Chef Jonathan Koh, head chef at Miss Clarity Café says, “A good chef has to love and respect food. Proper treatment of food is important to ensure that the end result is good. Food has to be packed and stored properly to maintain its freshness. Timing is also vital. The time spent on preparing and cooking the food will affect its taste.”

Career Planning - Taking Charge of Your Life

Whether you are struggling to write your résumé or attempting to answer questions like ‘Where do you expect to be in three years from now career-wise?’ at a job interview, a well written career plan is a helpful tool in addressing these ‘challenges’. Writing your career plan forces you to think tactically and strategically. It also helps you to identify your strengths and weaknesses besides your natural talents. Writing a career plan also provides an opportunity to examine your personal attributes critically. Career planning provides a chance to explore episodes and experiences in your life that impacted your attitudes, beliefs and may even have been turning points in your career.

A well thought through and effectively written career plan is an exercise no one can afford to miss in the 21st century working world. With the disappearance of job security, an annual review of your career plan can provide the much needed impetus to propel you forward and even upward in your career. In writing the career plan you will assess the past year’s events in your career. If it has been a ‘monotonous’ past year with no new or exciting opportunities, you will inevitably think of something to do to break the monotony. If you have made career gains, you will think of ways to consolidate the gain.

Promote Yourself, Be Slightly Famous

Whether you are driving a forklift, making fengshui divination or lecturing in economics, you must stand out and be recognised by everyone as the expert in your trade.

Not too long ago, to be an expert meant that you had to have an advanced degree and be doing a specialised job for years. Today, people will pay attention to you if you can deliver what they need, regardless of your professional experience or academic qualification.

Experts are sought after. They get cushy job offers and business opportunities, and command high fees. Even expert forklift drivers are in high demand as trainers and to display fancy moves in industrial competitions.

Reporters interview them whenever an issue or situation crops up in their area of expertise. They get invited to speak at conferences. And if they own a business, their firm gains more market share than their competitors. They are not anonymous because people recognise that they know more.

Five Mistakes Online Job Hunters Make

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by Elizabeth Garone
July 28, 2010

In a tight job market, building and maintaining an online presence is critical to networking and job hunting. Done right, it can be an important tool for present and future networking and useful for potential employers trying to get a sense of who you are, your talents and your experience. Done wrong, it can easily take you out of the running for most positions.

Here are five mistakes online job hunters make: