Most people who start out on a job are looking for ways that they can get ahead. Whether you are looking for a job for only a few years, or a lifelong career you likely are interested in climbing the career ladder as well. For the average person, staying the lowest person in the building is not really interesting and can lead to a very unrewarding job. In order to bypass this problem of staying stuck you need to be actively looking for ways to be promoted within a restaurant.
Your first task should be people skills. All restaurants are based around 2 major things, food and people. Within the realm of food, there is the entire basic product stock, ready to serve dishes, the menu and so forth. Within the people, there are employees, superiors, customers and even people who work with the restaurant suppliers. If you do not know how to deal with these people, you have to learn. Being a manager entails learning and discovering how to effectively manage people, which means interacting with them on a level that is appropriate for the situation without upsetting someone.
Training is another place where you should focus. You need to become an expert within the store. If you do not know how to actually cook then where would you be if a cook did not show up on time? How would you still ensure that customers are served? Because of this it is important to learn every aspect of the restaurant possible. From stock placement, to cooking and preparing the food to even serving customers. Knowing all of these skills makes you not only a valuable member of the team, but also shows your superiors that you are serious about your job and ready to take the steps necessary to become a manager.
Showing up on time might sound like a given, but you would be surprised at just how many people who are interested in management never actually manage to do this. Yet it should be something that is quite obvious. Ensuring that you get yourself to work on time not only shows professional behavior to your superiors, but also ensures that customer needs are handled properly as well.
A correct uniform is another area where you should be very careful. Working in a restaurant you have no doubt noticed just how unhappy the management is when employees show up for work without the proper uniform. It gives not only a bad impression for the business itself, but also the manager who is on duty at the time. Making absolutely certain that you have the proper uniform on will allow you to prove that you do not have to be micromanaged in terms of your appearance at work.
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