Job and Career Education Center Staff Picks
Many people dream of opening their own restaurant, but it's a tough business with an extremely high failure rate. If you can pull it off, owning and running a restaurant can be fun and satisfying, but it takes a lot of hard work to get to that point. Instead of trying to sugar-coat all the difficult and sometimes tedious responsibilities that come along with operating a restaurant, Arthur L. Meyer and John M. Vann focus on the practical knowledge necessary to actually make it in the industry.
The authors talk about the serious initial considerations: location, patron demographics, style, menu, and pricing. They go over the boring stuff: taxes, zoning, and insurance. Best of all, they cover all the things you might not yet have realized you had to deal with: equipment, supplies, design and layout, safe food handling guidelines, sanitation, music licensing fees, finding the right employees, getting the food to the customer while it's still warm!
For those of you who have never worked in a restaurant, one of the most useful sections of the book, Chapter 11, outlines a day in the life of a restaurant, covering everything from opening to closing procedures both in the back and front of the house. If you are thinking about starting a restaurant, the reality of the industry outlined in this book might send you running back to your desk job, or it might boost your confidence by giving you the practical know-how you were missing.
Wendy Sachs, a freelance TV news producer and mother of two, questioned over 100 working mothers to find out how they achieve success in their personal and professional lives. While Sachs interviewed a variety of women, almost all had demanding, lucrative careers, as well as husbands with high-paying jobs. Offering a greater variety of voices and stories would provide readers with a more balanced and realistic depiction of the challenges working mothers face. Despite this imbalance, the book does offer encouragement and useful advice.
Many of the women interviewed mentioned that flexibility -- both at home and at work -- is a vital part of their success. Creating clear boundaries between work and home life also helps. Parents who are able to give themselves fully to their jobs, and then come home and be fully present for their children are happier and more productive at both endeavors.
The bottom line: every family is different, and there are no easy answers, but certain strategies can help women succeed at home and on the job.
Instead of looking at changing your career as a need because of the job market, look at it as a chance to have the career you have always wanted. In this book you will find a checklist to help you decide if you will be happier if you change your career. The author walks you through steps - from finding the right job for you all the way to the interview process. More people today in their midlife are choosing to change their career because they want more meaning out of their job for themselves. Sharing your talent or gift is something to reach for, especially once you realize you have it.
With over twenty years of experience as a career counselor, Robin Ryan offers wise and relevant advice for the over-40 job seeker. She also surveyed hundreds of hiring managers across the country, who offered their insights on hiring someone over 40. According to Ryan, one of the most important skills a job seeker should develop is the ability to self-market. She outlines how to craft a "60 Second Sell" and provides tips on how to update your professional appearance. Ryan also emphasizes must-have computer and Internet proficiencies and suggests that readers look for "hidden jobs" through networks and social media. One standout of the book is the substantial and detailed chapters on resumes, cover letters and interviewing. These include real-life examples and advice from actual employers. Closing with an encouraging chapter on staying positive and focused through goal-setting, this book is essential reading for job seekers of any age.