Before graduating from college and pursuing my career in content production (and before I started writing for Career Catalyst!), I spent my nights and weekends working in restaurants. I worked in several roles — both in the front and back of the house — and I learned some amazing resume-building lessons as a result. Even though I went on to work in a completely different industry, I’ll always have an appreciation and understanding of what it takes to bring a great dining experience to a patron. Also, I learned some skills that are still relevant in my current role.
Emeril Lagasse, one of America’s most successful restaurateurs, once said, “If you think big, then it’s going to be big.” Focusing your career goals on managing or owning a restaurant is a big step in the right direction — but it helps if you also hone a unique set of skills. Look for training that teaches and strengthens the qualities of restaurateurs, who like Emeril, are at the top of their game. Do you have what it takes? Here’s how to excel: