While there’s always work in the food & beverage space, the competition is also fierce for these spots. Whether you’re coming out of cooking school, have been in the field for years gaining skills, or you’re just starting out, it’s always good to keep your resume fresh with varied experience. Enter the gig economy.
Gig work is a highly beneficial way for employers to find quick help, but it’s also a great way for employees to test the waters and expand their skill set. Here are just a few ways that gig work can help to build an impressive resume:
Exposure to Various Environments
The other tricky part about finding a job in the food & beverage field is the multitude of cuisines and methods available. Discovering what styles you prefer can be a daunting task, but knowing what you love and loving what you know is always the goal. So getting a chance to try your hand at as many different restaurants and hotels as possible is a dream come true. You’re going to find more exciting paths when more are open to you.
Hone Your Style
Chefs love when a cook can step into a kitchen and look like they’re home. Being able to walk into any kitchen and perform naturally is a rare skill. By having the opportunity to work in a number of different kitchens, gig work offers the possibility to gain that ability quickly where it would take other cooks a whole career to develop. “Can adapt to new environments and changes flawlessly” is a resume-worthy line. And imagine how many places that you could say you’ve worked in!
Build The Right Connections
Sometimes it isn’t so much about what you know as much as who you know. Being a gig worker offers you the chance to meet as many industry professionals as you can in a short amount of time. Developing a reputation as a skilled worker will open doors that you didn’t even know existed.
Find Full-Time Work (If You Want)
While working gigs, you basically get to audition businesses that you may be happy working at full-time. Plus, being able to show your skills off on the clock is even better than a resume. In fact, we’ve seen Professionals time and again accept full-time jobs with businesses after working a few shifts with them through Qwick. At that point, you already know you enjoy working there, so it’s a win-win for you and the business!
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