Bri Colorful

Moving up the Food Chain

Posted on: April 14, 2010

My little sister was applying for her first fastfood job at a bunch of restaurants this week.  Having far too much experience in this area (begging for employment at the bottom of the food chain that is), I lent her my 12 step program. It has gotten me many jobs before. We’ll see if it works this time.

I’ve noticed in my short time on this planet, that people often give jobs to those whom they feel like they know – no matter how qualified they are. Employers will often give jobs to their friend’s son or daughter. But do not be discouraged at this unfair process. You don’t have to just get lucky.

First, you file the application. That’s the easy part even though it takes forever. You can draw up a resume if you like, but it’s not really necessary for fast food and may feel a little over the top to them.

Second, you call the establishment you want to work at and authoritatively ask when the manager will be in. Beware of this step; if your voice wavers, they’ll question your authority, so make sure you sound a little bossy (but not angry). If you have younger siblings, you’ll probably understand. It’s like when you want them to do something for you, so you tell them mom told you to tell them to do it, even though she did nothing of the sort.

For the next two steps keep in mind the importance of visual appearance – yes, they will be judging you on how you look.

Third, go to the establishment when the manager will be there and ask for the them (friendly this time).  Introduce yourself and tell them you filled out an application online. Let them see enthusiasm oozing out from between your teeth. Talk about how much you love the place and most importantly – ask questions! Ask them questions they’d be interested in answering such as: How much business do you get? What’s your busiest time of day? Then thank them for talking to you and just leave it at that. No expectations, no bothering. The whole conversation shouldn’t last more than 5-10 minutes.

Finally, about a week later, go back (again, when you know the manager will be there) and order some of their product and casually ask if they have “had a chance” to look at your application yet. Then, if they don’t offer you the job on the spot, you’ll probably get a call later that week offering an interview if they have positions available.

The point is to stay visual and to appear friendly, curious, and enthusiastic.

So, now I’m curious. . . What has your experience been with obtaining employment? Have you done any of these things? What tricks have worked for you? What hasn’t? Any horror stories?!


1 Response to "Moving up the Food Chain"

of course when you dont have time to cook, fastfoods would always be the best option .:;

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