Catering & Hospitality Career Move tips

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Has Catering Training Changed for the Worst in Recent Years?

Has Catering Training Changed for the Worst in Recent Years? Here at West One, we’re in a good place to assess the state of the UK’s catering and hospitality industry. With all of our consultants and staff having extensive frontline experience of working as qualified chefs, hospitality staff and management, we often discuss how things […]

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How to make an impact in your new catering/hospitality role…

How to make an impact in your new catering / hospitality role… Fantastic! You’ve just secured that amazing new position that you’ve wanted for ages. You’ve worked really hard to get it, but now it’s time to start and really begin to make your mark. Whether you’re a chef or you work front of house […]

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Brexit & The Hospitality Industry

Brexit & The Hospitality Industry – 5 Frequently Asked Questions Following June 23 2016 when a majority of those voting decided they wanted to leave the European Union, the UK awaits just what will happen next. At the same time, the UK’s two major political parties, the Conservative Party and the Labour are in turmoil, […]

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Catering and Hospitality: What questions should you ask your interviewer?

Catering and Hospitality: What questions should you ask your interviewer? In the Catering and Hospitality industry, Interviews can often feel like a one-way process, where you as a candidate for a job are asked questions to ascertain your suitability in terms of skills, qualifications, experience and personality. But interviews shouldn’t be one-way. Firstly, it is […]

Are You Aware of the Consequences of a Bad Hire?

Are You Aware of the Consequences of a Bad Hire? With London and the rest of the UK currently experiencing a lack of good quality staff entering the catering and hospitality professions, making a bad hire is a risk that every restaurant and hotel is at the mercy of. But are you aware of the […]

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Hiring a Chef Isn’t Just About Skills and Experience, It’s About So Much More…

Hiring a Chef Isn’t Just About Skills and Experience, It’s About So Much More… Whatever level of chef you are looking at recruiting from Commis Chef to Executive Chef, it can be tough. With an ever increasing number of restaurants and other eateries opening across London, the fact we as a country have not been […]

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Looking For a Job? How to Make the Most of Your Recruitment Agency

Looking For a Job? How to Make the Most of Your Recruitment Agency If you’re looking for a new job as a Chef or another hospitality role, then you may think that by simply registering with an agency you are doing enough to ensure that you will eventually be offered work. It may be enough […]

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As Assistant Branch Manager of West One my job is never dull, full of lively characters and even better clients!

As Assistant Branch Manager of West One my job is never dull, full of lively characters and even better clients! We had the pleasure this week to go to Rib Room in Knightsbridge to sample their new pop up Cuban theme running until the end of August. Fabulous twists on classic cocktails with an amazing […]

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5 Key Skills Required to Work Front of House

5 Key Skills Required to Work Front of House It may be the chefs that seem to get all the glory in the restaurant trade but have no doubt about it, those working front of house are just as important to a restaurant’s success. It can take a special sort of individual to excel in […]

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Uncertainty Over a Potential Brexit Leads to an Increase in Temporary Vacancies

Uncertainty Over a Potential Brexit Leads to an Increase in Temporary Vacancies Here at West One over the last few years we have placed candidates in jobs at a variety of restaurants and hotels across London. Having such a good relationship with some of the finest establishments across the capital means that we really do […]

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Catering and Hospitality: Not Getting Interview? 5 Steps You Need to Take

Catering and Hospitality: Not Getting Interview? 5 Steps You Need to Take If you’re applying lots of jobs but you’re not getting interviews then quite simply, you’re doing something wrong because the catering and hospitality industry is crying out for people, particularly in London. Chances are it’s something simple that you are not doing or […]

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When considering a new job, consider more than just the salary

When considering a new job, consider more than just the salary When you’re looking for a new job, there are lots of different factors to consider. One of the most important of these is the salary. Like it or not, money is important to all of us and it is one of the primary factors […]

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From Catering to Recruitment: Are You Up to the Challenge?

From Catering to Recruitment: Are You Up to the Challenge? We pride ourselves here at West One on the fact that all of our recruitment consultants, as well as being experienced and capable recruiters, have experience of working in the catering and hospitality industry. It’s one of the reasons why we’ve consistently been one of […]

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The Rise in Popularity of Pan-Asian Restaurants

The Rise in Popularity of Pan-Asian Restaurants Asian food has been a staple of British life since the 1950s and 1960s. The two dominant cuisines, Indian and Chinese are found in both takeaway and restaurant form in virtually every corner of the UK. However, during the last major recession, both Chinese and Indian restaurants were […]

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Should We Stay or Should We Go? What Will Happen to the Catering and Hospitality Industries if we Decide to Stay or Leave?

Should We Stay or Should We Go? What Will Happen to the Catering and Hospitality Industries if we Decide to Stay or Leave? With the vote to decide whether the UK stays in the European Union or leaves getting ever closer, many people are wondering what the effect of the result could be on the […]

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Employers: How to Make the Most of Your Recruitment Consultant

Employers: How to Make the Most of Your Recruitment Consultant Whether you are new to using the services of a recruitment agency to fill your role or you are an experienced user, have you ever considered if you are making the most of your recruitment consultant? Below we take a look at some ways you […]

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Employers: Why you should act now to beat the summer recruitment rush

Employers: Why you should act now to beat the summer recruitment rush In London, the hospitality industry often sees an increase in its recruitment needs during the summer months. As the influx of visitors to the capital increases every year, so does the need for hotels, restaurants and other establishments to have quality and reliable […]

Chefs: How to Ensure Your Trial Shift is a Success

How to Ensure Your Trial Shift is a Success – Chefs Trial Shifts It’s always good when a restaurant offers you a trial shift. It enables you to show off your skills and also lets you see if the restaurant is suitable for you and your career ambitions. What is a trial shift? A ‘trial […]

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The Dos and Don’ts of a Catering Interview

The Dos and Don’ts of a Catering Interview If you’re looking to land a hospitality / catering job that you really want, then your interview performance is crucial. How you present yourself and how you answer questions will make or break your chances of landing the role, so take a look at our interview dos […]

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Doing Lunch!

Doing Lunch! I am always one to rave about how great my job is, there isn’t another industry that can give you the satisfaction that recruiting does. The feeling when you get to know your candidate and what they are after and match them to a client that you have also got to know is […]