How to Find Catering Jobs

19 07 2013


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Before checking for the latest jobs on catering recruitment websites, the first thing you need to do on your road to the kitchen is to get some experience.

The catering world is growing, which means there are more opportunities for younger chefs to enter the profession. That does not mean you will walk into just any role, the market is quite competitive. Before you start your search you should be sure you are as employable as possible – the best way to do that is with adequate work experience.

You should start by contacting a local restaurant or café to see if they will give you a couple of shifts here and there, with a view to giving you something part time. It doesn’t matter if you are just washing dishes for a while, that could be the gateway into preparing some cold dishes. More importantly than anything else it will give you an important glimpse of the environment you will be working in.

Working in a kitchen is unlike almost anywhere else, the hours are long and hot. It is also very stressful. Although that can be said of many jobs, there is a certain mentality required for kitchen work and it is good to get used to the camaraderie and the atmosphere. For example, even the best head chef in the world will be inclined to bawl and shout at you during the busiest dinner services. If you buckle under the pressure or a good rollicking, and take it personally, you may struggle with kitchen life. Once you have learnt to deal with it, and not take it personally, the hard skin will make life in the future much easier. Future employers will also know this. They are unlikely to take someone on cold.

If you have all the experience you think you will need, it is time to start looking for a job. Not all catering companies will list their vacancies on a job site. Although most do, it may be worth calling up a restaurant nearby to see if they have any positions available. If not, leave your CV with them – along with a good impression – and hope they may be in touch next time they are looking for someone. You will most likely be required to go for a trial shift; your past experience will help you immeasurably if this is the case.

Job sites are most likely the place you will find a job, and there are some sites specifically tailored to the catering industry. At the same time, if you live in a city or large town, take a walk around to see if any places are advertising on a board outside.

Make sure your CV looks as good as possible. Detail clearly what you have done and what you have achieved. Do it succinctly, try not to blabber on and train it to what will be expected of you. If it is an Italian restaurant, experience with Italian food will obviously do down well. If you do get an interview, just because you’ll be working in chef whites does not mean you can turn up wearing whatever you want. Dress smartly.


What to do if your phone or tablet is exposed to water

11 07 2013


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If you’ve ever damaged your phone or tablet, you’ll know just how frustrating it can be. You might, if you’re lucky, be able to get it up and running again – but you may find that your device is beyond repair. Of course, there are accessories you can buy to help provide your phone or tablet with robust protection from the elements. That’s why so many phone and tablet users choose to buy cases from theSnugg, for instance. However, if you drop your device in water, you need to move quickly to ensure that any damage is minimised. There are some steps you should take if your phone or tablet is exposed to water.

According to an article from, the first – and perhaps the most obvious – thing you need to remember is to remove your phone from the water or other liquid as quickly as possible. Even a few seconds’ exposure to water damage can leave your phone or tablet irreparable, so you really can’t afford to wait around. Water can seep into the insides of your device through the various ports, however small they are. Make sure you switch your phone or tablet off as quickly as you can after it’s come into contact with water.

Once you’ve removed the phone or tablet from the liquid, place it down on some soft cloths or a towel and then remove the battery. The longer a device’s internal circuits are connected to a power source when wet, the more likely they are to succumb to water damage. However, if you remove the battery quickly then you may yet be able to save your phone or tablet. You should also make sure you remove the SIM card from your phone, seeing as this is where your contacts are likely to be stored. The chances are your SIM will survive water damage unscathed in any event, but it makes good sense to be quick about removing it from a phone that’s been exposed to water.

Then, take a soft rag or towel and make sure you dry your phone or tablet thoroughly. You really do need to be thorough about this – make sure there isn’t even a single drop of water left inside your device, as this can start to corrode or short out internal circuits. However, when you dry your phone or tablet off, be careful not to treat it too roughly. If you use a paper towel, make sure you don’t inadvertently leave bits of paper stuck in the gaps of your device.

Another article from also suggests that you could use a hairdryer to dry your phone or tablet after it’s been exposed to water. Make sure you keep the hairdryer on a low setting if you choose to do this – you don’t need to blast your phone with heat – and focus on your phone’s ports as this is where water is most likely to gather. Alternatively, you could simply disassemble your phone and leave it in an airing cupboard for a few hours to dry off thoroughly.

Braving The Beach In A Bikini – A How-To Guide

4 07 2013


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Now that the sun is finally shining, not only does it automatically put everyone in a better mood, it also means that it is time for summer holidays. However, if you’re starting to feel panicky about baring your tummy on the beach in a bikini after many months of doom and gloom weather, there is no need to worry. I have compiled a how-to guide that will help you to pull off your bikini with style and confidence this summer so all of your woes can disappear and your biggest worry will be how to cram as much fun into the summer as possible. Here is how you can brave the beach in a bikini this summer.

1.      Work up a sweat

Forget that your exercise regime went out of the window during the long winter months – now is the time to focus on getting back into shape fast before you head off on holiday and have to put on your bikini. I’m not suggesting a quick fix starvation diet to shed the pounds however – no, instead, you simply have to work up a sweat by doing high intensity cardio exercises three times a week for about a month before you go on holiday. Whilst you won’t instantly drop weight, these exercises will tone you up and leave you with a tauter, firmer stomach, as well as make you feel more confident about your shape.

2.      Reduce your portion sizes

Now that its summer, you’re likely to feel less hungry anyway, so rather than carry on eating stodgy winter stews and giving yourself a bloated tummy from every meal, try to cut your portion sizes. In addition to this, you could swap some of your regular carbs for healthier salads. So go ahead and eat that burger but have salad as your side dish instead of fries and you’ll soon notice an improvement to your waistline, giving you the confidence to rock that bikini in style.

3.      Go on a shopping spree

Nothing makes us girls feel happier faster than an ad hoc shopping trip, so grab together a bunch of your best girl mates and shop to your heart’s content. Plus, that little bit of weight you’ve lost from following the above two steps gives you an excuse to treat yourself to some new swimwear. You’ll find a great choice of bikinis and one piece swimsuits at Women’s Swimwear.

4.      Get an instant tan

It’s a well-known fact that you not only look and feel healthier when you’re tanned, but you also look slimmer. So what could be more helpful when trying to slim down into your bikini than arriving at the beach with a ready-made tan? Remember to exfoliate skin first to get rid of old, dry skin and use a good moisturiser for the following week to preserve your summer glow.

5.      Cover up on the beach

Just because you’re on holiday at the beach does not mean that you have to bare your body all day in a bikini. You’ll look just as stylish by covering your bikini up with a sarong – plus that can double up as your outfit later that night to take you straight from the beach to the bar. Find the right swimwear for you this summer by heading to