Of all the tasks on the pre-opening timeline, the most challenging is assembling our team. Finding great people and connecting them with a job that they find fulfilling and rewarding is central to our hiring philosophy. That’s why our first consideration of a potential employee is not experience. Having previous industry experience is defintely always welcome, but some of our best employees would have been overlooked because they had never worked in a restaurant before. Instead, we look for attributes that transcend teachable skills. We can teach the mechanics of food and drink; we just can’t teach a person the passion to care. That comes from within.
Take ourselves for example. We didn’t have experience before we started bread&cup eight years ago. We had never opened a restaurant. We had a belief in a dream and an attitude of resolve to see it become reality. This is why we are willing to give someone a chance to try and see. Risks have to be taken if anything notable is expected to happen.
Something may be resonnating as you read this. Maybe you’ve wondered if you missed your calling along the culinary path but you feel you may be too old. (I launched out in my 40’s) Maybe you’re a mom with kids back in school and you think it might be time to step back into part time work. Maybe you want to open your own restaurant someday, but want to be a part of a team that sees it firsthand. Or maybe you just need a change of pace. The important thing is to listen to that inner voice and decide.
The first step in the process is to email a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t have a current resume, just send a letter explaining why you would like to work with us.
The good work of hospitality results in the telling of new stories, told in ways that make us all feel a little more alive and human. Maybe your story will intersect with ours.