Why being a good listener and a fast learner Is important
Seems obvious, but many applicants don't list these soft skills on their resumes, which would set them apart in the application pool. Understanding how to use specific examples and previous experiences to sell these skills is essential.
We've found that to succeed in food preparation or other fast-paced professions, you need to be an active listener and a fast learner. So, let’s break down what good listening and fast learning can look like in any environment.
Quick Learning Is Listening Well!
When you think about it, being a fast learner and a good listener are interconnected skills. For instance, if your job training requires you to become proficient on a meat slicing machine, being a good listener ensures an efficient and safe training period. Failing to pay attention in training could necessitate repeating instructions (which will not impress your employer) and could also risk personal injury when you attempt to operate the machine.
Good listening and quick learning skills are key to adapting to fast-paced kitchen environments. Each chef or manager runs their kitchen in different ways, so quick learning skills are necessary to smoothly integrate into a new setting (even if you've worked in kitchens previously).
The ability to learn quickly ensures that you'll keep up with the demands of your new team. In a busy kitchen, several orders come in at once, and listening with a keen and thoughtful ear will enable you to avoid mixing up orders, saving your restaurant valuable time and money. Neglecting to listen, on the other hand, can hold up the kitchen line as orders have to be repeated or redone; it can even cause customers to become ill, since failing to listen to the specifications of an order can lead to accidental allergens in dishes.
Putting These Skills on a Resume
You’re probably wondering how you can include these skills on your resume without stating them outright. Our best advice is to show, not tell: are you already certified in food safety, or proficient in kitchen machines? If you've gone through previous training processes with success, employers will assume that you'll be able to do it again.Break down learning processes on your resume:
- what skills have you learned
- how did you learn them?
Including these skills on your resume will inform employers that you'll learn new job responsibilities efficiently and effectively, improving their bottom line in the long run.
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