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Archive for April, 2013

The Professional Advantage

We’ve all heard how important it is to behave “professionally” in the work place and if you want to get ahead, be taken seriously, and have your boss think of you as an asset to the team –doing things in a professional way is vital, but depending on where you work and the type of job you have, this can take on many different forms.

There are, however, quite a few common traits when it comes to being professional.  And according to the monster career coach-This includes the following:

1.Competence. You’re good at what you do – and you have the skills and knowledge that enable you to do your job well.

2. Reliability. People can depend on you to show up on time, submit your work when it’s supposed to be ready, etc.

3. Honesty. You tell the truth and are upfront about where things stand.

4. Integrity. You are known for your consistent principles.

5. Respect for Others. Treating all people as if they mattered is part of your approach.

6. Self-Upgrading. Rather than letting your skills or knowledge become outdated, you seek out ways of staying current.

7. Being Positive. No one likes a constant pessimist. Having an upbeat attitude and trying to be a problem-solver makes a big difference.

8. Supporting Others. You share the spotlight with colleagues, take time to show others how to do things properly, and lend an ear when necessary.

9. Staying Work-Focused. Not letting your private life needlessly have an impact on your job, and not spending time at work attending to personal matters.

10. Listening Carefully. People want to be heard, so you give people a chance to explain their ideas properly.

Acting like a professional really means doing what it takes to make others think of you as reliable, respectful, and competent, and the more you put into practice the 10 points listed above, the better your chances will be to create a positive reputation for yourself which translates into raises, promotions, chances to work on projects you have an interest in, and the less likelihood of being downsized when layoffs are being considered.

2013 Eat’n Park Scholarship Winners!

2010 Color Scholarship Logo

We are thrilled to announce that over 40 Eat’n Park team members are the recipients of the 2013 Eat’n Park scholarship award. Each scholarship winner has been identified as a leader in his or her restaurant and community, has exceptional academic performance, and has demonstrated a wonderful focus for our customers.

Please join me in congratulating the 2013 winners!

The Power of Internships

The recruiting team at Eat’n Park Hospitality Group (ENPHG) is now fully engaged with recruiting restaurant management interns for our summer program. We have a very robust internship program. The interns have 10 weeks to be certified in departments, handle cash, complete product ordering and they get a chance to direct the entire team. They get the opportunity to manage an entire shift, sometimes, by themselves. At the end of the 10 weeks the interns present their projects to senior management in the Leadership Center of our corporate office. After the presentation we all go out to have a great dinner at Six Penn Kitchen. You can’t beat that for an internship.

Well all this planning for our summer internship go me think about the power of internships. If it is possible, do as many internships that you can. But don’t go over board. Make sure the are aligned with your long term career goals and they make sense.

Internships can:

Give you a great idea what it is like to work your  chosen field’s work environment. Don’t wait until you are done with  school, built up a lot of debt in school loans, and then decide you hate your chosen field. Either you will need to go back to school and create even more debit or you have to just suck it up and be someone where your don’t  enjoy.

  • You will build your network. Get to know the folks you work with during your internship(s). You will never know when those  folks can support your job hunt. Just don’t forget to support those folks when you can.
  • Build your resume. Internships offer your value resume building experiences. It doesn’t really matter how you get  experiences. You can gain experience by working, volunteering or by completing internships. It’s all still real live experience.

Batter Up Brittany

Brittany MuthandBrittany’s goal was to play softball on a winning team while earning a four year degree and enjoy her college life. And she did all three! She received her four year degree in business and accounting and was the designated hitter on her softball team, which won the nation championship 53 to 6. Brittany loved attending a smaller school where everyone knew your name. In between softball and school, she worked at two bars and a restaurant. She did everything from washing dishes, prepping, serving and bartending. She enjoyed working in the restaurants so much she decided that one day she would own her own sports bar in Colorado on the Vale. By the way, she loves to snow ski.

Brittany loves the people and the family atmosphere at Eat’n Park. She knows the CEO, Jeff Broadhurst, and has attended events with him. Her peer advisor, Erin, was greatly helpful; she could ask him how to do just about anything. He even showed her how to count dishes on his night off. Wow, what an awesome peer! Best of all, she gets to have fun and play softball with other Eat’n Park managers.

Brittany says to jump right in and learn as much as you can during training. Ask questions about everything, even if you think it’s a dumb question. Your General Manager, fellow managers and hourly team members can all be your teachers.

Brittany is working hard on being promoted to manager. Go Brittany! We know you’ll knock that one out of the park too!

Elliot – Bigger and Better Things…

elliot FeschukElliot started with Eat’n Park Hospitality Group at the wee age of 15. He started as a dishwasher at our restaurant in the Waterfront. He didn’t expect to stay. Oh no, he thought he would work a while and then quickly move on to bigger and better things. Now, he did move on to bigger and better things but he did it all within Eat’n Park Hospitality Group.

After Elliot had dishwashing down pat, he trained to cook. As soon as he turned 18, he trained to be a shift supervisor. So at the ripe old age of 18 he was managing shifts. He really enjoyed what he was doing so after high school he decided to pursue a culinary degree.  During school, and even during Elliot’s externship, he worked part time at Eat’n Park. After he graduated with his degree, he decided to enter into the management training program.

He completed his management training at our restaurant in New Stanton. After his management training, Elliot was transferred to our restaurant in North Versailles where he was quickly promoted to manager. He also worked at our restaurant on Banksville Road and is presently assigned back to the restaurant where he originally started, The Waterfront.

Elliot loves the people he works with; both management and team members. He loves the fact that he is more then just a name. He gets face time with everyone. He knows and recognizes the CEO, Jeff Broadhurst, and Jeff knows and recognizes him. Eat’n Park’s CEO couldn’t play under cover CEO.

Elliot says to try new things and be willing to learn. No one is going to push you everywhere you go. To do something day in and day out, you need to love doing it; the days aren’t long if you love what you are doing.

I could tell during Elliot’s interview that he loved what he does. He was bright eyed and bushy tailed on a miserable, snowy, wet early Monday mourning.

I would say by far the biggest and best thing that has happened to Elliot during his 12 years at Eat’n Park was meeting his wife. Congratulations Elliot! I know the next 12 years will be even better!