So, my friend, who happens to be a talented chef, has been facing a prolonged period of unemployment. Despite numerous attempts at different jobs, he found himself either rejected after interviews or leaving positions due to inadequate pay and other challenging circumstances. Today, he came to me seeking advice on how to navigate this tough situation and whether to pursue a job or venture into a self-owned business. His preference was initially a job since he lacked the financial means to start even a small business.
As we delved into the discussion, a few key points emerged:
Cracking the Interview Code:
The recurring theme was his struggle with job interviews. My advice to him was simple—align yourself with the job requirements. Avoid overacting or underacting, as both extremes may convey a lack of suitability. By closely matching yourself with the employer’s needs, you not only increase your chances of success but also gain some negotiating power.
Where to Look for Opportunities:
I suggested a practical approach to gaining hands-on experience: visit malls, particularly those with a concentration of restaurants. By working in a highly-ranked restaurant, he could enhance his skills and gain a valuable edge in his career.
Considering a Self-Owned Setup:
Despite his initial inclination towards a job, I shared a compelling idea based on personal experience. I proposed starting a small roadside setup featuring a single dish. Drawing examples from successful setups around us, I emphasized that minimal investment is needed to kickstart such a venture. Whether it’s frying eggs, making parathas, or serving rice dishes, the possibilities are diverse. The key is to take that first step, motivated by the prospect of self-employment.
After an extensive discussion, he decided to take the plunge and initiate his own setup with a modest budget—something as simple as a roadside food stall. His enthusiasm and determination were palpable, and he was inspired to begin with the earnings from his first job.
In the past, he had various income sources but had never ventured into owning his setup, mainly due to a lack of initiative. Now, armed with a plan and fueled by motivation, he’s gearing up to start a roadside food stall with an investment of under $200. Let’s wish him the best of luck in the comments!