Cooks, Restaurant :

Prepare, season, and cook dishes such as soups, meats, vegetables, or desserts in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $22,120.00
Average Time to Fill 39 days
Typical Education High school diploma or equivalent
Typical Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 42,200
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 10.14 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Resource Allocation
Customer Service
Following Directions
Information Gathering
Work Ethic
Written Communication
Pride in Work
Critical Thinking

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Handling and Moving Objects

Prepare specialty foods
Grind meats such as beef, pork, poultry, or fish
Bake breads, rolls, or other baked goods
Prepare appetizers, salads, or cold dishes
Assist chefs or caterers with food or drink preparation
Preserve meat, poultry, or fish
Cut cooked or raw foods
Cook food for customers or patients
Perform short order cooking
Operate food preparation equipment
Place food on dishes or trays or in takeout bags
Prepare beverages for clients or customers
Perform food preparation duties
Distribute food to wait staff to serve customers
Prepare food products by hand through shaping, kneading, or rolling
Clean fish, animal, or meat carcasses
Cut meat products
Mix food or beverage ingredients according to instructions
Operate food decorating equipment

Monitoring and Controlling Resources

Order restaurant, food services, or lodging related supplies, materials, and equipment
Requisition stock, materials, supplies or equipment
Manage program or project budgets
Maintain food, beverage, or equipment inventories
Inventory stock to ensure adequate supplies
Purchase food or beverages
Purchase housekeeping or cleaning supplies or equipment
Replenish supplies of food, tableware or linen

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Food Service Industry background
Asset Protection
Supervisory Skills
Report Maintenance
Customer Complaint Resolution
Equipment Cleaning

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