I’m preparing to enter the workforce and of course I am interested in the Food Services industry. To be properly prepared, I have obtained two certifications. The first one is a Food Handler’s Certification in the County of San Bernardino. The second is a Food Handler’s Certification in the State of California. One might ask themselves, why both? If I have a certification for the State of California and the County of San Bernardino is in the State of California, why did I waste my time and get both? Well, the Counties of San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego don’t accept the State of California certification. You must possess a separate cert from each of those counties. Do I think this is silly? OF COURSE!!! But it is what it is and so I have obtained the County of San Bernardino and next step is the County of Riverside. I live within the County of Riverside and the County of San Bernardino is our neighbor. I feel it is in my best interest to obtain certifications for both of these locales although I cringe at the extra expense for each. Granted, they aren’t expensive or difficult to obtain, but it’s a matter of principal. The State of Ca certification cost me $22. The County of San Bernardino cost me an additional $17. Do I think this is a waste of my hard earned money? OF COURSE!!! But do I want a job? YES!!! So I obtained the two certifications and will get my third, the County of Riverside, by the end of the day. In case you were wondering, which you probably were not….I will not get the certification in the County of San Diego because I will more than likely, never be employed in the county. The distance doesn’t justify the measly pay in the Food Service industry.
And while I am on the topic of job searches, the Food Services Industry is of interest to me but it’s not the only jobs I have been applying for. I also love writing. I am extremely creative. I have pretty extensive knowledge of PhotoShop, PowerPoint and KeyNote. I love to create presentations. I love writing a blog. Writing this blog is the perfect blend of my love for cooking and my love for writing. But have you ever done a job search for “Food Blogger?” Go ahead..give it a try. It’s a waste of time. So I am applying for other writing and design related positions. I don’t have a lot of work experience or formal training but I want to pursue my passions so badly. I want to call employers and share my passion with them. The job market is a tough place. Does your resume really, truly represent who you are? Sure it lists your previous jobs and education. It might even list a set of skills. But does it really portray just who you are? Your passions, your talents? I have so much passion for writing and design and creative projects but it isn’t reflected on the stark pages of my resume. Why? Because it is my PASSION…not my career. I wish it was my career. That’s where I am heading. But passion isn’t what most employers are looking for. It’s frustrating.