Report: Restaurant Industry on Track to Outpace Overall Job Growth

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Next year should be a good one for job seekers looking to work in the restaurant industry.

According to the National Restaurant Association (NRA), sales at eating and drinking establishments across the U.S. are expected to increase by 3.8 percent in 2013 to reach more than $660 billion.

The NRA is also forecasting that 2013 will be the 14th consecutive year that restaurant employment will outpace national job growth, with Texas, North Dakota and Florida leading the way. The 2013 Restaurant Industry Forecast is projecting Texas to top the list in terms of sales next year, as the state is on track to bring in more than $40 billion, the Houston Business Journal reports.

Crossing the $40 billion mark in projected sales is a significant milestone. While we will always be Main Street in our business model, the Texas restaurant industry’s collective might makes us one of the largest economic engines in the state, Richie Jackson, chief executive officer of the Texas Restaurant Association, said in a statement. “With over 1 million employees we employ one out of 10 in the workforce and generate substantial tax revenues to both state and local government in the form of sales and property tax.”

Restaurant  employment is expected to surge in North Dakota again next year as well. The state has seen industry job growth rise more than 14 percent since the end of the economic downturn.

A candidate looking for work in the emerging field will need to have a variety of qualifications on his or her resume, including good communication skills and the ability to multi-task.

For those looking to management positions, although many larger chains run training programs, a degree in business administration, hospitality or food service management would be helpful. Shift managers, who also help hire and train staff, are expected to be able to motivate workers, communicate effectively with diners and address customer complaints. Many restaurant owners also turn to their shift managers to give them some level of creative input into the types of food the establishment will serve.

Shift leaders are also expected to have good accounting and math skills on their resumes in order to help monitor inventory and supplies.

If you are a job seeker looking for entry-level work, you  should always bring a resume to an interview, even if it is for a serving position because it will show you are professional with transferable skills.

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