Expecting A Call!!!!

Business By TheBaketress Updated 29 Sep 2010 , 9:17pm by what_a_cake

TheBaketress Posted 17 Aug 2010 , 4:38pm
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hey everyone!!! so i was browsing my local craigslist adds last week and i came across one looking for a cake decorator! i emailed them, they called me, i called back... lots of tag! well... i emailed them again last night and they will be calling me today to set up an interview and to look at my portfolio!!!!!

the 2 women who run and operate it are both self taught... just like me icon_smile.gif

does anyone have any advice for me before i go there? anything i should def be aware of/cautious of?

TIA

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cakesdivine Posted 17 Aug 2010 , 4:52pm
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By your post I thought first it was a potential client looking for a cake decorator to hire for a one time gig, like most CL ads are for. I had to re-read your post again to decifer that you meant it was a bakery looking to hire a cake decorator...LOL! Guess it was a case of thinking faster than you can type leaving out that important tid bit of info.

They may want you to decorate a cake on site in front of them. That is the usual way they can know. Just looking at a portfolio will not tell them what they want/need to know. So be prepared to decorate when you go to the interview. Good Luck! icon_smile.gif

KatsSuiteCakes Posted 17 Aug 2010 , 5:03pm
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Your cakes are very pretty. Go in with all the confidence you can muster, and wishing you much luck and success. Anyone would be thrilled to have you on their team! icon_smile.gif

mamawrobin Posted 17 Aug 2010 , 5:06pm
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Originally Posted by cakesdivine


They may want you to decorate a cake on site in front of them. That is the usual way they can know. Just looking at a portfolio will not tell them what they want/need to know. So be prepared to decorate when you go to the interview. Good Luck! icon_smile.gif





I agree. Both decorating jobs that I've had required me to decorate a cake on site.

cakeythings1961 Posted 17 Aug 2010 , 5:10pm
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In addition to being prepared to demonstrate some skills, why don't you bake a 6" cake as an example of your work. Present it to them perfectly torted, covered in smooth fondant or buttercream, beautifully decorated, with your best piped borders.

Best of luck!

PiccoloChellie Posted 17 Aug 2010 , 5:15pm
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Originally Posted by TheBaketress

does anyone have any advice for me before i go there? anything i should def be aware of/cautious of?




As cakesdivine said, be prepared to decorate a cake when you get there. Borders, roses, any other special flowers you can do, etc - do a couple test runs tonight if you feel up to it. You want to be able to jump right to it and appear confident if they ask you to decorate. thumbs_up.gif

No nail polish. Wear your hair neatly pulled back or bring a hair tie with you to pull it back if/when you're invited into the food prep area.
If/when you're invited into the food prep area, if you don't immediately see a handwashing sink, ask where it is and scrub up. I can't remember where I read this, maybe here, but a kitchen was looking to hire someone and the otherwise well-qualified applicant was disqualified because they didn't wash their hands before handling food during the interview. Seems obvious, but don't let your nerves make you forget that step!

And good luck!!

chrissypie Posted 17 Aug 2010 , 5:45pm
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Great advice Piccolo!

CaSandra77 Posted 24 Sep 2010 , 9:23pm
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I have been doing cakes also self taught but was wondering if I wanted to get a job, would I need a degree or would like the wilson school work for me. Not sure if I would need a culinary degree or just the training. Appreciate any help one could give. Thanks CaSandra

cakes47 Posted 24 Sep 2010 , 9:46pm
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I'm an overly cautious person. Or maybe too cautious. Have someone
drive you there and drop you off and watch you go in if it's a home or
an apartment/condo. You just never know. Sorry for being a wet blanket,
but there are way too many crazies out there. If it's legit, then I wish
you all the luck and hope you get the position and will be happy!! icon_smile.gif

what_a_cake Posted 24 Sep 2010 , 9:57pm
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Agree with cakes47. Be cautious, once you are sure everything's legal... go for it girl! BEST of Luck

what_a_cake Posted 29 Sep 2010 , 9:17pm
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Tia... how did everything went?

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