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Accountant looking to be a Restaurant Manager, would you hire me?

I am an accountant, but I always wanted to be a restaurant manager. My family owns a restaurant and thinks that the business is too demanding, but they are a mom and pop shop, and cook all the food as well as manage, they hate it. I have worked for them a lot, growing up, but I can’t use that on a resume. I know all of the ins and outs. I have a bachealors in management and accounting. I am an excellent mediator, I know I’d be great and this job and enjoy it. I need to be around people, accounting is so boring. Also, every job personality test I take points me in this direction. I have spent 7 years of my life as an accountant. I have to support myself, and I need to make at least a decent salary. How do I start? Would I have to be an assistant manager? Do assistant managers make any money? I need advice on a carreer switch. Also, should I even mention that my family owns a business to potential employers?

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7 Responses to “Accountant looking to be a Restaurant Manager, would you hire me?”

  1. P. D. said :

    Sounds good. If there is a restaurant owner who wants to keep their hand in the business, but needs a manager or even a partner to steady the income side of the business, you have a good shot at a good successful future. Good luck.

  2. MickeyHCO said :

    Based on your skills, I would definitely call you for an interview. if you are a decent person that can handle problems efficiently(and there will be problems in restaurant, lol), i would give you a shot.

  3. randall g said :

    approach your family about the business they have maybe you could take it over buy it out etc sounds as if you want to be a entrepreneur.taking some culinary school would be helpful not that you can’t cook but people like credentials good luck hope this helps

  4. Dr. Deth said :

    Be prepared to work even longer lousier hrs for less pay than an Accountant makes – are you ready for 60-70 hr weeks, lots of nights and weekends?

  5. CaseyMae said :

    A big part of resaurant management is making sure the numbers balance! Restaurants are very unprofessional atmospheres. It is a lot different than the corporate world, even corporate restaurants. They are full of infidelity, drugs, and lots of gossip and drama. I would rather do retail management…

  6. wotalotihad said :

    no idea in what country you are, but in South Africa the hospitality industry is not well paid at all. As an assistant manager it would be on minor pay, and I’m not even sure that without any hospitality qualification, that you would be accepted at this level. The further you get in your accounting career the more you will have to work with people (your passion) – trust me, I liked the job as it was not too people-oriented, but the more senior I get, the more I need to handle people…. Would also like to do something such as restaurant management, but it’s strange hours, lots of stress…. how about getting your own restaurant, get someone else to run it and you literally just manage the business (one day a week at the most) and make all the strategic decisions? let me know if you need a business partner:-)

  7. John said :

    Speaking as a restaurant manager:

    1. You can probably get interviews fairly easily and possibly job offers. There aren’t enough restaurant managers that actually understand accounting practices so you would have an advantage there.

    2. You probably make more as an accountant than you would as a restaurant manager since you would probably need to start as an assistant and in a lower level of restaurant. $40K is hard to come by at an assistant level until you start getting into some fancier places.

    3. It is very common in the industry to work 50 hour weeks minimum and that’s if everything is running smoothly. Poorer results=even more hours.

    4. Mentioning your family owns a restaurant can go both ways. It will show that you do in fact have some knowledge of the business. But some places will be afraid that you’ll just come in for a short time, learn the ins and outs, and then disappear for the family business. If you can give a really good reason for not working for them (you don’t get along, they’re looking to sell the business) it will work out fine. As long as you worked in the restaurant on a fairly regular basis, it’s fine to mention it on the resume even if you were very young.

    If you really want to get into restaurant management, working in your family’s restaurant would be the easiest way in–and if they are working that many hours and hate it, they may appreciate the help.


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