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Unusual approach to recruitment …

I-filed 15 November 2008 35

Gus’s Cafe have advertised in this morning’s CBR Times classifieds for a kitchenhand, a cook, floor staff and a barista – and specified “no experience required”!

Um, wonders, does this mean that Gus’s standards are so high that they take all recruits through rigorous training on hiring them … or that they don’t expect to ever attract staff with professional standards?

Whichever, it might be wise to avoid Gus’s till they get ALL their new staff up to speed – and until they’ve taught them, say, basic kitchen hygiene at least!

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35 Responses to Unusual approach to recruitment …
Granny Granny 1:39 pm 17 Nov 08

He might have had a multiple personality disorder and been Gus White, Gus Black and Fred.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 1:32 pm 17 Nov 08

Because his head is on the pavement! And he only has one head. That you can see, at least.


ant ant 12:21 pm 17 Nov 08

Granny said :

How do you know it was only one Gus? Huh? Huh? Huh?

Because his head is on the pavement! And he only has one head. That you can see, at least.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 11:23 am 17 Nov 08

Actually AussieGal, commercial kitchen hygiene is something you need to learn BEFORE you start working with food, so people don’t get poisoned

I am also one who believes that best place to learn kitchen hygiene is on the job, with the expectation that the people teaching you know the standards thoroughly. WAY more can be learned on the job than in a classroom or from a textbook. If I was the owner, I’d rather teach people new to the industry in my kitchen, as they will be learning your expected hygiene policies from scratch, with little risk of an experienced hospitality staff member bringing possible sub-standard hygiene procedures with them.

As for the general comments about hiring people with little or no experience, again, I think it’s possibly a very smart idea. You can start with a “clean slate”, and instill the quality and expectations that you have for your particular establishment, minimising the likelihood of hiring an “experienced” staff member who might like to only do things their way. As mentioned already, hiring new blood allows to concentrate on personality, teamwork and potential. Skills can be taught. I have met plenty of less skilled hospi people who are willing to learn who I’d hire any day over others I’ve met who’ve been in the industry for years who thinks their way is the only way so f**k off.

I am one of the few Canberran’s who can say I’ve lived here for 98% of my life, and never had a drink or food at Gus’s for whatever reason or another. That said, I’d certainly not boycott them because they are choosing this method for hire. In fact, I might make the long overdue visit there shortly to see how it’s working out for them.

Granny Granny 9:07 am 17 Nov 08

When you’re wrong you’re wrong, poptop.

: )

poptop poptop 8:47 am 17 Nov 08

Losing or surrendering? 😉

Granny Granny 8:29 am 17 Nov 08

Why am I losing all my arguments today?

poptop poptop 8:25 am 17 Nov 08

Granny, truly there can only ever be one Gus Petersilka.

Granny Granny 7:35 am 17 Nov 08

How do you know it was only one Gus? Huh? Huh? Huh?

Special G Special G 6:58 am 17 Nov 08

Gus’ train their staff well and they had two of their staff come in the top 5 at the latest barista champs which proves it..

I-filed I-filed 6:36 am 17 Nov 08

Gus’s cafe is correct. It depends on whether it’s a soft or hard s.

ant ant 12:26 am 17 Nov 08

The trouble with Gus’s, is that it is called Gus’s Cafe. The cafe of Gus. The cafe owned by Gus. Therefore, it is Gus’s cafe. Not the cafe of many Gus’. Just one Gus.

Granny Granny 11:29 pm 16 Nov 08

I love Gus’ and hope I always do. It would just not be Canberra for me if Gus’ went. They have not let me down very often. I am willing to risk the new staff.

Concerning apostrophes – this makes me feel old. Our teachers would not have dreamed of letting us write Gus’s. I’m surprised I could even bring myself to write that! Now I will have to go and have a nervous breakdown or something.

poptop poptop 11:05 pm 16 Nov 08

I gave both my authorities for just that reason, miz, although I agree the comment regarding ancient names was a bit ambiguous [it also is from Strunk and White]. The point was that nyssa was being extremely testy about a ‘rule’ that is not as clearcut as s/he was suggesting.

As it turns out, nyssa appears to be correct about Gus’ Cafe, as that is how it appears in the Yellow Pages.

miz miz 10:55 pm 16 Nov 08

Depends on your authority or style guide, poptop. Proper names ending in an S can be used either way.

My Departmental style guide insists on the ‘s. However, others differ. New Hart Rules (Oxford University Press use it) states “It is traditional to use an apostrophe alone after classical names ending in s or es: Euripides’, Herodotus’, Mars’, Erasmus’ . . . [this] style should be followed for longer names; with short names the alternative, Zeus’s, is permissible.”

poptop poptop 10:44 pm 16 Nov 08

Not according to the Apostrophe Protection Society not Strunk and White, nyssa.

The Strunk and White rule is – singular nouns ending in ‘s’ get an apostrophe-‘s’ for the possessive: Loveless’s dog, the house’s price.

Plural nouns get just the apostrophe.

The exception appears to be for ancient names (so Jesus’ crib, Euripides’ play).

So chill out, stickler. =-)

ant ant 10:30 pm 16 Nov 08

Doesn’t the apostrophe after the S imply the next S?

nyssa76 nyssa76 10:11 pm 16 Nov 08

Ok, I have to say it and call me a grammar nazi if you want but I don’t care.

It’s GUS’, not GUS’S.

FFS, the ‘ is denoting ownership…

AussieGal83 AussieGal83 7:59 pm 16 Nov 08

Actually I-filed, you’re making an assumption that Gus’s wont be able to teach these newbies said standards. Are you the owner? No. So how would you know what goes on there?

Telling people to avoid a restaurant just because you think that new people can’t learn proper standards is a bit ridiculous.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 5:47 pm 16 Nov 08

Hi El – what IT job are you after. We aren’t hiring until Xmas due to our yearly 4th cost control activity, but there’s a very good chance for early next year.

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