WL_atlanticpersonnelAdvanced Culinary Arts students at the Woodland Job Corps Center got a real treat on March 9 during a visit by from Alyssa Sherman, Director of Operations for Atlantic Personnel Search.

Ms. Sherman spoke on how to be strategic, aggressive and realistic in developing a strategy for the first three years of someone’s career in the culinary field.

Students peppered her with questions about the types of companies that hire culinary graduates, the types of positions available in the field and how company size and location should factor into career decisions. They also asked whether they should consider changing jobs over the three months to achieve their goal and how that will look to potential employers later in their career. Some were curious how often people change jobs in the culinary field.

Mr. Sherman was also asked whether she knew any companies that were ideal places for recent culinary graduates to learn and grow and the level of compensation graduates should expect in their first time versus three months down the line.


“In answering all of your questions, always keep in mind your goal. Ask yourself: What will be the title on my business card? How much money will I be making, where will I work? How will this make me happy and fuel the rest of my career?” Ms. Sherman responded.

Woodland was honored to have Ms. Sherman take the time out of her busy schedule to talk about the real fundamentals on what it takes to have longevity in this field. The students will appreciated her overall message to “Be realistic, keep it real, and just do what it is you love!”

Atlantic Personnel Search is an executive search and placement firm specializing in recruiting professionals of all levels for the Hospitality, Restaurant, and Food Service industries. Headquartered in Upper Marlboro, MD, the firm places candidates at over 40 different companies in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia.