If you work in the hospitality industry, the chances are that at some stage you will have to recruit catering staff. When you do, there are a few things it is worth bearing in mind. By following the few simple tips outlined here, you will be able to quickly find people who are suitable for the roles that you are trying to fill.
Flexibility and Experience
If possible, try to recruit people who have previously worked in the catering and hospitality industries. These people will already understand the demands of the job.
They will be prepared for the long hours, being on their feet much of the day and dealing with the public face-to-face. Most will also be aware that they will usually have to work unsociable hours.
In addition, people who have previously worked in the industry are far more likely to hold qualifications and certificates, which may prove useful for you. For example, many will already have already completed their food safety courses. If you employ people like this, you will be able to potentially swap them from front of house duties to back of house duties in the kitchen. Building in this additional flexibility into your workforce makes sense on many levels. It means that should somebody be out sick you can easily fill their shoes. In addition, it gives employees the chance to work in different parts of the business. Something most employees welcome and enjoy. A happy and engaged workforce is far more likely to be a stable one, which will bring additional benefits to your business.
Where to Find Recruits
Naturally, if you have a catering college on your doorstep it makes sense to recruit at least some of your staff from there. However, the vast majority of companies are not in this situation.
For them, the best approach is to advertise their catering roles online. If you want to you can do so using general job sites and classified sites. However, you will get far better results if you use an online catering job website that focuses on the catering industry.
The jobseekers who visit this kind of website are far more likely to be kind of people you are actually looking for. Therefore, you will considerably speed up and streamline your recruitment process by using a specialist catering job agency.
If you want jobseekers who have previous experience of working in the catering industry, visit the caterer.com hospitality recruitment portal. There you can quickly, and easily post your job adverts, or for a small fee access their database of CVs to find a candidate that way.