Unsung Heroes: Restaurant Recruiters Help Win the War for Talent

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Restaurant Recruiters may not sound like they have the world’s most exciting or most challenging job, but you would be surprised. The current job market is historically one of the tightest, most difficult job markets ever. The number of jobs available surpassed the number of positions available in May. The industry is short 1.8 million managers currently and the shortage shows no sign of slowing down.

The Restaurant Recruiters’ Challenge

In addition to the challenges of a difficult job market, Restaurant Recruiters need to attract candidates who fit a very difficult mindset in today’s workforce. Restaurant management talent must be:

  • Willing to work long hours
  • Able to manage staff that can fluctuate widely in skill set and experience
  • The right cultural fit for the concept, as this can make or break a business

So, there’s little question that Restaurant Recruiters have a challenging job.

The Thrill of the Chase

As for the position being exciting, well, you would be surprised. At Goodwin Recruiting, we get to know all of our candidates personally. However, sometimes it is necessary to look at each applicant as another move in a “game of chance.” The odds are about 1 in 4 that a candidate will go through the full hiring process without becoming disengaged at some point. To win this “game,” you have to move fast and stay in touch constantly.

Many recruiters who handle restaurant management positions at Goodwin Recruiting come from restaurant operations backgrounds. For them, it IS exciting to help people find their next opportunity. It is literallly, life-changing to help someone find a new position. Luckily, restaurant recruiters get to do it over and over again.

The Big Payoff

Goodwin’s Recruiters thrive on connecting candidates with great new opportunities. We know our clients and do everything in our power to help their businesses succeed. In this hyper-competitive market, it’s critical for restaurants that want to succeed to cater to job seekers and meet them on their terms. Restaurants need to strive to be better than their competition. They need to provide good benefits, quality-of-life, and a fun, team-oriented culture.

When a Restaurant Recruiter succeeds, everyone involved wins.

  • The client gets a great new employee who is engaged, excited, and the right fit to help their concept thrive.
  • The candidate gets a fresh opportunity to steer their career in a new direction, make more money, and enjoy better benefits.
  • And, the recruiter receives their fee, the old-fashioned way, by earning it.

There is no greater thrill for a Restaurant Recruiter than to help make a difference in someone’s life by helping them find their next job. It is not a role for the meek. In the end, the rewards pay off for everyone involved.

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