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Where to find restaurant jobs

Where to find restaurant jobsHey everyone hope you’re having an awesome day! So today I want to cover where to find restaurant jobs. It’s great that now you can simply go online and look for restaurants which are hiring, but you shouldn’t just limit yourself to the online job postings.

But why? it’s so much easier that way.

This is a “yes” and “no” situation. “Yes” because you can apply for multiple listings while at home drinking a coffee and not wearing pants (or was that just me?) and “no” because you’re not the only caffeine drinking, pants optional person out there applying for the same job, actually you will be competing with a lot of other people.

I’m not saying that applying for restaurant jobs online is bad but I want to make you aware of the pro’s and con’s.

Pro’s

  1. Apply for multiple positions at multiple locations with a few clicks of a button.
  2. You can research the employer(s) before you apply to see if they would be a good fit for you.
  3. Some places will need you to fill out an application form prior to consideration, this can be at times a written or online application. (it’s generally hotels that offer online applications but also will have written applications if you walk in to apply).

Con’s

  1. Not all restaurants list employment opportunities online.
  2. You will get considered based on what an employer reads on your resume which won’t show your personalities fullest potential (because your awesome right?!).
  3. Some employment opportunities listed online can be out of date or the position could have been filled before they have time to take the posting off.

I have a procedure that I use when applying for serving jobs, and it has worked for me pretty well over the years.

Firstly I do a little research online through job sites to see what is on offer around my area . I then select a number of places that I think I would enjoy to work at and read their job postings. This gives me a better idea of what they’re looking for. I then print out around 10 to 15 resumes and head out.

It’s important not to set your heart on one place because the simple truth of the matter is that there’s a possibility you won’t get the job because they’re not hiring, there are others who get chosen over you, or you’re just not what they’re looking for. Don’t let it get you down, it happens to everyone.

Now while I’m making my way to the list of places I have I keep my eye out for other restaurants (these are the ones that wouldn’t necessarily put job postings online). If a place looks interesting to me I’ll go have a quick look at their menu (hopefully there’s one out the front, do not go in and ask for one).

I go over the steps you should then take in a earlier post I wrote called How to get a job as a server. This walks you through what you should do when inside applying for a serving position.

So where do I find restaurant job postings?

Online

  • Craigslist: One of the most popular sites when it comes to finding serving jobs through free classifieds in your area.
  • Indeed.com: With over 60 million unique visitors and 1 billion job searches per month. Indeed is available in more than 50 countries and 26 languages, covering 94% of global GDP.
  • Careerjet.com: Careerjet is a job search engine designed to make the process of finding a job on the internet easier for the user. It maps the huge choice of job offerings available on the internet in one extensive database by referencing job listings originating from job boards, recruitment agency websites and large specialist recruitment sites.
  • Monster.com: Founded in 1967, Monster Worldwide Inc. is the parent company of Monster®, the leading global online careers property.
  • Kijiji: Kijiji is Canada’s most popular free, local classifieds site. Kijiji offers a convenient, fun, and easy way for people in the same city to buy, sell, trade and help each other out in areas such as goods, cars, services, housing and jobs.

UPDATE: I have now setup a Job board through the blog. Check it out here.

These should give you enough ammunition to get a good list of potential serving jobs in your area. There are more out there which you may find, but these generally have enough job postings.

Good luck and I hope you find your dream job.

Thanks.

Nathan

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