Catering Recruitment Agencies, unless you tell them otherwise, assume that when you give them a hiring assignment, to find them a chef for a job vacancy you need to fill, that you’re also probably dealing with another agency too, maybe several. The reasons why we assume this are straightforward: we see remarkably similar chef job specs on the Job-boards of websites of other agencies, the chefs we approach, at least some of them, tell us that they’ve been contacted by other agencies about the job or someone else slips us “the word.”
As Ireland based catering recruitment specialists, with a further specialization in finding Chefs, we made a decision to go for precision in our work and the first swipe we took towards this was when we decided we’d let all those other catering jobs which weren’t chefs stay, uncontested by us, with generalist catering recruitment agencies. We’d just specialize in Chefs and while the road hasn’t been without its bumps from a recruitment perspective we’re very happy to have opted to work only with chefs.
We’ve just blown the budget on Irish Catering Jobs Boards, can you help us?
“Hi, do you have any Chef De Parties, Sous Chefs, Pastry Chefs, Head Chefs (delete as appropriate)?” Even before introducing themselves this is often the first thing we hear from our Irish catering clients. The second thing we often hear is “how much do you charge?” Now we really do know that they’re already down several hundred on Irish job board fees, know they urgently need an agency’s help but hate throwing good money after bad. [Read more…]
The Taboo Subject of Headhunting Chefs in Ireland
Because we’re an Ireland based Catering Recruitment Agency we’re expected to be able to find chefs in Ireland (and further afield too) to order. One less spoken about means of finding chefs is headhunting and speaking from the perspective of being within the recruitment business I hope I can reassure twitchy catering managers that this remains one of the less frequently employed methods of filling holes in a kitchen roster. Even if headhunting didn’t exist, as a recruitment method, the inevitability is that eventually every chef moves on to new challenges and for the most part their decisions to do so are governed by their ambitions and whether they believe these can continue to be gainfully pursued in their current job. When chefs move it’s always because they believe they can do better elsewhere.
Success at finding chefs jobs begins, how….?
Those chefs who are most successful at finding chefs jobs in the catering industry, whether in Dublin or elsewhere in Ireland, are almost always those chefs still employed by a catering business of some description. So how do these chefs manage their job moves? Some use catering recruitment agencies, others hear of opportunities by word of mouth and still others begin by
While we are very much a Catering Recruitment Agency, and position ourselves as such, we belong to a subcategory underneath that umbrella term i.e. Chef Recruitment Agency. From a business perspective there’s a strong argument to be made for general Catering Recruitment Agencies over specialized Chef Recruitment Agencies and we may as well be honest enough to admit it.
Or why we decided to become a Chef Recruitment Agency instead
Firstly there’s volume cost savings to be made on job board advertising costs and sundry other job marketing costs, whether it’s advertising positions in the national press or any of the other platforms used by recruiters. General catering and hospitality recruiters typically have more jobs on at any given time than do specialist chef recruiters.
The other main business advantage general catering recruitment agencies enjoy over specialists