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
searching the web when the time comes.
Catering recruitment agencies as “bush telegraph” of chefs jobs
Catering recruitment agencies, we would argue, especially chef recruitment agencies can become part of that word of mouth method of finding chefs jobs too. Those chefs who think ahead and register their resume/CV with a good agency, ahead of time, aren’t signaling disloyalty to their current employers. What they’re doing is simply expanding their career network in one simple move by allowing their agent to network. on their behalf. So what’s the downside to doing this for a chef? We would argue that there isn’t any downside but there may be chefs who, for their own reasons, would rather not hear from an agent about chefs jobs which might both interest them, be a good match for their skills, ambition and abilities while offering a path for professional advancement.
Contingency catering recruiting vs proactive talent marketing
That’s ok, such chefs shouldn’t send their resumes to recruitment agents, but what about everyone else? What percentage of Chefs have really given this any thought? I’d wager the answer is quite few and here’s why: as a specialist chef catering recruitment agency we probably enjoy higher levels of trust than those agencies who recruit any sort of staff, for the hospitality sector, and yet 90% of resumes we receive still fall into the category of “contingency” i.e. chefs who need to find a new job now. Some of these are in employment but need a move in the near future and some of them already find themsleves unemployed. This isn’t ideal, either for us or for the candidate, because neediness is something which communicates itself to hiring managers and in the process lowers the perceived value of the candidate. So mark this down as a win for “talent marketing.”
A downside to sending us your resume/cv?
Our advice to Chefs, especially those who are happily employed, is to send us your Resume/CV today because leaving things to the last minute, especially in a jobs market like this one, is a recipe for disaster. And the price to you is? Nothing more than the time it takes to construct a CV, it needn’t be long (either the CV or the time you spend working on it), and sending it into us. What’s the worst that can happen? Probably nothing more than a phone call from us once or twice a year.