Chef Job Descriptions are a necessary evil and one that every catering and hospitality business is using, or should be using. It’s where, and what, they’re used for that, all too often, people trip up on.
Chef Job Description Resources At The Ready
Using Chef Job Descriptions as job marketing, or advertising, copy is a killer and it’s one of the most common, and egregious, errors you can make when it comes to attracting culinary talent. Please don’t use job descriptions to market or advertise your chef jobs.
Top culinary talent doesn’t respond well to job advertisements crammed with definitions, responsibilities, and “must haves.” Attracting Top Chefs, when done right, is a mating/courting ritual and I’ve yet to see anyone successfully seduce anyone else with a job description. Have you? This is ground we’ve raked over before but if it’s fresh to you then do please pop over here for further reading.
Crafting excellent Chef Job advertising copy is a distinct, and very different activity, and skill, from writing Chef Job Descriptions. Got that? Good.
So why am I being such a despot about this? And why now? Simple, because we’re about to let loose some resources to help you write Chef Job Descriptions, and being acutely aware of the evils of these descriptions cropping up where they don’t belong, we’re seized with guilt, before the fact, that we’re about to facilitate yet more more Chef Job Descriptions ending up where they have no business, i.e. In job advertising and marketing copy.
Chef Job Descriptions…What Are They Really For?
So where do job descriptions properly come into the recruitment process?
Answer: Not before job interviews have been conducted! Why? Because the advertising, marketing, and approach phases of a recruitment campaign are, if you are serious about being successful, all about attraction and seduction. That’s what gets everyone to the job interview stage. It’s after the job interview that things, quite rightly, get more serious. This is what top culinary professionals expect from you and this is what you’re really obliged to have for them.
The seduction is over, if they’re at interview you’ve done your job well so far. Just make sure you don’t fall over at this stage. A carefully designed Chef Job Description tell them that you have a handle on what you’re about while giving them a clear understanding of what you’re expecting from them should they end up working for you.
It’s understood that the Chef Job Description forms the core of the contract both parties will be expected to honour. We hope the resources we’re offering will get you started but please remember these resources are not to be used as is, they’ve been designed to help you “get off the mark” and past the “blank page syndrome phase.” Please remember that your business has unique requirements and is subject to laws and regulations specific to your location and even to your market segment. That’s why all job descriptions must be approved by an employment law specialist before being let loose into the wild.
If you’d like to check out some more information on Chef Job Descriptions here’s where you need to begin: Chef Job Description Resources. Best of luck.