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Restaurant hiring gets digital

May 9, 2017

The latest websites specifically target the restaurant industry’s hiring and employee management needs

When it comes to finding work in the restaurant industry, many job seekers still rely on paper resumes or broad-reaching websites like Craigslist, Snagajob and Monster. 

A growing wave of technology companies specifically targeting the restaurant industry hopes to change the way operators find and hire new workers.

Harri, Culinary Agents, GrubJobs, Industry and are some of the growing sites. They serve as digital matchmakers, helping restaurants find candidates who are serious about foodservice careers, not just warm bodies willing to fill open slots. 

Such sites also help restaurant managers track and screen candidates, and build a talent pool that can be tapped as hiring needs arise. And some, like Harri, are evolving into talent management solutions that go beyond hiring. 

At a time when restaurants are struggling to find qualified workers, these sites are helping managers sift through the chaff to put the right worker in the right job, a key factor in reducing high turnoverrates. 

In February, Berlin, Conn.-based GrubJobs launched free job postings for employers across the country, said founder and CEO John Cangir. 

Coming soon are upsell features that employers will be asked to pay for, like performing reference checks or certifying workers for certain types of training. 

In coming weeks, GrubJobs will launch a digital resume drop-off service that Cangir said will simulate the real-life experience of leaving paper resumes at restaurants. If restaurants don’t have an immediate opening, job seekers can still send their resumes for future consideration. 

“When job openings happen, it’s usually without warning,” Cangir said. “Restaurants will be able to look at their pool of resumes and directly reach out to people without waiting for them to apply.” 

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