When you’re looking to hire new employees, there are a number of ways you can advertise and list a job opening at your restaurant or hotel. Advertising job openings isn’t just about getting the word out - it’s about attracting the right kind of people to work with you - people who complement your current staff and help your restaurant or hotel reach its potential.
Follow the tips below to ensure your job listings will land you the employees you’re looking for:
Ask for input
First things first: in order to find the right employees, you need to know what skills, traits and personalities work best within in your business. While you probably have a pretty good idea from looking at your current staff, it’s always a good idea to take the time to gather some feedback from your teams so you can develop the best profiles possible.
Starting an open conversation with your current staff will help them understand your motivations. Be clear that you’re asking for help determining the broader team’s needs so that everyone can be better supported. This will help avoid any suspicions or gossip about hiring within your business.
When you’ve gathered the relevant information from your teams, take the time to sift through the feedback and determine what’s most important in developing your new job listings. When you have the best of all the responses, you’ll have a perfect starting point for writing your open position descriptions.
Write a killer job description
In theory, writing a job description is a simple task: outline the key tasks of the position, list the qualifications, and you’re done, right? Not so fast - while this is one way to develop a job description, you’ll have more luck finding better candidates if you create your listings in a more thoughtful way.
First, be sure you appropriately incorporate the feedback you gathered in the previous step. Finding someone who fits your culture - as well as your needs - is one of the most important things you can do for your business. To do this, outline the tasks and qualifications in a way that shows the personality of your organization, highlighting the strengths of your team and any of the social or cultural activities that make your company unique.
When you’re finished writing the description, it’s a good idea to double-check it with your staff. Ask them if it represents the job accurately, and if it captures the spirit and culture of your workplace. And lastly, ask them if they’d be likely to respond to the ad if they saw it out in the world.
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Be smart about where you post
When you’ve finished these two steps, it’s time to post your ad. Finding the right places to list your job opening is one of the most important things you can do to find the right employees. Not to mention, finding the right places - not just any place - will help ensure your job search is efficient and that you don’t waste your time with the wrong applicants.
There are lots of free places to list your job opening. Obviously, your own web site is a great place to start. People who enjoy your restaurant and respect your work may find your openings and be the first to apply. Craigslist, which allows you to post listings for free in your city, is one tried-and-true, mass level posting space that allows you to categorize your job opening within restaurants and hospitality. H Careers and SimplyHired are two other sites that also allow you to post jobs openings to large communities for free.
Some of these sites also offer paid support when you’re advertising an open job. In some cases, it might be more efficient and effective for you to pay the nominal fee to get your listings in front of more of the right, qualified candidates. This way, your team doesn’t have to waste precious time vetting and interviewing people who don’t fit the bill. Paying for better placement and with specific qualifications, so you can hire right the first time - and more importantly, spend time running your business.
Advertising and listing your job openings will be a really important piece of your hiring cycle, and following these steps will ensure you’re making the best hiring decisions and building a strong team.