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6 Ways To Find the Best Restaurant Jobs

You just graduated college, yay! You’ve even had a month and some change to enjoy freedom. Sweet, sweet freedom. Tastes … so … much … like RAMEN. Lots and lots of cheap noodles. Because, the truth is, you need a J-O-B. The good news is restaurant job growth is projected to** employ 13.5 million people. […]

You just graduated college, yay! You’ve even had a month and some change to enjoy freedom. Sweet, sweet freedom. Tastes … so … much … like RAMEN. Lots and lots of cheap noodles. Because, the truth is, you need a J-O-B.

The good news is restaurant job growth is projected to** employ 13.5 million people. **That’s about 1 in 10 working Americans.

If you’ve got the personality, the patience and want to learn a lot in a high-speed environment – we’ve got a few tips that could help you find the best restaurant jobs out there.

1. Figure Out What You’re Good At

No one likes rejection. So** **before you embark on you search, set yourself up for success. Think about what you’re good at, write it down and narrow down your choices so you can focus on only those jobs that you’re likely to get.

Do you love people? Are you detail oriented? Then a server is probably the right fit. If your goal is to be a line cook, but the only thing you’ve cooked is macaroni … maybe it’s worth reassessing your own skillset. Bottom line: be honest about your strengths and only apply for jobs where you can use them.

2. Use Your Personal Connections

It’s easier to get your foot in the door if you know someone that can refer you to the restaurant manager. In fact, according to a recent Jobvite survey, four in ten job seekers have found their “favorite or best” job through personal connections. Ask co-workers, friends and family members for a job referral or a potential reference if you’re already in the running to get the job.

3. Use Your Social Networks

Social media has made it easier than ever to find job opportunities and connect with the restaurants. In fact, 14.4 million job seekers in the U.S. have used social media to search for a job.

Reach out to your connections on an individual level or send a post out into the world asking people if they know of any jobs that are available.

Recruiters are watching too. Post relevant industry articles on Facebook and set them to “public” to get their attention.

4. Put Effort Into Your Online Persona

Whether we like it or not, how we portray ourselves on social networking sites has a direct effect on how people perceive us. According to Jobvite’s 2013 Social Recruiting Results, 93 percent of recruiters are likely to look at a candidate’s social profile and 78 percent of recruiters have hired through a social network. They’re searching Google, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to get a sense of who you are and how you’d fit into the company.

But what about the booze, you ask? Don’t worry; recruiters care less about references of alcohol use and more about your grammar and punctuation. So you can keep the Jameson flowing after hours and even online, just make sure you have the spellcheck on.

5. Find the “Careers” Page

Many restaurants have stepped into the digital world with software solutions like GoHire and now prefer applicants to apply online. Search for a restaurant Website and see if they have a career page. After applying, call the manager during off-peak hours and let him/her know that you are interested in learning more about the job.** **

6. Take Your Search Mobile

If you can’t find the careers page or the restaurant doesn’t have an online application process, go old school with a side of tech. Use your smartphone to find restaurants near you. Carve out some time to walk-in during off-peak hours and ask to speak with the manager about any available positions.

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