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Best Practices for Using Applicant Tracking Software in the Restaurant Industry

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) can help quickly and easily staff your restaurant with the right people. Here are our top three best practices for using ATS like SEEN by Clock’d in the restaurant industry:

1. Consider Your Process

It’s important to establish who is involved in the hiring process. Who is going to be responsible for creating the job descriptions and posting them? Who interviews front of house positions? Back of house? Who gets the final say? You can then invite the appropriate managers to manage your candidates once this is clarified.

2. Be Specific About Your Needs

Before starting your search for the perfect employees, it is important to know exactly what you are looking for. Take the time to create detailed job descriptions that outline the required skills, experience, and credentials for each position. This will allow you to quickly identify the most qualified candidates. Job descriptions can be stored in SEEN to access and update at any time.

3. Open Communication

Once you have your job descriptions you’re ready to post open positions on your website’s career page (which comes with SEEN) and to any online job boards of your choosing. You can also respond to applicants, schedule interviews, and Decline, Hold, or Hire applicants with a tap of the button. In this day and age, applicants expect quick responses. SEEN makes that critical communication easy.


Follow these best practices with ATS like SEEN, and you’ll staff your restaurant with little effort. Utilizing this powerful tool in your search for ideal kitchen staff can keep money in your pocket, and your time back in your business. Start your 7 day free trial of SEEN today!


Marc LaPierre is a 10-year veteran of the food and hospitality industry, Certified Staffing Professional, and CEO/Founder of Clock’d + SEEN. From cooking in James Beard award-winning kitchens to opening and managing a nightclub in Mexico, he worked every job in the industry. Today he connects professionals looking to advance their careers with clients eager to find an all-star team.


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