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Demystifying the Role of a Restaurant Recruiter

The Integral Function of Clock'd

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Restaurants are complex organisms, an exquisite blend of culinary creativity, management prowess, customer service, and efficient logistics. Every single ingredient, every single facet you see in a restaurant, is carefully selected to create a seamless and delightful experience for you. But, have you ever wondered how the people behind the restaurant operations find their way into these culinary fortresses? This is where the role of a restaurant recruiter takes center stage.

What is a Restaurant Recruiter?

A restaurant recruiter, in its simplest terms, is a matchmaker. But instead of setting up romantic rendezvous, they pair skilled individuals with restaurant positions that need their expertise. These can range from hourly workers — such as line cooks, servers, and dishwashers — to management staff who oversee the restaurant's day-to-day operations.

According to a report from the National Restaurant Association (2020), the restaurant industry in the U.S. employs approximately 15.6 million people. By 2030, this number is projected to grow to over 17 million. The challenge of finding the right fit for every one of these positions is colossal, and it's precisely the problem that a restaurant recruiter solves.

How Does Clock'd Revolutionize Restaurant Recruitment?

Clock'd is not your ordinary recruitment agency. We understand the industry's needs and have crafted a unique solution that empowers both employers and job seekers. Our platform offers a dual-edged sword, effectively catering to the hiring needs for both hourly and manager candidates.

One of the most significant advantages that Clock'd brings to the table is speed. Traditionally, it could take up to 42 days to fill a restaurant position, according to a report by Glassdoor (2017). But with Clock'd, that time can be reduced significantly. Our platform's streamlined process through the in-house applicant tracking system, SEEN, and vast network of professionals make the time-to-hire nearly 2x faster with an average time to hire of 15-21 days; a critical advantage in an industry where employee turnover rates can hover around 75% (according to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019).

Another standout feature of Clock'd is precision. By leveraging a comprehensive understanding of the restaurant industry, Clock'd can match job seekers with positions that fit their skills, experience, and interests. It increases employee satisfaction and retention rates, ultimately boosting the restaurant's bottom line.

Finally, let's talk about accessibility. Clock'd has democratised the recruitment process by making it accessible to all types of restaurants, from small independent food carts to large chains. In an industry where, according to a survey by Toast (2019), 51% of restaurant owners named hiring, training, and retention of staff as their top challenge, a solution like Clock'd is not just helpful, it's essential.

The Future is Clock'd

The restaurant industry is a vast, dynamic, and demanding sector. The need for skilled, dedicated, and passionate individuals is constant, and the role of a restaurant recruiter in fulfilling this need cannot be overstated. Clock'd has taken this vital function and enhanced it with speed, precision, and accessibility. They've created a future where the right person in the right restaurant job is not a matter of chance, but a certainty. And that, dear readers, is a future we can all look forward to.


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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