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The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Restaurant Employees

What 5000 applicants told us about staffing the food industry

“He understood, and taught me, that a guy who shows up every day on time, never calls in sick, and does what he said he was going to do, is less likely to f*** you in the end than a guy who has an incredible resume but is less than reliable about arrival time. Skills can be taught. Character you either have or don't have.” ― Anthony Bourdain

Restaurateurs and anyone in the hospitality business feels this quote. We’ve been burned before, and not just while lighting the burner with your trusty lighter. This is why we at Clock’d looked at the data we collected from over 5000 applications in our industry (jobs for bars, restaurants, taverns, hotels, super clubs, private clubs, catering, and pop up venues).

Feeling the pain is one thing. Seeing quantifiable reasons behind hiring pains is an entirely different emotion. Now we have logic to back up the frustration and red numbers that aid our insomnia.

Lucky for us, your trusted dedicated recruiter for the food and hospitality business, our numbers look good. Very good. We’re helping business owners like you save much-needed time and even more-necessary cash by taking a lot of turnover off your table.

Need a number? We’ll give you a teaser. 65% of interviews are “ghosted” without Clock’d. But there’s more information than that to know. So much more.

If you want to stay on top of the hiring trends affecting our industry, we strongly suggest you take a look at our 2023 Hiring Report. You might even feel empowered knowing the numbers.


At Clock'd we look forward to helping you hire loyal staff while offering our expert advice, best practices, and guidance whenever you're ready. Why wait? Schedule a consultation 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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