Marshall-Alan Associates: Want to Work as a Food and Beverage Recruiter?

Are you interested in a career in the food and beverage industry? An individual looking for a career in culinary, food distribution, or any other food related service needs to be on the top of the list for recruiters in the area, showing up high in results for executive search firms seeking qualified applicants.  Landing a career as a food and beverage recruiter can be a great advancement.

If you have worked for any amount of time in the food service industry, you know that finding qualified food and beverage connections with others within the industry is key. Becoming a food and beverage recruiter demands focus, attention to detail, and the ability to act quickly when opportunity presents itself.

Recruitment can be an excellent way for restaurants, clubs and hotels to secure quality employees, and for individuals to find the right company to showcase their skill set. If you are a recruiter looking for students or if you are someone interested in working within the food industry it is important to look at a number of different sources prior to making a decision.

In the rapidly changing economy, one of the biggest areas of industry growth is job placement. While “recruitment” used to be an area primarily controlled by the medical, energy and corporate fields,  today the food and beverage industry (along with its ties to the hotel and restaurant businesses) are using recruitment services more and more heavily to find qualified employees.

Food service recruiting is all about connecting qualified job candidates with the right employer. When a recruiter finds a potential candidate, they first focus on helping the candidate polish their resume. Then they coach them for the job interview. Finally, they help negotiate on the prospect’s behalf to ensure they get a reasonable offer.
Food and beverage recruiters receive a commission for each successful candidate they place. The commission is paid by the employer once the candidate has officially started working. Food service recruiters may work as part of a larger recruiting firm, sharing their commissions but having access to a wider pool of leads,  or be solo operators who retain 100% of their fees but have to hustle harder top place candidates in prime spots.

Benefits of being in the food service recruitment business can include:

1. Flexible hours
2. Ability to telecommute in some cases
3. Very high commissions

Drawbacks of being a food service recruiter are few, but non dedicated people may find they aren’t prepared to give up a weekly salary to work on commission. Having enough savings to weather a few months is a good plan, especially if you expect there to be a learning curve or if you are going solo and need time to build up contacts in the field. Don’t forget – national and global chains are the biggest clients for food service recruitment, and pay the highest placement fees.  Also, the hotel sector as a place to find both jobs and candidates, as the hotel and restaurant industries often overlap.

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