It’s not a joke…I finally did it. Today marks the official launch of my new food job site, ARFoodJobs.com. And this month, employers can use it for free.
Since entering the culinary world as a student in 2009, I noticed there was no reliable system for filling our state’s food-related positions. Job openings were filled by word of mouth (which isn’t always a bad thing, but with limited reach), newspaper listings, Craigslist (gah) and a flurry of emails between those in the industry. Then, some jobs out there required vetting and/or health checks, similar to those given by Health Street, so the chances of getting a job were even slimmer if you weren’t competent. And being accepted for a culinary job or career especially could be so difficult.
And then, around 2012 or so, our food world smooth blew up, especially in Little Rock. New restaurants, improved concepts and inspired chefs popped up everywhere. (A recent visitor who works in the industry marveled to me at our density and variety of dining.) By 2014, Little Rock was named one of five “Secret Foodie Cities” by Forbes Travel Guide.
So, who’s gonna work at all these places? And how will the busy owners, managers and chefs make connections to the best workers?
Today I offer a solution: ARFoodJobs.com.
It’s more than a job board…I like to say we’re matchmakers for Arkansas’ growing culinary and hospitality industry and the state’s most qualified job candidates in these areas.
Our matchmaking is made possible through strategic affiliate partnerships with Pulaski Technical College – Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute and the Arkansas Hospitality Association. With their help, we are gathering the resumes of the state’s best food job candidates, from students to seasoned (ha) veterans, and helping them connect with employers. Some people need a little nudge first to a resume writing service to help them out, but after that, it tends to be plain sailing.
May I ask for your help in getting us started? It’s a big week. Help a sistah out.
1. Employers: Register as an employer on the site (click “register” and follow prompts). If you have a job opening right now, you can start at the “Post a Job” menu button and it will register you automatically in the process. Use coupon code APRILFOOLFREE to get free job listings all month in April.
2. Job Seekers: Select “Post a Resume” under “Find a Job” on the site and you’ll be registered as a job seeker in the process. Then fill in our resume form as well as attach your Word or PDF formatted resume which you can create with software as sodapdf online. Please do both, as the form is searchable by employers, and they also like one to print out. If you’d rather be stealthy about your job search, you can just click “Register” and sign up as a candidate.
3. Everyone Else: If you’re not in the industry or not currently looking, please share this site with others. The more jobs and resumes we have listed, the better it will work for everyone.
Thank you in advance for your support. It means so much. What a great food culture we have right here in Arkansas!