Using a Recruiter Directory to Help You With Your Job Search

By: Corey Rozon

Are you hoping to find a restaurant job, but don't know how to start looking? Thanks to the Internet, finding a restaurant job is now an amazingly simple task to complete. Maybe you would like to become a chef or are looking for a restaurant job in Toronto, whatever you may want to do; the Internet is a great tool to conduct your research. Research on a potential employer is still a critical part of any successful job search. Jobseekers should make it their priority to learn as much as possible about potential employers and the industry they represent.

Although it sounds pretty straightforward, as you may already know there are many distractions floating around on the internet. It's like being handed an unlimited satellite television with an extensive music and video collection, packaged into a gaming system, crammed with every book ever written, and then being asked to just look for a job. In order to stay focused I have developed six steps that may help you when you begin to do your research on the Internet and help you get that restaurant job:

Develop a Research Strategy
Develop a plan before you begin looking for information by deciding in advance how much time you are willing to invest researching a particular topic. Your topic will influence where to look on the Internet, whether it's searching newsgroups, blogs, company websites or job boards. Knowing roughly where your information might be found will assist you in developing your plan.

Set Realistic Goals
Goals will ensure you stay on track and should be specific, such as "spending 2 hours a day researching employers who are looking for bartender or chef jobs" as opposed to the goal being "searching for a job on the Internet today".

Keep Records
As you research potential employers you will collect a lot of information. By organizing the information you want to keep and discarding that which has little or no immediate value, you will be better prepared when it comes time to responding to emails from employers that you are interested in.

Remain Focused
Stay focused on your research goal and if you stumble across an interesting unrelated website, bookmark it and come back to it later. If not, before you know it you've lost track of what you wanted to accomplish, and have spent the last hour watching funny videos.

Visit the Restaurant

Sometimes, if you are lucky, the hiring manager may interview you the moment you drop off your resume or fill out an application. So be prepared and make sure you are properly dressed. In order to get some face time with a manager you will want to make sure you don't show up during a rush. Try to visit the restaurant around 10am during the week to beat the lunch rush and before 3:30pm on weekdays to beat the dinner rush. On weekends many restaurants will have a breakfast or brunch rush so you will have to do some research if you plan on visiting the restaurant on the weekend.

Use a Search Firm
If you become overwhelmed with the amount of information available, there are also plenty of headhunters and executive recruiters that will assist you in matching your skills with a company that is looking to fill a vacancy.

Sounds easy?

Well remember with the ease of using the Internet to search for restaurant jobs you must keep in mind that to conduct an effective job search using only the Internet is almost an unrealistic expectation. You still will need to apply, attend the interview and acquire any certification that is required. All of which will require research on your part.

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