Do not just walk up to a table and say “What openings do you have?” A Food Recruiter is not looking for a jack of all trades that will take what they can get. They want a specialist that will add value to the team and immediately start moving the company toward its ultimate goals. Do your research about the restaurants before you go to the job fair. Find out which restaurants are going to be in attendance and what openings that they have in their roster. Then speak directly about the opening and why you would be the best person for the job.
Notice that several of these have a second question at the end – “Why?” You should be prepared to include “why” for all your answers so you can show that your skills match the job.
The point is that we’re doing everything faster today – everything and this includes forming first impressions. If you’re a professional sales representative and focused on growing your business it probably requires selling to new sales prospects.
“Forty is definitely more significant than any other age,” says Christopher Stack, executive vice president of a New York food executive recruiters. He believes most of the significance is self-imposed.
Dress for success. I wish I could remember who said this, but I can’t, so I’ll tell you anyway. “When it comes to clothes, buy half as much and spend twice as much.” Clothes may not make the man, but they certainly add to a good first impression. Shoes must be polished including the heels which can get beaten up with all the driving you do.
What makes good recruiting software? This depends on the recruiter or recruiting firm and their business model. There are a number of good recruiting software packages but fundamentally the software must be extremely easy to use, it has to focus on the execution of the client or applicant call and it has to gather information through, what I like to call, the natural process of recruiting. If the software gathers information naturally and easily it will feed into the critical element of recruiting, marketing!
This is my favorite benefit. I get great satisfaction from knowing that I have brightened someone else’s life. I had an executive come up to me after one of my humor seminars and say, ‘You opened up a whole new world for me.’ I almost cried right on the spot. I’ll never forget it.