Looking for a job can be stressful at the best of times. It’s time consuming and there are so many decisions and requirements to consider, not to mention the research that goes into finding a reliable employer. Working with a chef employment agency can take that stress away and make your search much easier. Not only will they help you find the perfect job and employer, but they will keep your best interests in mind – so you can spend your time doing what you do best … cooking!
Not all agencies are created equal though, so it’s important to find one that is reputable and will work for you. Here’s our list of what you should look for in a great chef employment agency:
Getting paid for every hour you work
This one is pretty obvious. A great agency will always pay you for the hours you have worked, and at the standard award rate or above.
A reputable agency will have standard policies in place to protect you. They will ensure clients follow strict procedures. For example: the amount of notice required prior to cancelling a job, when a chef gets paid, and the minimum number of shift times required.
A great reputation
An excellent chef employment agency will be well-known within the Industry. Read their Facebook and Google reviews to see what previous employees and clients have said; and to see if they do a great job.
Compatibility and variety
To ensure you get the type of work you want, make sure you check an agency’s website and social media accounts. This will help you determine if they are working with the calibre of food businesses you want to work with. You should also be able to see if they have a large variety of work so that you can work at a range of different and exciting venues and events.
Knowledge and experience
A great chef employment agency will always be knowledgeable and understand the business. For example, at I Need a Chef all our staff, including the recruiters/allocators, are ex-chefs or hospitality professionals – this ensures we understand all the aspects of working in this exciting industry and are here to help you be the best you can, with the minimum of fuss.
That said, it’s important to remember that agency work is seasonal in nature and some times of the year are much busier than others. For this reason, work cannot always be guaranteed. The longer you work with an agency, the more you’ll build up a rapport with them and their clients, and are likely to receive more job offers in the future. Good luck!