High Projections for Restaurant Job Growth in 2016


Restaurant job growth is projected to outpace the overall economy in 2016, and the industry will add more than 300,000 jobs for the sixth consecutive calendar year, according to the NRA’s Chief Economist Bruce Grindy. His Economist’s Notebookcommentary and analysis appears regularly on Restaurant.org and Restaurant TrendMapper.

The restaurant industry continues to be one of the strongest job creators in the economy, with industry job growth outpacing the overall economy for the 16th consecutive year in 2015. Eating and drinking places, the primary component of the restaurant industry accounting for three-fourths of the total restaurant and foodservice workforce, added jobs at a 3.2 percent rate in 2015. This was more than a full percentage point above the 2.1 percent gain in total U.S. employment.


The industry’s 2015 gain marked the fourth consecutive year with job growth of at least 3 percent, the longest streak since the mid-1980s. With job growth outstripping the overall economy in each of the last 16 years, the eating-and-drinking-place sector saw its employment level jump by 38 percent. In contrast, the total number of jobs in the economy increased by only 10 percent during the same period.

Within the industry, job growth remained broad-based in 2015, with most of the major segments posting solid gains. The snack-and-nonalcoholic-beverage-bar segment – which includes concepts like coffee, doughnut and ice cream shops – led the way with a robust 6.5 percent employment gain in 2015, the fourth consecutive year with growth above 5 percent.

The quickservice segment added jobs at a 3.4 percent rate in 2015, while the tableservice segment expanded payrolls at a 3.3 percent pace.

Looking ahead, the NRA expects eating and drinking places to add jobs at a 3.0 percent rate in 2016, which will represent the fifth consecutive year in which the restaurant industry registered job growth of at least 3 percent. In comparison, the overall economy hasn’t posted job growth of 3 percent since 1994.


The projected 2016 increase will also represent the sixth consecutive calendar year in which restaurants added more than 300,000 jobs.

For the national labor market, 2015 was the strongest year yet in the aftermath of the Great Recession. The national economy added a net 2.9 million jobs on an annual basis in 2015, and the 2.1 percent employment increase was the strongest gain in 15 years.

Although the economy is expected to build on 2015’s positive performance, growth will likely be somewhat slower in 2016. The NRA projects total U.S. employment to increase 1.8 percent in 2016, down slightly from the 2.1 percent gain posted in 2015.

(via National Restaurant Association)

How to Attract Great Candidates


"How do I attract and hire the best people?" is a very common question among hospitality HR professionals.

Finding the perfect talent can be challenging and may take some time. Here are some ways you can attract the best of the best:

#1: Recruit based on attitude, instead of skills.

When hiring, look for candidates that have a good personality, rather than exceptional skill. It's actually harder to teach a person how to be personable than to teach someone technical skills. Consider hiring a person that is willing to start at a lower position, who you could then train him/her for a greater role within the company. That way, he/she can see that there is opportunity to grow career-wise and see their work being valued in the business.


#2: Find candidates by networking.

Don't limit yourself to just those who applied to your job post. Search elsewhere and through other means, like using our Search and Connect feature. You're bound to find other great candidates that meet your requirements within our vast network of 180,000+ users. Add members to your Talent Pool and invite them to submit their applications.

#3: Promote from within the company.

During the recruitment process, inform candidates that your business looks to promote entry-level staffers to higher positions. That way, job seekers know that their efforts put in the company will be rewarded. In addition, this strategy will keep employees motivated to work harder.

#4: Company culture is essential.

Attract candidates with the amazing company culture that you've built. Express that your company is a great workplace, and provide supportive words like how everybody is a team player and the business appreciates and listens to the feedback from staff.

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Romantic Hotspots That Are Hiring in NYC & LA

Valentine's Day is a huge business day for the restaurant and hospitality industry. According to the National Restaurant Association, it ranks as the second most popular dining holiday of the year, trailing just behind Mother's Day. Nearly 25% of Americans are expected to eat out this upcoming weekend. Here are some romantic hotspots from both the East and West Coast that are holding Valentine's Day events, and are hiring at the moment:




Italian food is a Valentine's Day favorite for couples, so Locanda Verde will surely be a crowdpleaser. The TriBeCa Italian restaurant, founded by famed actor Robert DeNiro and NYC restauranteur Andrew Carmellini, is offering a $95 three-course prix fixe menu for Sunday. Guests will be treated to delights like, terrina di foie gras, porchetta and more.

Locanda Verde is currently staffing for several front-of-house and back-of-house positions, including Host/Hostess, Bartender, Line Cook and others.



Narcissa, an inviting and romantic space adjacent to The Standard East Village, is a great NYC venue for Valentine's Day dinner. Executive Chef John Fraser, Chef de Cuisine Cruz Goler and Pastry Chef Deborah Racicot will be leading the kitchen on the Valentine's Day evening service, where diners can enjoy a fresh and seasonal, farm-to-table three dish meal for $85.

Apply to become a part of Narcissa's BOH team – Line Cook, Pastry Cook, Sous Chef and Overnight Cook.




French cuisine is an excellent choice for Valentine's Day. Couples in LA looking for a lovely French meal will not be disappointed with Terrine, a brasserie located on Beverly Grove. Chef Kris Morningstar will be dishing out French classics like, lobster tian and chocolate terrine, throughout the day.

Take a look at Terrine's job openings for Reservationist, Dishwasher/Porter and Line Cook.



If you want to impress your significant other with an unforgettable dining experience, look no further than Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air. Head Chef Hugo Bolanos crafted special Valentine's Day brunch and dinner menus, which feature Dover Sole, sea bass, chocolate whiskey cake and more, for the occasion.

Interested in working at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air? They're looking to hire a Host/Hostess, Busser, Executive Sous Chef and more.



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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Lie in a Job Interview

George Washington never told a lie, and it's a good practice to keep in mind during a job interview. Honesty is a key trait that employers look for in employees. Here are reasons why you should only speak the truth when meeting with a hiring manager:

#1: Background checks may come back to hurt to you.

Employers will check up on you after the initial interview. They may possibly contact your previous employers and references. You definitely do not want to be caught lying about your professional history. Instead be honest, and explain any past situations if asked.


#2: You won't do well on the job.

Let's say you do get the job. If you were hired based on the skills you don't actually have, it's only a matter of time before your employer will know the truth. You won't be able to accomplish anything at work, and it can lead to termination. Be as truthful as possible when discussing your abilities. If you believe you are weak in one area, talk about how you would like additional training in order to strengthen your weaknesses.

#3: Dishonesty ruins your reputation.

Dishonesty not only hurts your current situation, it won't be good for you in the future either. Word travels fast in the restaurant and hospitality circle; the industry is small and hiring managers are very well connected. It's not a good idea to leave him/her with a bad experience.

Remember, honesty is the best policy! Mark Twain even once said, "If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything."



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How to Ask Someone for a Job Reference


Professional job references are essential when looking for a new job. Not only are they great additions to your Harri profile, they will boost your job search efforts by having trusted recommendations. There is a proper etiquette for asking and receiving references.

#1: Ask beforehand.

Be mindful that the person you are asking to vouch for you as a professional may be busy, so ask beforehand. That doesn't mean just the day prior. You should find possible references way in advance, even before your actual job hunt.


#2: Be sure to have options.

There is no guarantee that your first choice can provide you a reference, so gather at least three other names. Remember to get permission from all of them first before you put them down on your profile/job application. In addition, don't forget to choose wisely of who you want as your reference. It is common for previous employers, former colleagues, etc. to be your references. Try your best to select those you know will most likely give you a positive recommendation.

#3: Record information and details accurately.

Make sure you take down your references' full names, contact information, as well as titles, without mistakes. Do stay in contact with your reference via email, phone or through a professional network, especially during the job hunt.

#4: Thank and follow up with your references.

After your reference agrees to help you, send them a thank you note. The best way to do so is with a handwritten card, but a sincere email is also acceptable. Update them on the outcome, as they would be interested on the status too. Following up is a way you can maintain a long-term relationship with your reference.



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