For the first installment of the Harri Tips & Tricks series, #TeamHarri sat down with Christine Black, a member of Harri with a unique perspective.
Christine originally came to Harri as a job seeker and now she's the one doing the hiring. She has decided to share tips and tricks for both job seekers and employers with us. Check out part one of our interview with Christine below where she gives advice to job seekers in the hospitality industry.
How did you find Harri?
I was searching for management opportunities online and I came across a post which led me to Harri. I found a few jobs I wanted to apply for. To be honest, I was hesitant at first. I didn't finish profile. I decided to keep searching on Craigslist but I had no luck so I ended up coming back to Harri.
What made you decide to join?
I needed a job and I wasn't finding anything on Craigslist. I gave Harri a second chance.
"I think it's a testament to the platform...I was hired very quickly because I was able to showcase myself better on Harri than I would with an ordinary resume."
What was your experience as a job seeker like?
It was very good. I wasn't job hunting on the site very long, I ended up landing a job quickly. I was interested in a job but I wasn't able to attend the open call. I used Harri's messaging platform to speak with the prospective employer. We scheduled an interview and then I landed a job at Gigino Trattoria. I think it's a testament to the platform. Even though I wasn't able to attend the open call, I was hired very quickly because I was able to showcase myself better on Harri than I would with an ordinary resume.
What jobs did you get through Harri?
I joined Harri as a bartender but after the discussion with the hiring manager I decided to apply for management positions. I got the job working at Gigino Trattoria.
"Job seekers can showcase more of themselves on Harri than on a resume or cover letter. For employers, they can understand the job seeker better and see if and where they fit into their organization."
Have you told other job seekers about Harri?
Yes I have. I told them that Harri allows prospective employers a better sense of who you are. It actually helps both parties. Job seekers can showcase more of themselves on Harri than on a resume or cover letter. For employers, they can understand the job seeker better and see if and where they fit into their organization.
What advice would you give to job seekers?
I would say the more information they provide on their Harri portfolio, they increase their chances of getting hired. It's true what they say, the "early bird gets the worm". After you apply respond early and often to your prospective employer. Always present yourself as best as you can. Don't be as casual with employers as you would be with say, your friends or coworkers.
If you'd like to work with Christine and the team at Gigino Trattoria, they are currently hiring a Host / Hostess. Interested? Apply here.