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Now Hiring – Resources for Restaurants

We’ve heard from our members that staffing is the number one concern right now for restaurant operators. It’s time to think outside the box on how to tackle this challenge.

WRA offers these resources for employee recruitment and managing a multigenerational workforce with some ideas you may not have thought about before.

We will continue to add information and resources for recruiting—and retaining—great employees.

Let us know of other resources you have found helpful and we’ll add them to this portal.
Email Tracy Kosbau at tkosbau@wirestaurant.org

Job Center of Wisconsin – Take another look!
You’ve most likely heard about this state run online job board and may have used it in the past. Try it out. There are some new features you may not have seen before that will help you target potential employees who are a good fit for the jobs you need to fill.

Check out the search resumes option and labor market information under employers. The Job Center also launched their new internship portal in July, 2017.

People with Disabilities – Success stories in the restaurant industry
We’ve heard some great success stories with this program coming from the restaurant industry. The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation works to place people with disabilities who are able and motivated to work.

Veterans – Help a vet find a great second career
Veterans bring many valuable skills that are transferrable to the civilian workforce. Here are some programs that help veterans find employment after completing their service to our country.

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs – Employer Resources
National Restaurant Association Military Foundation – Military Partnership

Seniors – An often overlooked talent pool
As Baby Boomers reach retirement age, fewer work full-time and some shift to a new line of work. Foodservice may be an attractive job for older workers due to the flexibility the industry offers.

AARP has a job listing services for older adults. Employers can buy a job listing to reach this target market.

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families –
Providing Opportunities for families

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families has several programs focused on helping families get back on their feet. One of those programs is W-2, a time-limited program that provides temporary cash assistance and case management services to low-income parents and pregnant women. W-2 is a work program for adults willing to engage in work activities.

Tech Colleges –
Find students with culinary and hospitality management skills

Seventeen post-secondary schools in Wisconsin offer culinary and/or hospitality programs.

Inspiring Students – Plant the seeds for the future
We know all the great career opportunities the restaurant industry offers, but the next generation may not. These programs promote the foodservice industry to young people as a career option.

Now Hiring Signs
We've created some spiffy & fun "Now Hiring" signs for restaurants to use for employee recruitment. Check them out!

Job Boards and More
Check out these job boards and services – many specialize in foodservice employment.

Unique Local Programs
There are many local programs around the state that seek to provide career opportunities in the restaurant industry for targeted populations.

Other Useful Tools
WRA and NRA have developed some useful tools for restaurant operators.

Compensation ladder from NRA (PDF)
Interview guidelines for employers (PDF)

Restaurant Industry Background and Stats
Get a little context with this background information and these industry stats.

Background on Restaurant Industry Careers
Restaurant Industry Stats

Restaurant Staffing Shortage in the News
The tight labor market, particularly in the restaurant industry, has been a popular topic for news media and trade publications.

Best Practices for Employee Recruitment
Just about every business has been affected by the labor shortage. It makes sense to look at what other foodservice operators have found successful for hiring and retaining staff.

Hiring and Managing a Multigenerational Workforce
There is no shortage of articles and expert advice on hiring and managing a multigenerational workforce. We’ve included a few interesting articles on the topic.



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