If you need to hire staff for your growing food business. Or, you want to find your dream job in the food and beverage industry, you might be tempted to reach for the low-hanging fruit—in this case, Craigslist.
While the original juggernaut job searching website has amassed a huge viewership that reaches many people in certain geographic areas, there is a whole world of job posting websites beyond Craigslist.
Here are some food industry-specific job sites that are connecting foodservice businesses and artisan food startups with applicants seeking careers, or gigs, in the food industry:
FoodForce is the leading industry-specific job board where you can search junior to mid-level roles at global food companies of all sizes. Here, you'll be able to find positions as far-flung as a summer intern to a production manager for a global brand. If you peruse the site, you'll probably recognize the names of some natural and specialty food companies. This is a good place to start your search.
Poached focuses on hospitality jobs for bartenders, baristas, hotel food staff, restaurant workers, and management. The site is an easy-to-manage staffing solution that provides owners and hiring managers with a unique “flip book” functionality that makes it easy to view, rate, and file resumes so employers can quickly get to the most qualified potential employees in the fastest, most efficient way possible.
Proven is another restaurant and hospitality-focused job posting site that allows you to share your job posts on your social media accounts because they know many job seekers begin their search on social media. Job seekers on Proven can post jobs directly to the social media accounts of the company's where they most want to work.
Good Food Jobs
Good Food Jobs is a gastro-job search tool, designed to link people looking for meaningful food work with the businesses across the U.S. They post opportunities with farmers and food artisans, policy makers and purveyors, retailers and restaurateurs, economists, and ecologists. Job postings are diverse and range from a farm and education manager position in the state of Washington to a program officer post with a philanthropic food organization in New York City.
SiftGig is an excellent restaurant and bartending job postings website. The idea behind the site is to help establishments tap into qualified people who are willing to fill in and work shifts for staffed employees. It is a smart and easy way for hourly workers and businesses to connect. A very meta site, you either click on the "I Want to Work" or the "I'm a Business" button.
The above websites tend to focus on the new movement of "good food" manufacturing—a manufacturing practice that is committed to food safety within the food business—as well as trendy eateries, hip bars, organic farming, sustainability, and the slow food movement.