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When it comes to looking for a restaurant position, what's actually important? Is it the location, or schedule? Maybe it comes down to the brand reputation the restaurant has. Or maybe all that matters is that your friends work there and like it. We at Snagajob were curious, so we asked over 15,000 of our registered job seekers what they looked for when searching for a restaurant position.

Out of all the responses, over 52 percent of job seekers have searched for a restaurant position and 20 percent of them listed the restaurant industry as their first choice for an occupation.

So what exactly did they say they liked most about restaurant positions? Seventy-seven percent said it was the direct connection with customers which made them interested and 65 percent said it was working 'front of house' positions. When it came to the operations of restaurants, serving and preparing the food at restaurants topped the list.

Sometimes the type of job title isn't necessarily what a job seeker is interested in obtaining, but the benefits that come along with the position.

The top three most important attributes job seekers look for in a position:

  • 83 percent said hours available
  • 78 percent said location
  • 77 percent said pay

Surprisingly, we found that the least important attribute in a position to job seekers was the brand name of the restaurant. However, of those job seekers who did find brand name important, it was 29 percent more important if it was for a fine dining restaurant brand name compared to a QSR brand name.

What does this mean?

When drafting your description, consider going beyond the job title. Catch job seekers' attention by providing details on the responsibilities and benefits of the position, such as the chance to work with guests, and give them the information they're really searching for.

If your company offers flexible scheduling and has a location that's easy to get to or accessible by public transportation, advertise these perks as well. Having this information as part of the job posting can solidify the seeker's interest in applying.

Finally, 75 percent of job seekers looking for a restaurant position listed opportunity for growth and advancement as the reason they voluntarily left their previous restaurant position. Retain your star talent by clearly laying out position expectations and opportunities to move up within your company.

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