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Hire Line Cooks

Hiring a line cook (also known as station chef or chef de partie) is a constant activity for most restaurants. In 2019, a majority of restaurant owners and managers claimed hiring and retaining their staff as their top operational challenge. Finding a great line cook, often the most important member of the kitchen, can be a challenge even during periods of high unemployment.

How to hire line cooks more efficiently

Be clear about the specialization your restaurant location needs from a line cook. Too often, job postings are generalized and applicants can be completely wrong for the task in the kitchen. It doesn’t matter if the incoming line cook has 8 years of experience if that was at an italian restaurant while you’re in fine seafood. Since you expect line cooks to come in with amazing recipes that they have time-tested, the most specific you can get in your listings, the faster the hires will be.

Pay attention to your reputation

The restaurant industry is a small space and word of bad bosses and poor working conditions gets around. While you are looking into the line cook’s history (does he have a new gig every few months? Does she have good references still in the industry?), rest assured they are asking around their circles to learn about your establishment. As many chefs say, it all boils down to respect. The best line cooks won’t work for a restaurant that doesn’t come highly recommended by their peers.

Offer competitive salaries

Check other local listings to see how much they are offering line cooks in your area. Typically, fairly experienced line cooks can earn around $15 to $25 an hour. If they are expected to manage the kitchen, you can offer 10 to 15% more as well. With tips, line cooks can make a good yearly salary and stay loyal to their restaurant.

23 Line Cooks  applied for jobs in the last 24 hours on Workstream.

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Line Cooks for Hire in Eugene, OR
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Line Cooks for Hire in Merritt Island, FL
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Line Cooks for Hire in Virginia Beach, VA
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Line Cooks for Hire in Ledgewood, NJ
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Line Cooks for Hire in Sherwood, AR
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Line Cooks for Hire in Wichita, KS
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Line Cooks for Hire in Davenport, IA
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Line Cooks for Hire in Santa Cruz, CA
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Line Cooks for Hire in Granada Hills, CA
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Frequently Asked Questions about hiring a Line Cook

What is the best way to find and hire a Line Cook near me?
Online job boards are the best place to find qualified Line Cook applicants. Employers posting their Line Cook job on Indeed get about 13 applications from that board on average.
Which job boards should I post on to find Line Cook applicants?
You should post to multiple job boards at once. The most successful job postings for a Line Cook are on Indeed – but on average, employers post to 9 boards at the same time, using tools like Workstream. Publishing to multiple job boards at once helps you get your first applicant in 2 hours on average, which is shorter than the national average for Line Cook positions.
What's the best way to communicate with applicants looking for a Line Cook role?
SMS has 96% open rates which is higher than phone call or Email. Text to hire today!
Is it OK to text Line Cook job applicants?
Hourly paid workers, such as Line Cooks are actually more engaged when texting about jobs. We have found that text messages are 110% better than email at getting an applicant's response. Have a look at Workstream, which automates the process of texting and uses a phone number specifically assigned to your job post so you don’t have to use your personal phone.
Can I use a different phone number to engage Line Cook applicants via text message?
Yes, tools such as Workstream provide custom phone numbers that allow employers to engage with applicants through their tool without having to use a personal or business cell phone.

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