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A shift lead is the head of staff, the restaurant employee who essentially runs the show and ensures that the restaurant runs like a well-oiled machine. The shift lead supports the restaurant’s general manager by running shifts in a self-sufficient manner. Hiring a great shift lead is essential as this person is responsible for creating a memorable dining experience for the guests, which increases the restaurant's profitability. An effective shift lead is in charge of overseeing the staff and ensuring high customer satisfaction rates. Getting the right hire for the role of a shift lead is crucial, as this employee is a linchpin around which your restaurant operation runs. Although the pay is on the lower side (an average of $30,000 roughly in the US), an ambitious shift lead can make themselves indispensable in a restaurant and move up quickly.

How to hire a successful shift lead

Apart from knowing when to hire a shift lead, which is primarily during the holiday season, it is critical that the hiring is done when there is a slight lull in business. A great shift lead may bring in their own pool of expertise; however, it is essential that they adapt themselves to the restaurant's culture and environment. They must understand how the business operates before peak season. The right hire will be someone who is seasoned and adaptable and knows the tricks of the trade. Prescreening can be done through a hiring portal by asking relevant questions about background, experience, the proximity of residence of the applicant, frequency of job change, and other particulars. This prescreening will help narrow down the list of applicants to the best fit.

Refining the search

A shift lead position combines leadership with strong people skills. They ensure that the team members are suitably trained and positioned to provide a great customer experience. They should be able to take ownership and be accountable for resolving problems, providing guidance, and seeking help when required. This employee will go on to play an indispensable role in the operation of the restaurant. In your job description, you should include requirements that encapsulate all the qualities you are looking for in the hire, giving the applicants more clarity on the position and helping you shortlist the desired candidates.

The Best Fit

A restaurant shift lead should have a proven record in a related role at a restaurant. Availability to work different shifts, including during the weekends, is essential. A relevant certification can definitely give a candidate an advantage. However, making the requirement mandatory can result in a smaller applicant pool. Communication, customer service, ability to handle stress, and management skills are some of the key qualities absolutely essential for the position. Explaining the reporting structure and showcasing job perks can help attract the desired candidates and lead you to the right hire.

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Shift Leads for Hire in Pasadena, CA
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Shift Leads for Hire in El Paso, TX
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Shift Leads for Hire in Medford, OR
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Shift Leads for Hire in Oakland, CA
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Frequently Asked Questions about hiring a Shift Lead

What is the best way to find and hire a Shift Lead near me?
Online job boards are the best place to find qualified Shift Lead applicants. Employers posting their Shift Lead job on Indeed get about 20 applications from that board on average.
Which job boards should I post on to find Shift Lead applicants?
You should post to multiple job boards at once. The most successful job postings for a Shift Lead are on Indeed – but on average, employers post to 10 boards at the same time, using tools like Workstream. Publishing to multiple job boards at once helps you get your first applicant in 3 hours on average, which is shorter than the national average for Shift Lead positions.
What's the best way to communicate with applicants looking for a Shift Lead role?
SMS has 94% open rates which is higher than phone call or Email. Text to hire today!
Is it OK to text Shift Lead job applicants?
Hourly paid workers, such as Shift Leads are actually more engaged when texting about jobs. We have found that text messages are 173% 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 Shift Lead 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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