Food Handler Job Descriptions

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Food Handler Job Description Template

A food handler is a role that demands both excellent attention to detail and the ability to work quickly on repetitive tasks without sacrificing quality. The position entails working with unpackaged foods and beverages and preparing them to be consumed by the public. A food handler may work in several different settings, usually a restaurant.

The main goal of a food handler is to efficiently prepare food for consumption while still following all necessary food safety guidelines. In order to do this, food handlers need to be able to work without supervision and maintain both their focus and quality.


Food Handler Job Description 

Our restaurant is looking for a new food handler. Applicants will be asked to prepare a variety of our food items while using the best practices for food health and safety. You may be asked to receive and unpack deliveries, verify inventory, and discard any spoiled or contaminated food items. You will be responsible for getting our food ready for the public. This will require a high level of attention to detail.

As a food handler, you will need to be knowledgeable of all food health and safety regulations and be able to work well in a team. You will also need to have your food handler’s license in order to qualify for this position.

Food Handler Responsibilities:

  • Prepare food items for our customers
  • Follow all food health and safety guidelines and requirements
  • Package food for delivery as needed
  • Maintain food preparation tools, including cleaning and disinfecting instruments and equipment before and after use
  • Maintain the cleanliness of all surfaces involved in the food handling process, such as counters, ovens, freezers, and microwaves
  • Clean up any spills and leaks that may occur
  • Follow procedure to prevent food spoilage and waste
  • Prepare food rotation labels and use them to ensure optimal use of our key ingredients

Food Handler Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Food handler’s license
  • Previous experience with handling food is preferred
  • Knowledge of the latest food health and safety guidelines
  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Ability to maintain a high standard of quality in an unsupervised setting
  • Strong communication skills


Food Handler Job Description FAQ:

What tasks does a food handler do?

The specific tasks that a food handler does will vary based on the scope of their position. If working in a restaurant, the employee will be primarily tasked with helping the restaurant prepare its food for the public. This can involve handling deliveries, managing inventory, and doing prep work to assist the restaurant’s chefs.

What should I include in my food handler help wanted ads?

For the best results, you should follow the layout that we’ve used here. That means starting with an engaging opening that describes the position generally. Then, move into two separate lists that cover the responsibilities and requirements of your food handler position, respectively. Use as much detail as possible. Doing so will make it clear to potential candidates what you are looking for in your ideal employee.

Can I use your food handler job description template as a starting point?

Absolutely! Feel free to use what we’ve written here as inspiration for your own help wanted ad. However, you will want to make sure that you customize your job description to match the specific position that you need to be filled. What we’ve written here may or may not accurately capture the responsibilities and requirements associated with your food handler position. Make changes to these as needed to ensure that the people who view your job description know exactly what you’re looking for. This can make the screening and interviewing processes much easier for you.

Frequently Asked Questions about hiring a Food Handler

What is the best way to find and hire a Food Handler near me?
Online job boards are the best place to find qualified Food Handler applicants. Employers posting their Food Handler job on Indeed get about 11 applications from that board on average.
Which job boards should I post on to find Food Handler applicants?
You should post to multiple job boards at once. The most successful job postings for a Food Handler 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 15 hours on average, which is shorter than the national average for Food Handler positions.
What's the best way to communicate with applicants looking for a Food Handler role?
SMS has 86% open rates which is higher than phone call or Email. Text to hire today!
Is it OK to text Food Handler job applicants?
Hourly paid workers, such as Food Handlers are actually more engaged when texting about jobs. We have found that text messages are 101% 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 Food Handler 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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