Austin, Texas (PRWEB) July 30, 2014
Finding and referring great candidates for restaurant jobs just got easier. Today, Red Book Connect announced the launch of HotSchedules Post, a new mobile app that connects restaurateurs and job seekers in their area, enabling them to find and fill jobs with qualified people they trust through referrals. The app allows users to post and share jobs and applicant profiles, and soon they will also be able to provide peer and employer endorsements. The app is launching in the Austin area as a free download on the iTunes and Google Play stores and will roll out to other cities later this year.
Connecting & Hiring
With over 13.5 million employees in the U.S., the restaurant industry employs approximately 10 percent of the total U.S. workforce and is expected to add 1.3 million jobs over the next decade. However, the industry is one of the least sophisticated when it comes to efficient hiring and has one of highest average turnover rates at over 60 percent. The restaurant industry is urgently in need of a better way to hire, use, track and reward referrals that identify the right candidates.
When it comes to hiring the best candidates, referred job candidates are three to four times more likely to be hired.* First year retention is also highest for referred candidates. Since referrals are the best source of talent, and most of these in-demand employees already have jobs, HotSchedules Post provides a better way for restaurants to attract top candidates and encourage referrals, providing an alternative to expensive and inefficient job boards or relying on walk-in applicants.
With 1.8 million existing users, HotSchedules understands the pain points of hiring and scheduling team members. The new HotSchedules Post app was built specifically to create a community where restaurants can post jobs, job seeker can create profiles and the community can provide referrals.
“Our customers tell us that some of their biggest issues are finding, hiring and retaining top talent,” said Anthony Lye, chief product officer at Red Book Connect. “The old way of identifying talent and hiring – by posting help wanted ads and sorting through unqualified applicants - was disruptive, inefficient and time-consuming for managers, and potential employees hated going door to door and filling out multiple job applications to find good restaurant jobs. That’s where HotSchedules Post comes in – it provides an application for employees to use to network about the best jobs and for restaurants to identify the top talent in their area, all done around the referral model.”
Solving Both Sides of the Hiring Dilemma
The HotSchedules Post app benefits both sides of the hiring relationship. Restaurant managers can create a restaurant profile, promote their brand via live updates, post jobs, search and view user profiles, share job openings with employees and followers and track candidate referrals. Current and potential employees can build their profile including resumes, connect with friends and peers to help them get interviews, research and follow restaurants, and receive job notifications, apply via one click on their mobile device and share job opportunities with their friends.
HotSchedules Post is seamlessly integrated for existing HotSchedules customers so they can hire, train and schedule all in one place.
“With HotSchedules Post, we are creating the one place for restaurants and the workforce to connect and share,” said Ray Pawlikowski, chief operations officer at Red Book Connect. “We are empowering employees by offering them a platform to better promote and increase their marketability through profiles and real time mobile alerts. It fundamentally changes the market dynamics of hourly hiring from the time consuming job boards fees to fast, referral based rewards.”
For more information on HotSchedules Post, go to http://www.hotschedulespost.com.
About Red Book Connect
Red Book Connect, LLC is a global mobile solutions company providing innovative technology for the restaurant, retail and hospitality industries. The company delivers a comprehensive suite of customizable software designed to automate managerial challenges such as hiring, training, scheduling, business intelligence, shift communication, labor and inventory management. Its world-class products include HotSchedules, Digital Red Book, Manager’s Red Book, Macromatix, GoHire and Schoox. Red Book Connect is proud to serve more than 1.2 million users in over 128,000 locations across 26 countries. For more information, visit http://www.redbookconnect.com.
Sources: *CareerXroads, **Jobvite,