A new recruiting app looks to match hospitality employers with the right candidates
Recruiting can be costly, time consuming and doesn’t always result in the right candidates being hired. New mobile-based recruiting platforms Found is looking to bring recruitment into the 21st century, with a number of high profile hospitality groups already signing on including The Lucas Group, Adriano Zumbo, Sydney Collective, Drinks Group, Sydney Restaurant Group, Kensington Street, McDonalds, Subway and Dominio’s.
Targeting millennials in particular, the mobile app allows job seekers to fill out key information like experience, education, certifications, references, location, availability, and citizenship status, making it easier for employers to connect with the right people.
“Initial research a couple of years back showed that 89 per cent of millennials believed a mobile device was an important tool for job searching, and yet there was nothing in the marketplace at the time that allowed job seekers to search and apply for jobs directly from their phone,” said Andrew Joyce, Found’s co-founder. “Given that Millennials spend significantly more time on mobile devices than on traditional desktop/laptop computers it was vital for Found to be mobile-first. It has always been our focus.”
Found job ads can be targeted to specific groups of candidates based on experience, meaning they’re more likely to be seen by candidates that match certain criteria. In addition, employers using the Found platform can search its candidate database of over 370,000 Australian job-seekers, and filter the results based on experience.
“Hospitality is one of our largest industries using the platform,” Joyce said. “The industry has a high-turnover rate which means that restaurateurs are constantly having to look for good staff at all times of the year, but particularly in the lead up to the busy Christmas and summer period.
“One of our key hires this year was Simon Etchells, who was part of Dimmi as that business grew and built into an incredibly successful hospitality tech business, so his industry knowledge and contacts have been key for us.”
A full-time development team of five people based in Sydney continues to update the platform, with video uploads also a possibility in the future.
“Found is helping Aussie businesses save big bucks compared with traditional hiring platforms, a huge saving for restaurants and cafes that run on tight 3-5 per cent profit margins,” Joyce said.
See what Craig Macindoe, food and beverage Manager from Kensington Street, has to say about hiring staff on Found here.