PlateJobs.com - a new way to advertise for (and find) jobs in the food service industry
Posted 5 August 2012 13:05
Our about page describes why my brother Kevin and I created GetMeCooking - basically it was because we didn't know how to cook and when we looked online, there weren't any recipe websites we liked - so we created this recipe website and a recipe plugin to encourage food bloggers to fill it with really good quality, well written recipes.
The GetMeCooking website and our recipe plugin for WordPress have been an obsession of ours for around six years now. They have cost us a lot of money and thousands of man-hours of work. Kevin is working on the GetMeCooking things on a full-time basis and I’m working on it in my spare time (as well as sneakily at work, during my day job!). We truely believe that we can turn our obsession into a viable, profit making business – but it isn’t yet. So we have been thinking about how we can generate some money…
We have got a roadmap for how to generate money within GetMeCooking, but we are building it slowly and we don’t want lots of adverts on our nice clean site. We have got ideas for other areas to expand into (including one really fantastic idea with a low-friction entry point and a big market – but it will take a long time to develop and see any real return on). We wanted something that we could set up quickly, start earning from and be able to develop upon, so… we came upon the idea of creating a recruitment site for people in the food service industry. It fits in well with our brand, can integrate well with the GetMeCooking website and we are excited to be able to have a more commercial side to what we do. Plus – we looked around and couldn’t find any decent recruitment websites!!!
We think that a good recruitment website will be quick and easy to develop, in fact within just a few weeks, we have already developed 85% of the first version (it will be basic at first, but still better than 99% out there) and we will try to attract attention from recruiters and candidates (initially for free whilst we get feedback). Then we’ll start adding more features (which we have already planned) and hopefully generate some revenue, which we can then re-invest into our core work. There will also be an opportunity to work in some cross-over functionality between PlateJobs, GetMeCooking and our WordPress plugin - the three products will suppliment each other really well.
So if you fit into one of these categories:
- Front of house
- Bar staff
- Professional recruitment agent
- Owner of a restaurant, café, bar, etc. who recruits staff on an ad-hoc basis
Then please give PlateJobs a try! We want to make it easy for recruiters to find enthusiastic, good quality staff – and for staff to find good quality jobs, where they can advance their career.
As I said earlier, the site will start off with a very basic set of features, but will improve quickly, with lots more features, just as GetMeCooking has.
You can learn more about it by:
- Visiting the PlateJobs website (currently only an e-mail list that you can sign up to for notifications)
- Follow PlateJobs on twitter
- Follow PlateJobs on Facebook
If you have any feedback, comments, suggestions for what you would like to see in a new recruitment site, please let us know - either in the comments below, or e-mail us.