UK Chef Shortages- Can South Africa Help?

UK Chef Shortages- Can South Africa Help?

While the UK hospitality industry experiences crippling chef shortages post, South Africa as a result of restaurant and hotel closures due to Covid, has an abundance of highly talented, qualified and professional chefs of all levels eager to find suitable employment both in SA and internationally!


Contact us at Hospitality Jobs Africa to find out more about our amazing chef talent pool and how we can help you recruit top chef talent to your company today!

[email protected] or call me, Sarah Donnelly on ++27 798804211 to have a chat


Why Talent Pooling Makes Business Sense Today

Why Talent Pooling Makes Business Sense Today

Why Talent Pooling Makes Business Sense Today

…..Recruiting for the Future

What is Talent Pooling? Essentially you are hiring ahead of yourself but with strategic management planning in mind. You are on the constant lookout for exceptional hospitality and retail recruits that you have identified as essential for the future of your organization’s success and growth path.

For Hospitality Recruitment Agencies in South Africa, while it is no secret that hospitality recruitment has been on the “go slow” amidst the Covid pandemic, this does not mean that it will be in a slump forever. As hospitality recruiters, we are in this for the long haul and are there for the good times and the bad; where there has been breaking down, there will be rebuilding again, and that means rebuilding our teams. Many South African restaurants and lodges have sadly closed either temporarily or in more drastic cases permanently, leaving a plethora of professional and highly skilled hospitality workers jobless or having to pivot into a different career direction for now. But, we all know that this will improve again, we will be desperate to travel again, stay hotels again and see our friends around the world. So hospitality will bounce back! Even as we speak, some international travel is opening up again, as borders open to the Middle East for example. We are currently recruiting into Qatar and processing work visas in a matter of weeks. While candidates do have to quarantine for a week, this seems a small price to pay for hospitality job seekers getting excellent opportunities in the Middle East, and Middle East companies receiving the very best talent. So Why Does Talent Pooling Make Sense?

  • It focuses our strategic thinking about the future of our organizations and employees
  • It gives us time to stay in touch with candidates and build relationships with them over time
  • It allows us the time to reach “passive candidates” who are not actively seeking work right now
  • It gives us time to assess candidates’ skills in an unrushed manner and make suggestions to them where they can upskill to become more competitive as a job seeker
  • It allows us time to build a good reputation as a recruiter or employer with our candidates
  • It avoids “panic” recruiting when the time comes to recruit NOW
  • You can use your talent pool to react quickly to your needs

Written by: Sarah Donnelly, MD, Hospitality Jobs Africa Why Talent Pooling Makes Business Sense Today

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Growth of the Hospitality Industry Covid 19

Growth of the Hospitality Industry Covid 19

Growth of the Hospitality Industry Covid 19

Over the last year, the corona virus has made a massive global impact, with many businesses being shuttered.  Few industries have been as affected as hospitality, nationally and internationally.

However, as it has always done, the hospitality industry is rising to the challenge, and growth is slowly taking place. Professionals in Hospitality are finding new and innovative ways to safely serve guests, protect staff and continue to provide exceptional customer care.





So, if you are wondering if potential hospitality recruiters are checking your social media prior to interviews and indeed employment offers, the simple answer is yes, definitely! In fact a recent study found that in fact a whopping 93% of all hospitality employers check candidates social media at some point during the hospitality recruitment process. In the midst of COVID-19 as well as post the pandemic it is sensible to assume that this number will increase. As in many cases, the recruitment process will go remote, employers will feel an even greater need to get a more rounded view of potential candidates.

While LinkedIn is a professional social media site where people post about their careers, other social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram paint a completely different story.

So what are the top things that employers do look for and what are the things that will put them off?

What hospitality recruiters are looking for:

Culture Fit

Employers are looking at your social profiles to see if you would be a good fit for their corporate culture. What you say in an interview to describe yourself and what you are posting on your media pages may paint completely different pictures. Do you appear to be outgoing and sociable, do you have good contacts in your profession, is your profile picture appropriate, what are your hobbies and interests? All of these things will give employers a more insightful glimpse of your personality.

Qualifications and Competencies

If for example you say that you have good communication skills, does your social media confirm this? What do your posts say about you? Are you articulate? Does your writing have constant spelling mistakes? You may have said to the interviewer that you have excellent personal relationships, but are you arguing and being belligerent with people on Facebook.

Creativity and Intelligence

For vacancies which may require candidates to be creative and out-the-box thinkers, employers are looking to your social platforms to look at the originality of your postings. Are you witty and innovative in your interactions? Are you intelligent and interested in relevant topics? What are you tweeting actually tweeting about?

Employers do NOT want to see:

Anything explicit or of a sexual nature…. Ever
Photos of you consuming alcohol or passing out. While partying in itself is irrelevant, the fact that you are posting in publicly and perhaps bragging about it will leave a big question mark in an employer’s mind as to if they would want you associated with their brand.
Bad grammar and spelling
The use of profane language
Violent or aggressive content
In short, be sensible and balanced in your postings on social media.. that is ultimately what employers are wanting to see. Ask your hospitality recruitment agency in South Africa for further tips on your hospitality job interview

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Virtual Interviews – Job Seeker Tips

Virtual Interviews – Job Seeker Tips


Okay, so the world isn’t quite our oyster under the current global health crisis. However, when lockdown is finally lifted in whatever form that may be, we are all just going to have to “get on with it” in a new normal world. Virtual interviews are becoming increasing popular especially if you are seeking hospitality job opportunities abroad, the most convenient way to interview is via SKYPE o Zoom on the internet.

Fewer international recruiters will travel to South Africa to conduct face-to-face interviews, so your virtual interview may be your only opportunity to sell yourself and your skills set to prospective employers. It is important to prepare for your interview with an international recruiter. Here are few tips you might find useful to make sure your potential employer will be impressed.

Check your internet connection

It is very important that the audio and video on Skype or Zoom will be working when your potential employer calls you. All checks should be done prior to the interview. Sign in earlier and have a chat with your hospitality recruitment agency or a friend to make sure that they can see and hear you clearly.

Look and Dress like you mean it

Dress code during the virtual interview is as important as a traditional interview, so ensure that you make the effort to dress and look the part. Take the same level of care with your personal appearance as you would in attending a face-to-face interview, especially when applying for front of house positions in hospitality and restaurants. Avoid wearing bright distracting colours.

Be aware of what is around you

The camera is not only showing your face but also everything else that is in your interviewing room. Make sure that it looks neat and tidy and that no external noise is disturbing your conversation. Interviewing in a location where a lot of people are distracting you, such as an internet café is not a great idea but sometimes cannot be avoided. Do all you can to find a quiet place with good light. You can control your surroundings and you have time to prepare the location, so make the most of it.

Practice makes perfect

If you are not a Skype expert, practice with your recruitment agent or friends. Make sure you are looking into the camera on your device and are not distracted. Smile and sit up straight to make a positive impression. Body language in virtual interviews is paramount! Speak clearly and with confidence.

Pick the right device

Make sure you are sitting down and your device is still. The best is to have the interview done through a laptop or a tablet which will enable you to sit comfortably and make notes when required. Keep a paper and pen handy!

Also see Remote Chef Interview Questions