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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Employers Gather to Recruit Workers for Chicago Foodservice Jobs

Talk of a recession has made many in Chicago and elsewhere more cautious about the money they spend. This takes a particular toll on the retail, tourism, hospitality and food services industries. Instead of eating out, people are electing to stay home and cook, which may employers to have fewer Chicago foodservice jobs to offer.

That being said, those looking for a position in this industry should consider attending the Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance's (MFHA) annual conference on August 12th. More than 30 well known names from the industry will be at the Chicago Fairmont Hotel in hopes of finding new workers to fill their current staff vacancies. Between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm, these employers will be available to let job seekers know what a career with their establishment can do for them.

Some of the establishments attending in hopes of recruiting new workers include: Gordon Food Service, ARAMARK, Chipotle, Sodexo, Buca di Beppo, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, Denny's, CAMPBELL SOUP, Outback Steakhouse, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Heartland Food Corp/Burger King, Save-A-Lot and Potawatomi Bingo Casino. These businesses will be highlighting the different career paths an employee can take and what each positions entail.

Whether a veteran in the industry or a new-comer, those looking for a job in the industry might find it beneficial to stop by. Many find that it is often easier to get a job in a setting such as a career fair for several different reasons. For starters, Employers attending an event like this have immediate openings they are trying to fill. Another good point about industry specific career fairs is the fact that job seekers are given a chance to leave a good impression before an official interview.

In order to this, those looking for a job in the industry should dress as they would if they were actually going to a company to apply for a job. It is also a good idea to take copies of your resume with you. Many employers will accept these on site, so be prepared to hand it out.

This event will also serve to highlighting diversity in the workplace. Host MFHA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of a culturally diverse workplace to both workers and employers.

"Leading companies in the hospitality industry know that a diverse workforce is key to successfully fulfilling the employment needs for our hotels and restaurants," said MFHA president Gerry Fernandez. "This career fair is a great opportunity for matchmaking--and to introduce the wide variety of hospitality careers to candidates."

The event will take place at Chicago Fairmont Hotel located at 200 N Columbus Drive. For more information visit

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