Office junior to permanent recruitment manager

I am now into my fourth year working at Chefs In Scotland and I can’t quite believe how quickly the time has flown by. As many of you may know I came to work at Chefs In Scotland after an accident took me out of the chef world. I had previously worked at Chefs In Scotland for about 6 weeks in the summer of 2012 and when I saw they were looking for an office junior in April 2015 I emailed Michael my CV and by the end of the week I was back in the office. It started off just filing, calling chefs, doing references and generally assisting Johanna and Michael and we were based at the offices in Sunnybrae. As I got more confident in the day to day goings on in the office, I got given the junior chef vacancies list and that’s where it all started. I started slow and it took me some time to get into the swing of it and was set on meeting my daily targets for CVs out and arranging interviews before I finally got onto placing some chefs. I started off getting a hold of a few head chef jobs when Michael was on annual leave and placed my first head chef in Northumberland in September 2015 which isn’t quite as quick as Tom Barr who placed a head chef during his second month at Chefs In Scotland. However nearly 4 years on and we placed 5 head chefs last month, this included one establishment abroad, as well as Orkney, Glasgow, Fife and Aberdeenshire. As the year comes to an end in the coming weeks, we have been busy getting lots of filing done as well as getting chefs registered and references chased up. Bracing ourselves for a very busy January and 2019 season to follow.

In my time here, which is short compared to some of the head chefs I speak to who have been in jobs for five, ten, years plus, I have really enjoyed speaking to chefs from all over Scotland and further afield. What begun as a little bit of filing has now turned into a career which although can be frustrating at times, with no two days the same, it is also very rewarding helping chefs through their careers.

After the office move in May this year it really has been a positive move for Chefs In Scotland with us all working towards the same goal which is to ensure we are providing the best service to both chefs and establishments all over Scotland although we will quite happily welcome any other jobs in America, Hong Kong, the Caribbean and other places abroad looking for chefs also.

Here’s to many more years.

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