Website Eases Hiring For Food Industry

By Yvelette Stines on December 1st, 2015 / Comments

There are many times in life when we question the next steps of our journey. For Gary Chard and his wife Melannie they wanted to make a difference. The couple was living in New York and knew it was time for a change.

“We were living in city trying to figure out what we wanted to do with our lives. We were doing very well and progressing up in our careers, but we didn’t want to live in the city forever and our daughter needed space to run around,” he says.  As they were looking through the city for a place to live, and nothing felt right.

The couple traveled to Michigan, Melannie’s hometown, frequently throughout the year. They soon realized they found a place to call home.

“We made the decision, quit our jobs, and moved to Michigan without jobs,” he reminisces.  Chard received a phone call from a friend that shared his frustration when it came to finding the right employees in the food industry. He knew this could be the beginning of a great idea that would help his goal of making a difference for others come to fruition.

As a self-proclaimed efficiency expert, Chard knew that he could create an easier and effective way when it came to hiring.  He started Hired Knives, an online based company that matches employers and employees in the food service industry. “If a restaurant is looking for a bartender or chef with a certain amount of experience, the job can be posted and they are instantly matched with people on the site that meet that criteria,” explains Chard.

Chard wants to make the hiring process easier for all involved.

“We’ve simplified the hiring process, employers can review candidates quickly and employees can go to the site, fill out a form, and describe their work experience and skills. It also helps food industry professionals create a platform to build their brands as well,” he explains.

The company launched in October and has been growing steadily. “We have about 200 jobs posted, 300 users and people have been hired through the site.” In the future, Chard would like to grow nationally.  “I see us growing throughout Michigan over the next year and then pushing out to other states. We have a lot of ideas to enhance what exists now.”

As a new entrepreneur who also had a successful career as a human resources and compensation executive for Sotheby’s, he offers advice for those who want to start their own business.

  1. When it comes to hiring or partnering, ask the right questions. You can’t just take someone’s word for it. Make them prove why they are the right person to work with or for you.
  2. If you are someone who has always managed to figure out the path, don’t let someone else tell you what that the path should be. Go with your instinct.
  3. You need good advisors and people to help you. Lean on people that helped you in the past.
  4. If you are going to be an entrepreneur, do something you truly believe in and something you are passionate about.
  5. Allow your optimism to outweigh your fear.

Check out Hired Knives here.

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Yvelette Stines

Yvelette is an author and freelance writer. Her blog Calming Corners helps readers stay calm and healthy. Follow her at @YveletteStines + @CalmingCorners.