If you are expanding your hospitality business into multiple states, it is important to use a hospitality headhunter who understands the hospitality industry and can help you find the best leadership for your operations. A good hospitality recruiter will know about the different markets in each state and will be able to find the best candidates for your specific operation. Here are 5 reasons why you should use the same recruiter for all your multi-state hospitality locations!

They understand your business and what you are looking for in an employee

A hospitality recruiter / headhunter who has worked with you in the past will know your business and what kind of leadership would be a good fit for your specific needs.   They will also be familiar with your company culture and values, which is important when expanding into new markets.

They can assess the new or potential new markets to determine if management candidates and potential employees generally share your same company values.  They can analyze competitive wage rates and salaries, so you know what you must pay to be competitive.

They have a network of hospitality professionals

A good hospitality recruiter / headhunter will have a network of hospitality professionals that they can tap into to find the best candidates for your open positions. This is especially important when expanding into new markets where you may not have as many connections.

Pro Tip: Many of the best hospitality recruiters / headhunters know one another very well. They leverage each other’s knowledge daily. Some are on a first-name basis with one another, others are just LinkedIn acquaintances, but they are very familiar with one another.

They know the different hospitality markets

Each state has its core hospitality market, and a good recruiter will be familiar with all of them. They will know which states have a higher demand for restaurant and hospitality workers and which ones have a surplus. This knowledge is critical when expanding your business into multiple states.

As mentioned earlier they can even run an analysis on any states where you plan to expand and can tell you if they think it is a good fit in terms of staffing availability.   Knowing how much wages, benefits, etc. will cost in each area of operation is essential. Some states even have extra laws and/or restrictions to keep in mind.

They can adapt the hiring process for different states

A hospitality recruiter / headhunter can help you with every step of the hiring process, from writing job descriptions to conducting interviews. They will also be familiar with the laws and regulations surrounding hospitality employment, which is important when expanding into new markets.

Knowing how to adapt the hiring process to fit the needs of each state will help your business have a seamless hiring flow. Some states may require more than others and having a recruiter / headhunter that works hand and hand with you on all your staffing will make it easier to be on the same page.

They are a valuable resource, not just a recruiter

A hospitality recruiter / headhunter is a valuable resource for any hospitality and restaurant business that is expanding into multiple states. They can help you find the best employees, navigate the different markets, and assist with the hiring process.

Not only can they help with all the traditional hiring functions, but they may also even help to set up simple HR processes for each state. Keep in mind your hospitality headhunter can be an asset in more ways than one.

Looking for a hospitality recruiter / headhunter? Browse our website for more helpful tips or contact us! We specialize in hospitality recruitment and can help you find the best leadership for your organization.

Kelly Kuhlmann
Witten By Kelly Kuhlmann

Kelly Kuhlmann is Founder and Chief Recruiting Partner of Hospitality Headhunter. Kelly has over 30 years in the Restaurant and Hospitality Industry at all levels, and has been one of the Largest Restaurant Franchisees in the United States.