Welcome to First Contact Chefs

First Contact was established to offer the Hotel, Catering and Hospitality Industry a fresh approach to the resource of chefs. Our highest priority is to build a mutually successful relationship with our clients and candidates based on our knowledge and understanding of their individual needs. We strive to deliver the highest standards of quality and consistency of service.

To get the most out of our website, simply fill in the Job Search section to the left and click Search for the site to return your results.

The advanced search engine will quickly scan our entire database of quality nationwide vacancies, aiming to bring you the perfect match.

In the Candidate Advice section, you will find lots of helpful advice on CV preparation and various handy tips for interviews which will all help to make the transition into your new job a smooth and successful one.

Should you wish to speak with one of our consultants, simply use our Contact Us page. Our consultants are friendly and professional and are always happy to offer sound advice, particularly as they have all worked in the industry and appreciate what it is that you are looking for.

Be assured that the information that you provide to us about yourself will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be made available to potential employers (or any other third party) without your consent.

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM FIRST CONTACT CHEFS

We are taking our responsibilities to respond to Coronavirus - COVID 19 really seriously. Looking after our candidates and clients is our number one priority, which is why we are staying close to the advice from Government to make sure we are doing the right things.

As a number of individuals are returning to work, searching for a new job amid such chaos can feel confusing and challenging. However we are making every effort to make it as unproblematic and help limit the spread of the virus.

Our COVID Questionnaire

We have put in place a COVID 19 Health Questionnaire to ensure everyone we speak to are COVID free and staying safe. Every time we speak to candidates or clients we will check again that all the answers given previously are still the same, to ensure we are staying alert.

Some of the questions we ask candidates:

  • Have you or your partner or any member of your household had COVID?
  • Have you or your partner or any member of your household had any of the following symptoms in the last 2 weeks:
    1. Fever (feeling hot or a temperature above 37.5 degrees Celsius)
    2. Persistent cough
    3. Loss of the sense of smell
    4. Loss of the sense of taste
    5. Sore throat

Some of the questions we ask clients:

  • Do you have staff Covid 19 health checks/ reporting / monitoring in place?
  • Are staff members required to wear PPE?
  • What are your procedures for interviewing / conducting trials?

Interviews and Trials via Video Call

Probably the biggest change to how we work has been the adoption of video calling. Not only has this method been promoted from a "last resort" to a "standard" way of working, but we have seen clients utilise the technology to continue the recruitment process. The lockdown has forced us into using video calls more regularly but the tech has proved it's worth and I believe it will become a staple in speeding up and easing the difficulties of arranging meetings and interviews for long into the future.

Naturally, we have found that the past few months have been an incredibly stressful time for many candidates and clients. We have had countless conversations with people who have been displaced due to the crisis. Although the future is uncertain and will no doubt look very different as we progress through 2020/2021, it will be business as usual here at First Contact Chefs and we will continue to support clients and candidates through the changing market and beyond.

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