Blue Mussel Café, North Rustico
“We are looking for kitchen staff, including one or two Line Cooks, a Prep Cook, and as many Dishwashers as we can get,” says Steve Murphy.
“There are lots of good cooks on the Island, but we always base our hiring on fit.
“We spend 12 to 14 hours a day working together, so we have to like the people we work with. We end up spending more waking time together as a group than with our own family. We spend a lot of time researching applicants before making a decision.”
“Shifts are usually 12 hours minimum, with four to five shifts a week,” says Christine McQuaid. “We don’t want to burn out our staff. We all need some time to enjoy the summer. Giving staff four days on and three days off helps keep our staff energized.
“Some people may be afraid to apply because they have no experience, but we are willing to train people with a good attitude who are ready to work lots of hours.”
“Many of our staff started as dishwashers, graduated to peeling potatoes, got comfortable in the kitchen, and then became cooks.”