Red Island Hospitality Group, Charlottetown
The four restaurants in this group include Hunters Ale House and The Factory Downtown, which are open year-round, and John Brown Grille and the Charlottetown Beer Garden, which are open for the summer season.
“About 110 people work year-round and by peak season, we gradually ramp up to close to 200,” says Jeff Sinnott. “Quite a few come back every year, but I am looking to hire about 40 kitchen staff and servers.
“We are fortunate that many of our servers are students who return every year. We need people with some experience in those roles because it is so busy. The number of people applying for server jobs is endless, but it is always more challenging to fill kitchen positions such as Dishwashers, Cooks, and sometimes Chefs.
“To train people, we start them at the slower areas of work, and as they learn, we move them into the busier spots. They may start as a hostess or host and as they learn the procedures and the menus, they can move into a Server, Bartender or Manager position the next year.
“We are a bigger company, so there is room to move around, and there is an opportunity to make a career here.
“I prefer applicants to come in and see me in person with a resumé. That shows ambition. Don’t just phone and ask if I am hiring.”