than doubled its corporate workforce in
the past two years and plans to expand to
another three states this year. “We create...
efficiencies and cost savings for the school
districts,” says senior vice president Andrew Hall.
Just as service businesses thrive by
helping clients become more efficient
and innovative, individual employees can
succeed by helping their employers do the
same. “The value today,” says Hughes, “is
new ideas, creativity, making the organization work better, thinking of better
products and the like.”
“IN THIS FIELD, WE find that a lot of jobs
start entry level, but employers promote
from within,” says Retail, Hospitality and
Tourism Talent Network’s Bleckman.
“Almost every general manager I have met
in a hotel started either doing laundry or
at the front desk.”
Restaurants and hotels make up most
of New Jersey’s leisure and hospital-
ity sector, which added approximately
20,200 jobs in the 12 months ending
November 2013, according to the state.
Food service dominated the job postings—
specifically food preparation supervisors;
food-service managers; and workers who
combine food prep and service (think
Starbucks baristas). As always, cooks and
waitstaff are in demand.
Growth in this sector shows that
people are spending more discretionary
dollars on eating out. “You always see that
in an economic recovery,” says Hughes.
It may also imply that people, rather than
take a full-fledged vacation, economize by
settling for a night out.
“Restaurants have made a strong
comeback, but I wouldn’t call it boom
time,” says Grant Halliday, director of
operations at the Harvest Restaurant
Group, known for its Roots Steakhouse
locations in Summit and Morristown.
This year, Harvest plans to open a Roots in
Ridgewood and a restaurant in Westfield.
“We’ve had continued growth,” says Hal-
liday, “but that comes from planning, hard
work and listening to your guest base.”
Despite being hit hard by Hurricane
Sandy, McLoone’s Restaurants—with
four of its nine establishments in Mon-
mouth County—has stuck with its plans
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