“Everyone we talk to says, ‘We’re so sick of being a slave to Craigslist,'” says Cocalis. “You get hundreds of hundreds of résumés, and that takes a lot of work to go through.” Her hope is that “when companies list with us you get just 10 or 15 people applying. But they’re the right people.”
Cocalis and Neagle both have food backgrounds, and Cocalis says they find many positions through their personal networks, and others through small, dedicated listservs centering on specialized aspects of food, such as the COMFOOD food-security list. Employers are charged $60 per listing (Craigslist is $25 to $75 per post); job-seekers can look and apply for free. Cocalis and Neagle approve each listing and insist that jobs be in some way supporting “good” food (i.e., sustainable, local, organic, etc.).
Good Food Jobs also has a cool blog, The Gastrognomes, that highlights people in interesting food jobs, such as Paulie Gee of the New York pizza shop, and Daniel Meyer, who tests recipes for Mark Bittman. It’s terrific material for armchair fantasies, at the very least.