Jobs at Hoggies are a breath of fresh air for Gladstone
HOG'S Breath Gladstone received about 200 applications for 40 positions at a recruitment drive.
The new positions offered a welcome respite from recent contractions in the job market, including recent job losses at Aurizon's freight arm reported on Thursday and at Gladstone Power Station, Queensland Alumina Limited and the Austicks factory which closed late last year.
Franchisee Alex Staines said he was ringing successful applicants this week, but some positions were still available.
"We had some really good people that were excited about being part of Hog's Breath and its opening," he said.
"If you missed out there are still a handful of positions left to fill, so send in your CV."
Asked what the applicants were like as people, Mr Staines said "hogspitality" described them.
"Many of them had that bubbly friendly vibe that gives Hogs Breath that feel and atmosphere," he said.
Construction of the restaurant is progressing at the corner of Goondoon and Herbert Sts, Gladstone.
"The works are coming along very quickly," Mr Staines said.
"A lot of the walls were painted on the weekend, and the corrugated roof is up. Timber is being oiled, and they're just putting in the booths and fitting out the kitchen."
The restaurant is due to open next month.
Mr Staines said Hogs Breath Gladstone would limit the number of patrons in the 230 seat venue to 80 in the first few weeks of operation.
"We want to learn to crawl before we run."
Chanel College graduate happy to land gig at new Hog's Breath
BRENDAN Waters is one of the lucky few to score a job at Hog's Breath Gladstone when it opens its doors in April.
"It's so great because I've been focusing my heart and soul on getting a job with Hog's Breath," the 17-year-old said.
"I got a back-of-house job. I'll be preparing food and helping the chefs," he said.
"I've never worked under a chef - it will be exciting.
"I've always enjoyed cooking because that's what I've grown up with.
"But meeting all the people only reinforced why I want to work there.
"They're really cheerful and nice.
"There's never going to be a dull moment!"
The Chanel College graduate said he was taking a gap year and was looking forward to making a fresh start working with a well-known business.
Brendan said he hoped to study at university and would use his gap year to get some savings under his belt.