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My situation is as such. I need to find a job that is socially engaging, where i can work less than 40 hours a week and still make enough money to pay my bills and put food on my table. For a while now ive wanted to wait, my ex would bring in over 350 from thursday-sunday nights. Thats more than i make a week full time at my current job. Ive been looking to get hired for this before but since i have no experience its really been tough.

 

I need some tips on how to get into this, how does a inexperienced guy get hired as a waiter? Im relatively good looking, ive worked customer service my whole life, im well dressed groomed and fit, and i can speak very well. Ive had a job offer here and there, but the logistics just werent there at the time so i was unable to take them.

 

Im really serious about this, i know other people must have thought about this before. Do you have any advice or stories?

 

Ill fill you in on some of my past experiences with applying. I applied at a casino resturant, got an interview, but not for the person who does the hiring for wait staff.

 

The lady that i talked to really thought i had the personality and looks to become a waiter since she had done it her whole life, the interview actually went much better than i expected, so i thought i was in, but then when i was referred to the hiring person, and i never got a call back, never saw her. I called several times but she never returned my call, i think she just looked at my application and never game me a chance. Another time i got an interview at friendly's went well got calls back and such, but i was already employed, but again i had a good interview and ect.

 

Based on that, how can i increase my odds of actually being seen by the hiring manager, i seem to do really well when i get given the time of day.

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I used to bartend and made 300 in a wkend only working Fri and Sat. This was in a hole in the wall club so I know a nicer bar pays well. Its easier and more fun than waiting.

 

But...if you want to wait tables. You need to stress your customer service skills if you dont have serving experience. I dont know, its always been easy for me to get a waitress job. I usually just go in, ask for the hiring mgr (sometimes calling ahead to see when they are there is more efficient), fill out an app, and then speak to the mgr.

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you seem like you really have your act together, there shouldn't be a problem with you getting a job as a waiter. =]

 

just know you have to be extremely patient with people..some will change their order 3454353 times, some will be so freakin' rude that you don't know how they live with themselves..and have a good memory.

 

I've never waited..but I work in a very social job..and I know that with being a waiter/waitress..you will have numerous encounters with all kinds of people!

 

from what you say, though..you shouldn't have a problem at all!

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Try a chain restaurant first like chilis or applebees. They're much more lax in hiring unexpereinced people. They usually give you about 5 days training before they put you on the floor alone.

 

You have to be able to work well under pressure. You'll get in the weeds easily if you don't keep it together and realize that one person won't kill you if you take an extra 30 seconds to get their drink or get greeted. Always greet tables within 2 minutes of being seated. Common sense stuff.

 

As for getting hired, stress customer service and working well under pressure.

 

More fancy places and casinos and hotel restaurants want someone with lots of experience b/c their clientel demands more. Chain and family places are more easy going b/c of their customers who don't mind wearing jeans and hats at the table, so those people are usually more lax as diners.

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Its hard breaking "not a hot 18-25 year old female" barrier in the industry, though i know there are waiters that make it. What could i bring to the table that makes me a good prospect? And if i do manage to get a job even if it is in Denny's how much experience would i need at one place before i could try to move on to higher paying resturants?

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Its hard breaking "not a hot 18-25 year old female" barrier in the industry, though i know there are waiters that make it. What could i bring to the table that makes me a good prospect? And if i do manage to get a job even if it is in Denny's how much experience would i need at one place before i could try to move on to higher paying resturants?

 

over-rated.

 

I prefer seeing men in their twenties..ladies need something to gawk at too. AND they're usually 20 x nicer than 80% of the snobby girls trying to flirt with the opposite sex for more money.

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i see you live in NY...is that NYC or just NY state? In NYC, it's much harder to get on at a restaurant b/c you need loads of experience (from what I hear).

 

have you tried looking at cafes too where it's smaller but still busy? not coffee shops, but cafes with food and coffee.

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Yeah, NYC is tough...lots of compitition....for the experienced. I was in the business for 20 years, so i could walk in almost anywhere and get a job...but i've seen how others start...they start bussing table are as a bar back....or a very small hole in the wall....you need to get some experience. the chains suck, but they do hire inexperienced folks. and there will be a breaking in period before you make that kind of money because the best shifts go to seniority. good luck.

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Why not start as a busboy at a high end fine dining boutique restaurant? When I was in my early twenties I worked at a very prestigious french restaurant as a busboy to start and later as an assistant waiter. In fine dining men servers dominate the industry since the wealthy people folks don't pay hundred of dollars a plate for a pretty face. This is a reason that chain restaurants mostly hire pretty people, specially beautiful young women. BTW, In the restaurant I worked in I worked for six hours a night and I made about $100 a night in tips. This was great money for the late 1980's and early 1990's.

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Why not start as a busboy at a high end fine dining boutique restaurant? When I was in my early twenties I worked at a very prestigious french restaurant as a busboy to start and later as an assistant waiter. In fine dining men servers dominate the industry since the wealthy people folks don't pay hundred of dollars a plate for a pretty face. This is a reason that chain restaurants mostly hire pretty people, specially beautiful young women. BTW, In the restaurant I worked in I worked for six hours a night and I made about $100 a night in tips. This was great money for the late 1980's and early 1990's.

 

Im in NY state, in an area that was hit pretty hard by the recession, so even the job that i have which is good, was difficult to find.

 

Anyways, i like that idea to be honest. How much did you make as a busboy? i have no problem doing that, but i dont know if id be able to make minimum wage and survive off it.

 

But there are several high end french and german resturants, im going to check out, with ironically all male waiters.

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Ok now that i know what i should be looking for, next is how i should go about trying to achieve it.

 

Typically for a bus boy or waitor, i should obviously look good, show up before they set up for dinner, talk to the manager.

 

Any key things i should focus on besides extension customer relations and service background? What do these people like to hear, i suppose it would be somewhat different than the corporate environment in used to.

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Go in between 2 and 4pm mon-thurs. That's low volume period and it's easiest to talk to someone then.

 

If they just take your app, ask to speak to a manager before turning it over to the hostess or whoever. Less chance of it getting lost that way. If the manager takes it, he or she should be able to tell you if and when they're hiring. If they ask you to follow up later, go in; don't call. Easier to figure out who you are if you go in.

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Go in between 2 and 4pm mon-thurs. That's low volume period and it's easiest to talk to someone then.

 

If they just take your app, ask to speak to a manager before turning it over to the hostess or whoever. Less chance of it getting lost that way. If the manager takes it, he or she should be able to tell you if and when they're hiring. If they ask you to follow up later, go in; don't call. Easier to figure out who you are if you go in.

 

Exactly right

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You might try going around to bars and asking if they need barbacks. All you have to be able to do as a barback is work your butt off lifting heavy boxes all night. Eventually, you'll get a chance to fill in as a bartender and you can work your way up from there.

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