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Look for the right restaurant for you is the first job to success in waiting table.

Your needs

The first task in finding the right job for you is to know what you're looking for in a job. Things to consider include:

  • Are you prepared to be rushed off your feet?
  • How important is a friendly atmosphere?
  • How far are you prepared to travel to work?
  • What's the minimum basic salary you need?
  • How much in tips will you need to make?
  • Are you new and want to learn from other servers?
  • Are you slowing down and want an easier time?

Even before this, there's a question about whether waiting table is the right thing for you. There are often a lot of jobs in this market, so getting one should be easier than other jobs, but that does not mean it is right for you.

Scouting

So when you start, rather than diving into the first job, first drive or walk around the area where you are looking for a job to get the basic atmosphere. Do this also when you will be working, including late at night, as night-time safety can be quite different from the day.

Check out the menus of restaurants around both to get the idea of price variation and to understand the different markets to which they are catering.

Check out things like how big the parking lot is and whether it is kept tidy. Look at how recently the outside of the restaurant was painted.

Testing

When you have found a potential job, you may want to try out the restaurant as a customer. If this bothers you, get a friend to do it. Check out the service that they give. See how good the food is. Also assess the other waiting staff -- could you provide as good or a better service than them?

Choices

When you have the job or are in interview, you may want to know things like whether you can (or have to) work shifts. It is often better to work weekend nights as you get better tips then.

See also

Job Finding

 

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