Dear Waitress Confessions…
I decided to contact you because I am looking to start waitressing. I read some of your posts and found your stories really interesting. I just moved to a new city (Calgary Alberta) and was wanting to try out something I would not back home, waitressing.
I’m not someone that goes to the bar often but would to get more comfortable to the restaurant environment. Can you give me some recommendations how I can start? My previous experience was in customer service. This would be a part time opportunity for me.
How should I approach or find an opportunity? Should my resume be different than my bank opportunity? How should I dress for an interview? How do I know if a restaurant want me to wear a certain type of clothing I’m not comfortable with, example Moxies. Thank you so much for your time, hope you can help me with overcoming this experience.” ~Kitty
First off, thank you so much for taking the time to write!
Part time waitressing is great, especially if you are just looking for make some extra cash on the side. Since this would be your first experience waitressing, you may have to opt for “less fancier” restaurants. Higher end restaurants ask for years of experience and it is very competitive.
The best approach, in my own opinion, would be to look for places that are willing to hire based on your experience working in customer service. Even if you have no servingg experience, they may be just dying to find someone who excels in that area. That, in my opinion, is definitely worth a shot.
Your resume should reflect exactly who you are and what skills you believe you have in order to convince them to give you a chance. Are you a good multitasker? Are you active? Do you learn quickly? Are you great with people? Take the time to think of the great qualities it takes to be a waitress.
As for the interview process, it could depend a lot on what type of restaurant, but I would always for for the professional look. Wear your hair up in a very professional, clean cut way if you have long hair. Working in the restaurant business, you always need to have your hair tied up. It will give them the chance to see what you would look like that way.
Upon entering a restaurant, have a pen ready, ask to speak with the manager and be really nice to the hostess since they will be the one who is going between you and the manager. If you’re rude to her and if she is very close and open with the manager, she may tell him that you aren’t worth his time and miss out. Find out when the quiet hours are to go in order to meet the manager/owner face to face, because there is nothing worse to a manager than having someone come in during a rush. Do NOT be that person…shows you don’t know how the restaurant business works. Call in advance to find out when the best time would be.
Smile…..A LOT! But, you know, not in a scary way. Ask questions and be honest. If you’re concerned about what a restaurant would want you to wear, then ask them what the dress code is and if there are any ways around that. If you’re not comfortable with the dress code then move on to another restaurant. You’ll be saving yourself the trouble and won’t be wasting their time either.
Also, there is nothing that people in the restaurant hate more (ok—im exaggerating just a bit) than someone who says that they have more experience than they do. Because they will be able to tell right away. It’s just the way it is.
I wish you all the luck in the world!