Sure, Hooters has burgers and chicken wings, but what sets it apart from other casual dining restaurants are its waitresses. The chain calls a Hooters Girl a “globally recognized icon,” known not only for her looks but also her intelligence and charm. If you possess these skills and know your way around the hospitality industry, this could be the career for you.
Entering the Nest
You need to be at least 18 to become a Hooters girl, and in some cases you need to be 21. The Hooters chain has restaurants in 21 states plus the District of Columbia. Most of the restaurants are in the South and Midwest, so you might have to relocate if you don’t live in those regions. You need basic math skills to add up a bill or resolve a disputed charge with a customer. Communication skills are important for working with others in what can be a fast-paced environment. You can apply online after you create a profile on the Hooters website. You can also use your social media profile in lieu of a resume. Be prepared for an interview about why you want to work for Hooters. If there are no vacancies, you can submit a resume for future employment consideration and request email alerts when vacancies open.
Look the Part
The restaurant chain credits its success to the look of its Hooters Girls. A fit body, styled hair and “camera-ready makeup" are all prerequisites to working in this chain. The job also demands a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and exercise, according to the chain's website. Some of the top girls appear at charity events or on the chain’s calendar, magazine and billboards, and in its swimsuit pageant, so modeling experience is a plus. The chain established a Hooters Girl Hall of Fame in 2008 and women landed on that list due in part to modeling success, charity work and on-screen appearances.
Points for Poise
Going hand in hand with a glamorous look, a Hooters Girl needs to be personable and willing to entertain customers. Words used to describe Hooters girls on the company website include “captivating, approachable, upbeat, intelligent and attentive.” Hospitality for customers starts with a greeting at the door and remains a hallmark of each customer’s visit. The successful Hooters Girl helps each customer set aside the stresses of the workday and unwind. This attitude is reflected in the company motto SERVE, which stands for Show you care, Elevate the spirit, Respect everyone, Value feedback and Exceed expectations.
In addition to a distinctive look and attitude, experience in the food service industry can help you become a Hooters Girl. You need to be comfortable handling cash and observing proper hygiene and clean food-handling practices. Study the menu. A Hooters Girl should know all the offerings and new additions to the food and beverage selections. You’re responsible for the quality of the orders you serve. You’re also responsible for monitoring the alcohol intake of customers and knowing when someone has had enough to drink. You need to keep your uniform freshly laundered and, of course, you need to show up for work on time.
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