How to Prepare for a Waitress Job


If you have recently gotten a waitress job, there are ways you can prepare for your new position. A waitress spends a lot of time on her feet, caring for hungry diners and serving food. Before you put on a waitress apron and grab an order pad, take a little time to get yourself ready for your new job. Familiarize yourself with your restaurant’s brand so you will be a useful member of the service team.

Things You'll Need

  • Pedicure set
  • Manicure set
  • Supportive shoes
  • Shoe inserts
  • Uniform
  • Health card
  • Menu
  • Give yourself a pedicure. Waitresses depend on their feet to work, so you should start your job with your feet in mind. Clip your toenails and treat bunions. Then scrub your feet and moisturize them.

  • Give yourself a manicure. Remove old nail polish, clean nails and trim them. If you want to use a polish, apply a clear one. Some health departments and restaurants prefer nail polish to be clear, if it is allowed at all.

  • Visit your local Board of Health and apply for a food handler’s card. It may require you to view a film and take some type of written or oral test.

  • Buy some comfortable shoes. They should have rubber, slip resistant soles and offer your knees and feet shock support. Shoes should cover the foot completely. For additional support, add sole inserts.

  • Pick out your clothing. Many restaurants have dress codes, and most prefer you to wear certain colors, such as white shirts and black pants. Check with the hiring manager for direction on what to buy. They may provide uniforms for you to wear.

  • Familiarize yourself with the menu of the restaurant. Knowing what side orders are available and how the restaurant cooks them is important.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have never been a waitress before, spend some time watching a server who provides good service. Ask a waitress at your restaurant if she would train you.

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