How to Apply for a Waitressing Job

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A waitress job can turn into a full-time career, or it can serve as part-time work while in school or as a second job. There is steady cash flow with daily tips for efficient service. Whether an experienced professional or a newcomer to the profession, a prospective waitress can only get a job if she applies for it. There are ways to increase your chances of landing a waitress job.

  • Call the manager and schedule a time. While some prospective waitresses may be tempted to stop at a restaurant and ask to see the manager, it's generally best to call ahead of time. The lunch and dinner rush can be hectic and leave the manager unavailable to talk. Ask for the best time to come in when it's relatively quiet.

  • Dress the part. Before visiting the establishment, scout ahead and get an idea of how waitresses who work there dress. Pick clothes that resemble their attire. If they wear uniforms, either wear something similar or dress in business casual. You want the manager to visualize you in the position.

  • Bring your resume. If you've waitressed before, list where you've worked and the dates you held the position. Even if you haven't waitressed before, list other professional experience. If this is your first job, highlight your skills and educational experience.

  • Answer questions. The manager may schedule an interview with you at a later time or he may ask you questions on the spot. Come prepared with answers for basic questions, like why you believe you'd be an effective waitress and what previous experience you've had serving food. Speak clearly. Communication is a key skill for a waitress.

  • Volunteer to audition. If there's little training required for the position, volunteer to audition on the spot by taking a few orders and serving a few meals. He may decline, but he'll likely respect your confidence. If he puts you to work, take your time. At this point, precision is more important than speed.

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