✨ WHAT SUPPLIES DO YOU NEED TO START RESTAURANT WORK?? ✨
Last week I wrote a post about the gripping power of Shoes For Crews, an essential part of a Server or Chefs Uniform. 👟 But what else do you need to work in a Restaurant?!? We all have our preferences, and I see questions about what supplies are needed to start this kind of work all the time! If you're new to #FoodServices, here are some tips on what to bring!🤵🏻♀️🧑🏽🍳
The #1 most coveted item by Servers is their favorite pens! 🖊 For Bartenders, their favorite bottle opener. 🍷 And Chefs, their own personal knife kit. 🔪 👨🍳
Normally when you start, the Restaurant itself will give you a few basic supplies, but there are some you will need to buy on your own or bring from home. ✏️🖊 If there are lockers in the Staff area for purses and bags, you will have to get a combination lock for those to keep your valuables safe. 🔒💸
In addition to Non-Slip Shoes, you may need to adhere to guidelines about what you can wear for pants and shirts also. 👖👚 They may provide you with a branded uniform shirt, or ask that you stick to a certain color range. 🖤💙 The worst case scenario is working at a Restaurant that has an expensive uniform that they require you to buy, maybe with a small employee discount. 💸
In your apron you will need to carry cash and coins to make change for checks, and use to tip out fellow workers. 💰🪙 💵 Sometimes you’ll have access to a cash register and can use that to make change or complete transactions with checks - but it is important to have cash on you to make your own change in a pinch! 🤑 Plus you’ll likely have cash from your tips, that you’ll be keeping in your apron anyway!! 💸
Some other small basics you may keep in your apron, are things like 💄💋 chapstick, 🔥🕯 a lighter for the candles in the Restaurant, 🍬 mints if you plan to have a secret snack hidden in the kitchen, or slip out for a cigarette, 🚬 and extra check books for Receipts that need to be cashed out. 🧾
Obviously the CROWN JEWEL 👑💎 of a waitresses apron these days, is mini Hand Sanitizer, but frequent hand washing with soap is also still necessary!! 🧼
✨ WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO BRING TO YOUR SHIFT AS A SERVER?!? WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO KEEP WITH YOU WHEN YOU’RE WORKING AT A RESTAURANT?!? WHAT OTHER SUPPLIES ARE ESSENTIAL FOR THIS KIND OF WORK?!? ✨
✨ WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK IN A RESTAURANT AS YOUR FIRST JOB?!? ✨
I’ve been seeing a lot of younger Jobcasers on the App lately, looking for their #FirstJob!! 💓 I’d love to write a post to help them specifically, or anyone looking to break into Restaurant Work for the first time! 💞 👋
The idea of getting your first job can be extremely daunting on its own, but the thought of working in a fast paced Restaurant where everyone is flying around, doing a dozen tasks at once, can be even more terrifying! 🏃🏻♀️🤯 ❤️🔥 😰 😮💨
Don’t worry though, breaking into #FoodServices is much easier than it looks! 💓 I expressed on a recent post how to use all of your life experience and skills you’ve learned in school to show who you are on a resume or application, but I’ll summarize here also. 📄 👩🎓 🏋️♂️
If you have experience playing sports in high school, you may love a position as a Busser or a Dishwasher! These are great ways to start at a Restaurant, and somewhat physically demanding jobs. ⛹️🧑🍳 🧼 🍽 With both, the Restaurant will train you in their own ways of doing things, and hopefully give you the instructions you need to how to do your job correctly. 📝💓🗒
As a Busser it is likely you’ll start with smaller tasks, like clearing dirty plates and glasses and taking them back to the Dish Pit. 🍴 When washing dishes, you’ll often be trained by another dishwasher and also should be able to figure out the job pretty intuitively. 🍽 🥣 🧼🧽
Another great place to start in the Front of the House for a first timer, would be as a Hostess! 🥰 Being a Hostess at a local Restaurant can be a wonderful role for a teen that doesn’t have a lot of time to put into work, and needs a job they can do without many special skills. 🤩 I’ve worked with a lot of high schoolers who were in this role before, and they usually found the job to be a good fit for them and their schedules. You just need a friendly attitude, and a desire to help patrons to their tables! Someone who has engaged with a lot of extracurricular activities or is a very extraverted people person could thrive in this position! 🙋♀️ 🏫 📆
✨ ARE YOU LOOKING FOR YOUR FIRST JOB?!? HAVE YOU CONSIDERED WORKING AT A RESTAURANT OR HOTEL? WAS THAT YOUR FIRST JOB WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER?? ✨
✨ IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WORKING IN HOSPITALITY, JOIN US IN THE JOBCASE RESTAURANT AND HOSPITALITY SUPERSTARS GROUP! YOU’LL FIND EXPERIENCED WORKERS AND EXPERTS SHARING THEIR WISDOM TOGETHER, SO WE CAN ALL HAVE A BETTER TIME AT WORK! ✨ 😁
Interviews always make me nervous even though I have numerous restaurant experiences.
You should search for restaurant cuisine before going to an interview.
Refresh your memory for wine and alcohol knowledge.
Find your BASSET (alcohol handling) and ServSafe (food handling) certifications.
Refresh your memory for the last two position responsibilities and skill sets you used in your job.
Dressed professionally and smile!
Common restaurant interview questions:
Tell me about yourself
The best answer to this question is by walking through your resume and explaining your duties and responsibilities in your previous jobs.
Can you tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult customer? How did you handle it?
We have all dealt with rude and difficult customers before. All you need to show in your story is that you handled the situation be calmed and respectfully.
Why do you want to work at this restaurant?
You need always research the executive chef, cuisine, and nominations. Based on your search you should create your answer to it.
Can you tell me about a mistake you've made on the job and how you handled it?
Nobody wants to do mistakes in the perfect world! But we are not living in that perfect world. All they want is to see how you learn from your mistakes and solve the problem.
These are what I remembered about the restaurant interview process and questions. Please, share your experience with a comment with us.
Hello. Before you go to an interview, theses few tips are helpful. Be able to describe how your experiences and skills would benefit the company. Anticipate possible questions you might be asked and have the answers prepared. Have your questions ready for the hiring Manager. Here a few suggested questions that you can ask. Do you have any questions about my resume? What are the future plans of the company? When will you make your decision about this job?
Wishing success in your job search journey.
Before any interview I always remind myself the other person is human & to relax! Also be overly prepared, do your research on the company, anticipate the questions you will be asked.
Hello Everyone, I just want to share my story, I'm the kind of person that usually goes from job to job within days of working because I'm never happy at jobs. I got married in June 2022, and altbalthoughmy Husband is a great provider and a hard worker, I knew that if I could get and hold on to a good job we can acheive our dreams, because now a days it takes 2 to make a thing go right. Anyway, Now I have a great job, and the pay is decent. I love the fact that I work for a non profit agency assisting youth that may have aged out of Foster Care. These teens are not always easy to deal with but that doesn’t stop me from doing my Job; For example I love to cook, and I cook them delicious meals every day . My job is also very flexible, I go grocery shopping for the home and make sure they do their chores. I just Thank God for Blessing me with a job I finally feel like I can retire from. We will be purchasing our first home soon. # #aboutmyjob
For me it was the diversification. Am trained to do different job in the company. worked in accounts,Procurement,audit,store sales,customer service etc.
Front-of-the-house workers make their money on tips. It is a smart move to research restaurants before applying for a job.
To read restaurant reviews and check their rate on Google and Yelp. Since I have been working in restaurants, it is easy to understand which reviews are real and which are not.
Don’t judge the restaurant by the cover! I was dining a couple of times and I saw that the restaurant was busy on weekdays for dinner and lunch. After I started working there, the restaurant had over stuff. Even though the restaurant was busy, we weren't making money.
It is always good to check out the restaurant on different days and times, but I recommend you talk with workers and ask them how much they make on average days and weeks.
If you know someone who has already worked there, it is a great source for learning about the job. Your person informs you downside and how much money the average making in a week. Also, the person recommends you for the job, which helps you get the job faster.
How would you find a new restaurant applying for a job? Would you prefer to research before applying for jobs? Please, share your experience with us.
All of these tips are such an important part of checking out a Restaurant before applying! I always try to go in as a Customer first to scope out the way they do things, observe the mood of the staff, and see how busy they are. Talking to someone who works there is even better, but sometimes thats not possible. It's really important to read reviews also, so you understand the strengths and weaknesses of the Restaurant before your interview! Awesome post! 🖤✨
Yes I would like restaurant working and need get out of my house and get my mind off
Great experience and advantage to expose to other people to learn different leadership skill to solve issues.
It was always 2 person job and if I get anything wrong, the other person would do the two person verification requirements. Doing that we make no mistakes.
Restaurant workers make their vital earn money from tips. The restaurant pays hourly lower than minimum wage, and as restaurant workers, we know that gratuity is guaranteed money for us.
It is hard to deny that waiting for six people and more parties required a lot of work while occupying a big part of your section. When you are a server, it is good to know relief us that your hard work gets paid.
Other issues with automatic gratuity are double tipping. I worked in a couple of restaurants where you must let customers know that gratuity had already been added to the check. Restaurants may receive a call from customers about double tipping.
I was waiting for a table with ten people business group. I circled the automatic gratuity in the check, but I didn’t have a chance to let them know verbally. As a result, I got double tipped from that table. A couple of people from the group were still sitting at the bar. I approached them and explained the situation. I told them if they want, they scratch the tips because I had already got my money from automatic gratuity. A guy told me that keep the tip, but I bought them a premium drink for which I kept the %60 tip.
Nowadays, I work in a restaurant where we don’t allow to add a gratuity for a party of 6 people. I rarely see people not tip their server, but this is the restaurant policy.
What is your experience with a gratuity as a server or customer? Please, share your experience with us.
I invite everybody who has interest and experience with hospitality to our group “Restaurant & Hospitality Superstars” Please, join our group and share your experience with us.
Most servers don't make minimum wage because servers live on tips and do claim on income tax when it's time to file taxes. So rarely tipping is not cool! They are providing you a service and do count on that money to live on.
You're so right, not just physically draining but mentally, having to remember details.