How to become a waiter or waitress

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Becoming waiter is so much more than taking people’s orders, taking their food to their table and then collecting the

payment at the end. It’s a very popular job, a job that can lead to a remarkable number of roles across different

restaurants, bars, events and gatherings. Furthermore, it does serve young people great; as the first role on the way to

much greater steps up the hospitality ladder.

What can you expect from a job as a waiter, and what kind of skill does waiter job require? What standards do you need

to meet? Its hugely popular career option, especially in big cities like London, New York, Paris … Let us guide you through

Job basics

-Entry wage:  Starting  £15,000 per year

-Experienced wage: £20,000+per year

-Weekly hours: 35-40 (full-time); 15-20 (part-time)

What do waiters do?

-Welcoming guests, take orders, and serve them

– Answer to any questions or complaints

– Knowledge of technology provided for taking payments

– Recommend the daily food specials, offers and let costumers know of any sales

-Reset  and clean  tables between guests

-Perfect Communication with the kitchen staff, dietary requirements or allergies of costumers

Qualities you need to have as a waiter ?

Luckily, most waiting jobs have a degree of flexibility when it comes to qualifications. It’s a popular job among students

and those looking to get a role where they can learn on the go. That said, if you’re in university or at college and want to

make the most of it, then look to get into Hospitality or Catering, and work from there. You could also do a short course

that’s waiter-specific, too – it might literally only be a morning or afternoon, but you could learn a lot in very little time

indeed!

However, you need to have your eyes on the bottom line. You’ll be dealing with numbers, and with big orders – even with

the help of a trusty notepad, or even a more up-to-date iPad – you need an incredible memory to remember the different

parts of an order, from allergies to simply the way people prefer their food or drink.

You’ll also need a steady hand (especially if you’re carrying food), perfect hygiene, and a level of unflappability; after all,

you could be waiting on lots of tables at once, so you can’t be seduced by stress when trying to (not literally) spin plates

throughout a shift

How do I become qualified?

Luckily, most waiting jobs have a degree of flexibility when it comes to qualifications. It’s a popular job among students

and those looking to get a role where they can learn on the go. That said, if you’re in university or at college and want to

make the most of it, then look to get into Hospitality or Catering, and work from there. You could also do a short course

that’s waiter-specific, too – it might literally only be a morning or afternoon, but you could learn a lot in very little time

indeed!

We’ve got jobs for you

Sick of waiting for a waiting job? No need to sit around – we could have the perfect thing just for you.

To find out more about booking a professional, reputable caterer for any private or corporate events in London, talk to Zjcatering today.

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