Waitressing Jobs Windham ME
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Waiter / Waitress
How to become a Waiter or Waitress
Most chain restaurants provide server training for members of their staff, either on- or off-site. This may involve learning in a classroom setting and/or shadowing an experienced server for a period of time. A high school diploma is usually the maximum educational requirement for such positions and oftentimes, even this isn't necessary.
Fine dining facilities, such as those owned by celebrity chefs, at hotels like the Ritz-Carlton, high-end clubs and banquet halls and resort/cruise ship operators, might also provide server training. However, to secure a position with such employers, one often has to show evidence that they have a sustained history of serving in mid-to-upper level dining establishments. Such businesses may also want documented evidence that an applicant has training in sommelier arts or other cuisine skills; this might, for example, include experience gained at culinary arts schools, like Le Cordon Bleu, The Art Institutes or any number of on-line education providers.
At whatever level one aspires to work, most servers acquire the bulk of their training on-the-job, that is, while working as a waiter or waitress. The one exception would be private, domestic serving, where one might be expected to attend a domestic service training program such as those that educate chauffeurs and butlers in their duties. The requirements for serving at the residences of political figures, for example, presidents, governors and ambassadors or at assisted living facilities may be even stricter, requiring background checks, government oversight and even some form of licensing.
What does a Waiter do?
Waiters and waitresses attend customers or employers in domestic and assisted-living settings, by serving food and beverages. As this suggests, waiting staff work for a diverse range of employers, including hotels, restaurants, private and public clubs, banquet facilities, cruise ships, vacation resorts and households. Most servers wear uniforms, either as extensions of a given restaurant's brand or as required by the formal atmosphere maintained by their employer.
Such a diverse set of opportunities means serving is one of the most popular jobs in the world. Frequently, it is also one of the most flexible in terms of scheduling. That, combined with its relative lack of off-the-clock demands, means it's frequently the preferred day-job of aspiring creative professionals, writers, musicians, actors etc. However, many servers, especially those in high-end restaurants, resorts, cruise ships, and in domestic settings, consider themselves career professionals and aspire to work in top restaurants, households and other facilities around the world.
What skills or qualities do I need to become a Waiter / Waitress?
Any effective server must be able to constructively interact with people. This is the occupation's primary skill and the quality that defines successful waiters and waitresses. Clearly, this ...