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RESTAURANT SERVER: There's So Much Passion Behind The Food That Gets Served To You

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Siamac, is a Restaurant Server; he shares what his work day is like, how he got his job and what he knows now about this line of work. He credits being good with people, being a good at service and his knowledge of wine with helping him land his job. His advice: get used to working at night, being social and getting along with co-workers.

Job Title: Restaurant Server

Job Summary: Waiters and Waitresses

Job Description

Waiters and waitresses take orders and serve food and beverages to customers in dining establishments. Waiters and waitresses, also called servers, are responsible for ensuring that customers have a satisfying dining experience. The specific duties of servers vary considerably with the establishment in which they work.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training can be expected.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$15,000 - $25,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Indoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Verbal communication skills, Teamwork, Strength/stamina, People skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Recommended majors
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Hospitality
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<span m='14040'>day</span> <span m='14290'>looks</span> <span m='14390'>like</span> <span m='15045'>I</span> <span m='15410'>get</span> <span m='15590'>there</span> <span m='15870'>around</span> <span m='16280'>6</span> <span m='16650'>o'clock,</span> <span m='17160'>6:00</span> <span m='17420'>PM,</span> <span m='17840'>and</span> <span m='17970'>that's,</span> <span m='18280'>like,</span> <span m='18520'>crazy</span> <span m='18910'>to</span> <span m='19010'>most</span> <span m='19240'>people</span> <span m='19510'>because</span> <span m='19680'>you would</span> <span m='19860'>think,</span> <span m='20720'>like,</span> <span m='20880'>OK.</span> <span m='21260'>All</span> <span m='22360'>your</span> <span m='22520'>interviews</span> <span m='23070'>are</span> <span m='23220'>about</span> <span m='23710'>nine-to-fivers.</span> <span m='24850'>And</span> <span m='25660'>me--</span> <span m='26110'>I'm</span> <span m='26400'>working</span> <span m='26830'>when</span> <span m='26950'>everyone</span> <span m='27230'>else</span> <span m='27450'>is</span> <span m='27560'>off</span> <span m='28550'>And</span> <span m='29210'>working</span> <span m='29530'>around</span> <span m='29750'>food,</span> <span m='30130'>which</span> <span m='30320'>I</span> <span m='30390'>love.</span> <span m='30990'>The</span> <span m='31240'>food's</span> <span m='31530'>really</span> <span m='31720'>good</span> <span m='31900'>there.</span> <span m='32390'>We</span> <span m='32500'>get</span> <span m='32659'>fed,</span> <span m='34510'>and</span> <span m='34880'>the</span> <span m='34940'>chefs</span> <span m='35320'>are really</span> <span m='35620'>cool.</span> <span m='35910'>I</span> <span m='35960'>get</span> <span m='36080'>to</span> <span m='36520'>talk</span> <span m='36750'>to</span> <span m='36860'>them,</span> <span m='37300'>and</span> <span m='37790'>they</span> <span m='38320'>teach</span> <span m='38540'>me</span> <span m='38640'>a</span> <span m='38700'>lot</span> <span m='38840'>about</span> <span m='39750'>culinary</span> <span m='40390'>arts</span> <span m='40760'>and</span> <span m='40940'>stuff.</span> </p><p><span m='42150'>And</span> <span m='43010'>so</span> <span m='43180'>I</span> <span m='43260'>get</span> <span m='43420'>there</span> <span m='43600'>around</span> <span m='43930'>six,</span> <span m='44380'>and</span> <span m='44890'>I</span> <span m='46010'>serve</span> <span m='46400'>people.</span> <span m='46760'>Yeah, I</span> <span m='47060'>serve</span> <span m='47210'>food.</span> <span m='47530'>And</span> <span m='47670'>I</span> <span m='47730'>get</span> <span m='47860'>off</span> <span m='48050'>around</span> <span m='48380'>12,</span> <span m='49090'>which</span> <span m='49320'>is</span> <span m='49620'>kind</span> <span m='49810'>of</span> <span m='49880'>late.</span> <span m='50230'>But</span> <span m='51190'>you</span> <span m='51300'>adjust,</span> <span m='51880'>I</span> <span m='51940'>guess.</span> <span m='52260'>You</span> <span m='52400'>acclimate.</span> </p><p><span m='53110'>It</span> <span m='53180'>was</span> <span m='53300'>actually</span> <span m='53520'>pretty easy.</span> <span m='53830'>I kind</span> <span m='54240'>of</span> <span m='54330'>lied</span> <span m='55070'>on</span> <span m='55230'>my</span> <span m='55320'>resume,</span> <span m='57430'>and</span> <span m='58480'>I</span> <span m='58830'>started</span> <span m='59190'>working</span> <span m='59510'>there.</span> <span m='59790'>I'm</span> <span m='59980'>kind</span> <span m='60170'>of</span> <span m='60240'>good</span> <span m='60390'>with</span> <span m='60540'>people</span> <span m='61050'>and</span> <span m='61480'>good</span> <span m='61950'>with</span> <span m='64870'>food</span> <span m='65220'>and</span> <span m='65550'>service.</span> <span m='67060'>I know</span> <span m='67180'>a</span> <span m='67300'>little</span> <span m='67520'>bit</span> <span m='67660'>about</span> <span m='67950'>wine.</span> <span m='68800'>And</span> <span m='69480'>yeah,</span> <span m='70390'>it's</span> <span m='70890'>pretty</span> <span m='71080'>easy</span> <span m='71340'>actually.</span> </p><p><span m='71940'>What</span> <span m='72260'>do</span> <span m='72390'>I</span> <span m='72480'>know</span> <span m='72770'>now</span> <span m='74420'>other</span> <span m='74810'>then when</span> <span m='74980'>I</span> <span m='75030'>first</span> <span m='75550'>started?</span> <span m='76150'>I</span> <span m='76220'>know</span> <span m='76390'>a</span> <span m='76440'>lot</span> <span m='76620'>more</span> <span m='76780'>about</span> <span m='77020'>food</span> <span m='77840'>and</span> <span m='78680'>the</span> <span m='78740'>preparation</span> <span m='79340'>that</span> <span m='79460'>goes</span> <span m='79700'>behind</span> <span m='80120'>it.</span> <span m='80340'>It's not</span> <span m='80605'>just</span> <span m='80870'>like</span> <span m='81950'>you</span> <span m='82190'>order</span> <span m='82440'>something,</span> <span m='82990'>and</span> <span m='83780'>it's</span> <span m='84010'>made.</span> <span m='84470'>And</span> <span m='84590'>it's</span> <span m='84730'>right</span> <span m='85010'>there in</span> <span m='85150'>front</span> <span m='85340'>of</span> <span m='85380'>you.</span> <span m='85770'>But it</span> <span m='85840'>goes</span> <span m='86040'>through</span> <span m='86240'>this</span> <span m='87020'>strenuous</span> <span m='87670'>process</span> <span m='88270'>and</span> <span m='89090'>takes,</span> <span m='89540'>like,</span> <span m='89820'>days</span> <span m='90330'>almost</span> <span m='90700'>like</span> <span m='90860'>when</span> <span m='90960'>you</span> <span m='91030'>have</span> <span m='91170'>to</span> <span m='92520'>prepare</span> <span m='92960'>stuff</span> <span m='93550'>and</span> <span m='94640'>marinate</span> <span m='95430'>and</span> <span m='96340'>ferment</span> <span m='96750'>it</span> <span m='97160'>and</span> <span m='97410'>all</span> <span m='97610'>this</span> <span m='97810'>stuff.</span> </p><p><span m='98610'>There's</span> <span m='98760'>so</span> <span m='98990'>much</span> <span m='99270'>passion</span> <span m='100380'>behind</span> <span m='100960'>the</span> <span m='101120'>food</span> <span m='101490'>that</span> <span m='101610'>gets</span> <span m='101800'>served</span> <span m='102110'>to you.</span> <span m='102850'>A</span> <span m='102900'>lot</span> <span m='103160'>of</span> <span m='103220'>people</span> <span m='103460'>don't</span> <span m='103670'>notice.</span> <span m='104110'>It</span> <span m='104290'>goes</span> <span m='104540'>over</span> <span m='104700'>their</span> <span m='104840'>heads,</span> <span m='105170'>and they just</span> <span m='105500'>order</span> <span m='105800'>a</span> <span m='105830'>piece</span> <span m='106070'>of</span> <span m='106130'>chicken</span> <span m='106550'>and</span> <span m='106740'>think,</span> <span m='107000'>OK.</span> <span m='108280'>That</span> <span m='108510'>chicken</span> <span m='108800'>tasted</span> <span m='109170'>good,</span> <span m='109360'>but</span> <span m='109600'>they</span> <span m='109630'>should</span> <span m='109810'>probably</span> <span m='110060'>understand</span> <span m='110400'>that</span> <span m='111720'>a</span> <span m='111830'>lot</span> <span m='112030'>of</span> <span m='112130'>love</span> <span m='112440'>gets</span> <span m='112660'>put</span> <span m='112830'>into</span> <span m='113040'>that</span> <span m='113280'>food</span> <span m='113720'>before</span> <span m='113870'>they eat</span> <span m='114200'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='114680'>If</span> <span m='114870'>you</span> <span m='115020'>want</span> <span m='115220'>a</span> <span m='115270'>restaurant</span> <span m='115760'>job,</span> <span m='116510'>it's</span> <span m='116810'>cool.</span> <span m='119310'>You</span> <span m='119470'>should</span> <span m='119750'>probably</span> <span m='122120'>get</span> <span m='122600'>used</span> <span m='122860'>to</span> <span m='123980'>working</span> <span m='124420'>at</span> <span m='124620'>night.</span> <span m='125660'>It</span> <span m='126030'>throws</span> <span m='126400'>a</span> <span m='126440'>lot</span> <span m='126580'>of</span> <span m='126630'>people--</span> <span m='127190'>like,</span> <span m='127510'>a</span> <span m='128449'>sleep</span> <span m='128800'>schedule</span> <span m='129330'>off</span> <span m='129840'>and</span> <span m='130070'>their</span> <span m='130199'>circadian</span> <span m='130820'>rhythm</span> <span m='131930'>but</span> <span m='132410'>get</span> <span m='132640'>used</span> <span m='132740'>to</span> <span m='132960'>that,</span> <span m='133470'>get</span> <span m='133640'>used</span> <span m='133930'>to</span> <span m='134530'>just</span> <span m='134920'>chopping</span> <span m='135180'>it</span> <span m='135430'>up</span> <span m='135560'>with</span> <span m='135710'>people,</span> <span m='136960'>being</span> <span m='138170'>social,</span> <span m='140060'>getting</span> <span m='140280'>along</span> <span m='140600'>with</span> <span m='140750'>coworkers,</span> <span m='141870'>and,</span> <span m='144150'>yeah.</span> <span m='145290'>If</span> <span m='145590'>you're</span> <span m='145730'>not</span> <span m='145950'>really</span> <span m='146460'>used</span> <span m='146710'>to</span> <span m='146810'>that</span> <span m='146960'>nine-to-five</span> <span m='147510'>stuff,</span> <span m='147740'>then</span> <span m='148220'>I</span> <span m='148700'>think it</span> <span m='148840'>might</span> <span m='149080'>be</span> <span m='149390'>a</span> <span m='149700'>good</span> <span m='150010'>choice</span> <span m='150230'>for you.</span> 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