They say variety is the spice of life – and it certainly flavours the world of waiting.
One of the reasons that this sort of work can be attractive is that there are just so many places that waiting staff can turn their hands to working at. The same goes for those in a range of other restaurant jobs.
As a member of waiting staff you could be working at any number of types of venue, from low key to incredibly up-market – meaning that many of the skills you pick up in one role could be transferable to a variety of other exciting locations.
Have you thought about these sorts of places that can often have waiting jobs going?
The art gallery and museum
Art gallery and museum restaurants give people the chance to have something great to eat as part of a daytrip. If, for example, you'd like to mix your work with a spot of culture, being able to explore exciting exhibits before or after your shift, they can be really great places to work. These museums are often very well known brands, too, which can look great on your CV.
Lunchtime catering staff don't have quite the same roles as waiting staff, but you'll certainly have some transferable skills for this sort of work if you've done waiting. It will give you the chance to work in an excitable, school environment, serving young people as they enjoy their dinners. You may be expected to do some work getting food ready, too.
The little local
Little local restaurants can give you the feeling that you're really helping someone with their own small business. Having just a few tables to serve could really help you feel like you can dedicate lots of time to each customer.
Waiting in a cafe could be a job that involves more coffee making and cake cutting than in a restaurant! Another thing to keep in mind is that the hours might well be different, with a lot of cafes closing in the evening, and so not in action as late-on as eateries that stay open to serve dinner to diners.
The global cuisine restaurant
Chinese, Indian, Thai and Italian – and almost any other culinary background you care to mention. Many restaurants focus on a particular cuisine, and your working environment might well be reflected in that, as well as what you're carrying on your plates.
If you know some of the language of the country a restaurant is trying to evoke with its food, why not mention this at interview? It could certainly help you when it comes to telling people about the dishes on the menu!
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