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Old 07-20-2013, 12:17 PM
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I was making almost $40k a year waiting tables at a nice restaurant in a tiny little rural town. I knew some servers in California making $90k-$120k at really nice places like The French Laundry or Ella's.

That said, these jobs don't offer much stability, benefits are non-existent and moving up in a restaurant is difficult and involves working 50+ hour workweeks at any decent restaurant. In my experience, restaurant work on the management level has very little balance between work and life.

So while I am most certainly willing to take a waiting job (I would bartend but my experience is limited there) I am definitely not going to consider it a long-term gig. While restaurant workers can make good money and be successful, I do certainly believe there is a reason those types jobs are considered by most to be, and I hate to be pejorative, "crappy".

Almost any job where there are 100 people vying for each position you have available is probably going to be considered a "crappy" job because that employer has little incentive to make it a "good" job.

When I managed a restaurant while in college I never, ever had a shortage of potential employees. If a waiter didn't like his shift I would tell him too bad because I knew I could have someone in to replace him in a day. The exceptions to this would be places like French Laundry, where servers with that level of knowledge and professionalism are hard to find.

Just my two cents.
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:14 PM
Location: The Old Dominion
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Good advice in this thread. Emphasize only the work you did which pertains to the work you want.

Date using years only if you dare (e.g. 2009-2010)

Put your education last not first. HTH
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