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Old 10-23-2008, 02:45 PM
 
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Default Is it hard to get a job in a restaurant?

My latest worry (there's always at LEAST one thing I'm having a panic attack about) is that I'll be left penniless in Los Angeles. I'm moving with just over $8000 and plan to get a job (waitressing) right away, but I was going over my budget today and started panicking that I won't have one before my money runs out.

Are they generally easy to find? It might sound like a trivial question, but when you're doing the London - L.A thing, there's so much to think about!

As always, opinions appreciated!!
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Old 10-23-2008, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Hollywood Hills
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It won't be hard...even easier if you have experience serving. Also, check Craigslist...you'll find an abundance of waiter positions.
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Old 10-23-2008, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Burbank
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It won't be hard...even easier if you have experience serving. Also, check Craigslist...you'll find an abundance of waiter positions.
True, but there are alot of people trying to get them. I know a couple girls who are having trouble finding waitress jobs. Normally, I'd say absolutely, but the economy is really bad, especially here.
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Old 10-23-2008, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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It will come down to 3 things:

Looks
Experience
Personality

The more of those things you have the better your chances
There's plenty of these jobs to be had. I say you should have no problem finding one in a month or so at the most if you are ambitious.
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Old 10-23-2008, 03:55 PM
 
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It will come down to 3 things:

Looks
Experience
Personality
Ethnicity, too -- managers of ethnic restaurants will not hire people of ethnicities that differ from that of the restaurant. There are European themed restaurants that will hire a variety of people, and some soul food places that will as well, but those are the only exceptions.
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:56 PM
 
Location: South Pasadena
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We don't go out to eat as often as we used to, and I think alot of people are in the same position. Last few times we have been out it was quite remakrable how empty some of the restaurants felt. An example, we went to a Romano's Macaroni grill for my birthday recently. Used to be you had to wait at least 20 or 30 minutes for a table. The night we went (I think it was a Saturday) I counted at least 10 empty tables.
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Old 10-23-2008, 07:04 PM
 
Location: California
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My latest worry (there's always at LEAST one thing I'm having a panic attack about) is that I'll be left penniless in Los Angeles. I'm moving with just over $8000 and plan to get a job (waitressing) right away, but I was going over my budget today and started panicking that I won't have one before my money runs out.

Are they generally easy to find? It might sound like a trivial question, but when you're doing the London - L.A thing, there's so much to think about!

As always, opinions appreciated!!
Youre bound to find something to hold you over until you find the job you want. Like, if you cant find a waiting job right away, you could apply at a supermarket, video store, clothing store, or any kind of retail to make some cash until you find a better job.

But I dont think it'll be too hard to find a service job.
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Old 10-23-2008, 08:04 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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I went to a Cheesecake Factory over the weekend.... for the first time ever, we didn't have to wait for a table.

By the way, if you move here, check them out for a server position. Also check out Claim Jumper. If you have the accent, you might find employment at what passes for English pubs in So Cal.
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:15 AM
 
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I wish you good luck finding a job right away, 8 grand might seem like a lot of money, but in LA if your'e not careful, you could end up spending all that in a week
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:39 AM
 
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Thanks guys, gives me some clues. Yamota, that's why it's been worrying me - I know that money goes like water when you're moving overseas!
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