The restaurant industry is an amazing place to work in right now. 90% of foodservice employees believe that restaurants provide an opportunity for hard-working people to succeed. And 3 out of 4 employees say working in a restaurant offers opportunities for upward mobility.

The key is to be prepared for one of the fastest-paced, most dynamic environments around. There’s lots to learn, beyond just the menu, to ensure that your successful. You will most likely be paired with an experienced staff member, manager, or trainer to show you the ropes. Remember, no matter how independent or confident you are, your trainer is there to help you succeed at your new job. They’ll share valuable knowledge with you that will ultimately help you provide better customer service (which means bigger tips), so treat your trainer with respect and listen to their guidance.

Timeliness is important for any job, but it’s absolutely essential in a restaurant – just one late employee can cause major problems in the kitchen or on the floor that impacts everyone. Being punctual, or even a bit early, sends the message that you take this new job seriously and sets you apart from those who don’t. If you want to work your way up the ladder (or if you just want to keep your job), being on time is required. Bonus - it gives you a chance to mentally prepare and get in the right mindset for the busy day ahead.

Being inquisitive at a new job is always a good thing, but certain questions can make it seem like you’re counting the minutes until you can clock out, or that you’re not really invested in the position. The number one most despised question is What time do I finish?” . Know your schedule so it never comes up. Another question to aovid (for awhile) - “Can I have next weekend off?” Wait at least a month after you start before requesting time off.

The foodservice industry employs 14.4 million people in the US, comprising 10 percent of the country’s workforce, and the number of people working in this sector will continue to grow. If you're looking for an exciting, fast-paced job, working at a restaurant just may be the right fit.

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