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Become A Waitress/Bartender

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Working As A Waitress/Bartender

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Selling or Influencing Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $17,343

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Waitress/Bartender does

  • Take food and drink orders.
  • Learned excellent communication skills as well as people skills.
  • Developed time management, organizational, and people skills.
  • Explain how various menu items are prepared, describing ingredients and cooking methods.
  • General bartending and waitress duties.
  • Answer questions regarding the menu and food preparation.
  • Confirm, repeat and enter orders into POS.
  • Inform customers of daily specials.
  • cook, cash outs, stocking, outstanding customer service
  • Serve food, make drinks, and stock liquor Clean tables, dishes, server station, and bar
  • Handle money, organized and memorize orders.
  • Total the meal costs and add taxes for the guest's bill.
  • Check patrons' identification to ensure that they meet minimum age requirements.
  • Prepare list of overall meal costs along with sales taxes.
  • Write patrons' food orders on order slips and enter them into the computer to be processed.
  • Communicated effectively with customers and staff to provide quality customer service
  • Set up and coordinated special events and private parties.
  • Delivered food and beverage orders within established time frames.
  • Serve food and drinks to customers, money handeling, dealing with customer complaints

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How To Become A Waitress/Bartender

Most waiter and waitress jobs are entry level, and workers learn through short-term on-the-job training. No formal education or previous work experience is required to enter the occupation.

Most states require workers who serve alcoholic beverages to be at least 18 years of age, but some states require servers to be older. Waiters and waitresses who serve alcohol must be familiar with state and local laws concerning the sale of alcoholic beverages.


No formal education is required to become a waiter or waitress.


Most waiters and waitresses learn their skills through short-term on-the-job-training, usually lasting a few weeks. Trainees typically work with an experienced waiter or waitress, who teaches them basic serving techniques.

Some full-service restaurants provide new employees with some form of classroom training that alternates with periods of on-the-job work experience. These training programs communicate the operating philosophy of the restaurant, help new servers establish a rapport with other staff, teach serving techniques, and instill a desire to work as a team. They also discuss customer service situations and the proper ways to handle unpleasant circumstances or unruly customers.

Training for waiters and waitresses in establishments that serve alcohol typically involves learning state and local laws concerning the sale of alcoholic beverages. Some states, counties, and cities mandate the training, which typically lasts a few hours and can be taken online or in-house.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Waiters and waitresses must listen carefully to customers’ specific requests, ask questions, and relay the information to the kitchen staff, so that orders are prepared to the customers’ satisfaction.

Customer-service skills. Waiters and waitresses spend most of their work time serving customers. They should be friendly and polite and be able to develop a rapport with customers.

Detail oriented. Waiters and waitresses must record customers’ orders accurately. They need be able to recall the details of each order and match the food or drink orders to the correct customers.

Interpersonal skills. Waiters and waitresses should be courteous, tactful, and attentive as they deal with customers in all circumstances to resolve any issues that arise.

Physical stamina. Waiters and waitresses spend hours on their feet carrying heavy trays, dishes, and drinks.

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Top Skills for A Waitress/Bartender


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Top Waitress/Bartender Skills

  1. Outstanding Customer Service
  2. Food Orders
  3. Menu Items
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed outstanding customer service skills by directly assisting and serving restaurant patrons
  • Utilize point of sale terminals for food orders, and payments.
  • Provide excellent costumer service Use of selling techniques Able to help guests in selecting menu items Anticipate guests needs
  • Greeted and assisted guests with their food and drink orders.
  • Prepared both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

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