Some bars and restaurants and also some clubs will employ waiting staff to serve food and drinks to customers at their tables. This is usually a 7 days a week job for whatever hours the venue is open. For places that are open during the day and at night, you would be expected to work shifts as required by the manager. Pay would generally be similar to that of bar staff but you would be more likely to get tips. Waiting tables can be quite sociable early and late in the season and early evenings in peak season and may require you to chat to customers to encourage them to stay longer. You would be required to handle money and also correctly take and deliver orders. You will need to be on your feet for long hours and have a smile on your face throughout. This job also often also includes cleaning up after customers, collecting glasses, changing ashtrays, occasional floor mopping etc.
Skills Required – You must be polite and friendly and look approachable. You must be confident and able to interact with people of all ages and nationalities. You must be efficient and be able to carry trays of drinks through busy bars or restaurants. A lazy waiter won’t last long; you must be assertive and aware of your customers needs. You will be handling money so honesty and accuracy are important. Clumsy people, those who want to drink a lot or just chat up the customers should consider a different job. If working in a restaurant, you will also need to be able to handle serving several dishes at once.
How to apply – Some venues will recruit pre-season online. If they do take on-line applications it will say on their Facebook page or website. If it does not say they are recruiting then you should apply in person to the venue manager or owner. You may be required to work a free trial. Don’t apply for a job when you are drunk or when the venue is at its busiest. Jobs are often available all through the summer but late April into May and again in August is when you have the best chance of securing a waiting job. Dress appropriately for the venue you are applying for, restaurants will look for a smart appearance so don’t go in a vest or bikini top. Clubs and most bars will want someone who won’t look out of place, so generally young, attractive and fashionable.
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