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10 Reasons Working in the Restaurant Biz Rocks

The restaurant business is a demanding industry that also happens to be one of the best work experiences around. Not sure? Check out 10 reasons the restaurant biz rocks: 1. You are part of one big crazy family Restaurant employees often refer to their co-workers as family. One big, crazy, mayhem-filled family for sure, but […]

The restaurant business is a demanding industry that also happens to be one of the best work experiences around. Not sure? Check out 10 reasons the restaurant biz rocks:

1. You are part of one big crazy family

Restaurant employees often refer to their co-workers as family. One big, crazy, mayhem-filled family for sure, but what is better than going to work with your best friends-turned-family each day? Not much.

2. You have flexibility for your life

Sure, you work long hours and laugh at those 9-to-5-ers “putting in late hours til 7pm” when you know a real double is at least 12 hours long. But when it comes down to it, restaurant employee scheduling actually offers some pretty decent flexibility to have a life too. You can switch shifts with your co-workers and pretty much attend all the important life events you need while still working full-time.

3. Your days are never the same

The cast of characters you work with pales to the cast of characters you get to interact with as customers every day. All those stories you have about so-and-so at table 5? Office workers never see the kind of entertainment you do.

4. You know about stuff that really matters

No, we’re not talking about food and drink, though that’s important too. You know how to make someone happy who wasn’t when he or she sat down, you know how to hustle, and you know the value of hard work.

5. You know someone!

Restaurant employees know each other. After some time in the restaurant business you can go just about anywhere and know someone who worked or works in another place. Need a reservation to a cool new restaurant? No worries, you know someone.

6. Your days off are more productive

Never heard anyone love having their days off be Monday and Tuesday? Why not? Everything is open so you can do everything you need (try going to a bank on Sunday) and the majority of the population is at work so stores are less busy. It is definitely easier to go grocery shopping on a Monday afternoon than a Saturday afternoon. And, the food is fresh!

7. You know about wine

Stop laughing. You know it’s not pronounced Pin-aught Gree-Gee-Oh and you know which entrees it pairs with. You can order for the table when you dine with friends and impressive everyone with your skills. The same applies to all craft beers and certain liquors.

8. You have pretty decent job security

Ok, so we all know nothing is recession proof. However, you are not currently or in the foreseeable future in danger of having your job outsourced to India. People go to a restaurant to be served and you are an integral part of that. You are also pretty much guaranteed to have a skill set that can be put to use anywhere you are in the country.

9. You can dance, joke and generally enjoy being at work

Maybe you can’t do the cabbage patch in the dining room but you can most certainly have a little fun joking in the kitchen waiting for your entrees. Yes, you know how to hustle but you also know how to have fun.

10. You are part of a huge community

You co-workers may be like family but the restaurant business is also one of the largest industries in the country. It is a career like no other offering lots of opportunity for growth, advancement and work/life balance.

These are just a few of the reasons why the HotSchedules and the Red Book Connect team loves working with the restaurant industry too! Learn more at Red Book Connect

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