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5 Signs You’d Make a Great Server

Just about everyone has a friend who either works in a restaurant right now or has at some point in their life. It’s a pretty good gig if you’ve got the right the chops. Curious if you’ve got what it takes? Here are five signs you’d make a great restaurant server. 1. Sitting Still is […]

Just about everyone has a friend who either works in a restaurant right now or has at some point in their life.

It’s a pretty good gig if you’ve got the right the chops. Curious if you’ve got what it takes? Here are five signs you’d make a great restaurant server.

1. Sitting Still is Hard

Like, really hard. Which is awesome, because it’s nearly impossible to stay in one spot for too long as a server. And that’s what keeps things interesting. Great servers love – even thrive on – the fast paced tempo of a busy restaurant. They take orders, request orders, change orders on the fly, check in on customers regularly, refill drinks, make sure the customer is happy and then take care of the check.

Timing is important, too. A great server sees their shift like a big production. Food here. Check there. Straws over on table 7 and new napkins for table 10. And hopefully at the end of the day all that running around earns you a worthy tip.

2. You’re Social and Service-Oriented

Great restaurant servers enjoy people. They are friendly, upbeat and good communicators. And of course, service is their secret language. They enjoy taking care of people, working with a smile on their face so that customers feel welcome from the moment they sit down until they sign the check.

And don’t let your server friends fool you with their tales of terror from the front lines of the food business. Bad customers will be bad customers. And we’re not denying they’re out there. But ask any server about the good days. The ones where happy customers and big tips make it all worth it.

3. You’re Pretty Perceptive

Are you notorious for knowing something about someone before they told you? Great servers observe their tables and their customers with hawk-like eyes. They know when their table wants another round of drinks five minutes before they ask. If you get hunches and can practically predict what people need, then you might just make a great server.

4. You’re Able to Keep Your Cool*

There’s a reason the “Keep Calm and Carry On” went viral. Everyone gets worked up or upset. When the pressure is high, great servers are able to rise above the little annoyances and turn a difficult situation into at least a decent experience.

*This does not mean you don’t go home to your wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, roommates, bros, dog and/or cat and vent about the crazy table from hell. It’s kind of like the “day from hell” for people with cubicle jobs … but for the service industry. Everybody has them. Let’s just say it’s natures way of making sure you appreciate the good moments.

5. You’re the Ultimate Multi-Tasker

If you can cook a meal, wash dishes and then do laundry in under an hour, congratulations, you’ve might just have the server hustle. What’s the server hustle? It’s a dance that can only be mastered when you can juggle 17 hungry teenages and three tables of four people … or something to that tune.

If you can stay organized, run last minute requests, close with a smile still on your face and get a good tip – you, my friend, will be a great server.

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