4 Jobs you Can Land with Restaurant Experience

We’ve all heard that experience opens doors, and many of us get our professional starts by working part-time, entry-level jobs. With experience in the food industry, you’ll be well on your way to landing one of these 5 jobs!  

  1. Sales. If you are a waiter/waitress or bartender, you’re essentially a salesperson already! Throughout each day, you are guiding customers toward better choices, and you’re mastering the art of upselling. By emphasizing your great customer service and conversational skills, the ease you feel in asking for money in exchange for goods, and your ability to listen and steer customers towards a better experience, you’ll be a great choice for any sales role.
  2. Customer Service. As someone who works in a front-of-house position, like a host/hostess, your main role is to provide customer service. On a daily basis, you likely experience dealing with angry customers while juggling a busy restaurant, you exercise your problem-solving skills, and anticipate snags, all of which make you a prime candidate for any customer service position.
  3. HR. Human Resource positions can cover a whole load of different functions, but if you have experience managing a restaurant or kitchen, you’ve likely come across and experienced many of them. You’ve interviewed people and let them go, you’ve put together performance reviews and plans, you’ve coached, trained, and promoted. You’re the perfect person for the job!
  4. Social Media Coordinator. Are you a chef who moonlights as a foodie and photography junky, or a bartender who likes to come up with new recipes and post them online? becoming a content creator or social media coordinator may be the perfect next step for you; all of these experiences may just give you a leg up, especially if your clientele would be in the food and drink space.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to find your next job! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android).

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