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Food and Beverage Serving or Related Worker

Serving food and beverages at fast food restaurants, snack bars, cafeterias, movie theaters, and coffee shops, sounds interesting to you then try your hands in career as Food and Beverage Serving or Related Worker. This profession appeals to many teenagers who prefer long business hours that allows for flexible schedules. It is also offers them opportunity to gain work experience. As per BLS compared to all other occupations, a much larger proportion of food and beverage serving and related workers were 16 to 19 years old in 2010.

There are a lots of places to work  and he job titles of food and beverage serving and related workers vary depending on where they work and what they do.

The following are types of food and beverage serving and related workers:

  • Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food, are employed primarily by fast-food restaurants.

  • Counter attendants take orders and serve food over a counter in snack bars, cafeterias, movie theaters, and coffee shops.

  • Food servers, non-restaurant, serve food to patrons outside of a restaurant environment.

  • Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers—sometimes collectively referred to as bus staff—help waiters, waitresses, and bartenders cleans and sets tables, remove dirty dishes, and keep serving areas stocked with supplies.

  • Cafeteria attendants stock serving tables with food trays, dishes, and silverware. They may carry trays to dining tables for patrons.

  • Bartender helpers keep bar equipment clean and glasses washed.

  • Hosts and hostesses welcome customers and keep reservation and waiting lists.

Role of Food and Beverage Serving or Related Worker

  • Prepare and clean assigned work areas
  • Replenish and stock service stations, cabinets, and tables
  • Serve food and drinks to customers from behind a counter
  • Greet customers, escort them to their seats, and hand them menus
  • Answer customers’ questions about menu items and specials
  • Clean tables and dining areas
  • Set tables for new customers

Skills of Food and Beverage Serving or Related Worker

Customer-service skills: Customer care and courtesy and be able to quickly attend to customers’ requests are the skills that come handy to succeed in a competitive industry.

Stamina: Food and beverage serving and related workers must be able to spend much of their work time standing, carrying heavy trays, cleaning work areas, and attending to customers’ needs.

Teamwork: Food serving places can often be fast-paced and hectic during peak dining hours to ensure that customers feel welcomed and receive prompt service workers should work in a team.

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