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writerterri
09-23-2007, 01:21 AM
Am I going to have to start lying on my applications to get a tip paying job? I'm so mad! No one will hire me as a food server because I have no experience. ???. I don't get it. How hard is it to greet, serve and clean up a bunch of tables?

I'm going to start making it up. I haven't had a job in 17 years so who's going to check up on my old jobs if I say I was a server in my early 20?

My selfesteem is really being tried here. I can't get a job to save my life and my kids need to eat in a week, my husband is probably going to be layed off in a week as well; he works in construction. His boss asked him how many orders he had left on his warrenty list, which only means he's gone after those are finished. He's the only one left on his job site.

I've been filling out aps in every restaurant this side of town and they all blow me off. I'm going to have to start lying. I need the tips or we aren't going to eat.

Would you do the same in a desperate time? Have you ever lied on an ap to get a job you needed? I'm beginning to think I have to, being honest isn't working and asking people to give me a chance isn't gettting me anywhere and I don't want to go to Burger King!!!!

:rant:I'm so mad! I've wasted 2 weeks and 2 tanks of gas running about and my banquet job is over. They've run out of jobs.

!!!

JoNightshade
09-23-2007, 01:30 AM
Doesn't your banquet job count as experience?

If you're just talking about a waitressing job, why not play up the skills you have that would allow you to be a good waitress? For example:

- Do you have a good memory? You could say this will help you remember people's faces and orders. Maybe if you have learned a second language or have ever been in a play, you could mention those as proof that you have a good memory.

- Are you a quick worker? You could talk about how being a mom has made you the right candidate for the job because you run around fulfilling their "orders" all day and trying not to drop things! If you can juggle a couple of kids, you can certainly be a waitress.

- Are you good at following instructions? Tell them about ways in which you are good at understanding and doing what other people want/need. Maybe if you have been a helper on a project of some kind (community, church, whatever).

Honestly, I think the two biggest things employers are looking for are:
1) Dependability. Someone who is going to be with them long-term, that won't just leave them as soon as they get something better. So you gotta seem like you really want this job for the long haul. I suspect many employers are seeing you as a mature adult with a family and assuming that you're just trying to get something short-term until you find something better.
2) Able to follow instructions. Listening to what others want and giving it to them is the best skill you can have in any job. They want to know you'll be easy to work with and won't require any "special treatment."

Just as a thought, have you tried applying for any office work positions? Like a front office person or secretarial work? That might be better suited to you as a writer! It would also offer better hours.

Anyway, good luck with your search! I hope you find something soon.

Hillary
09-23-2007, 01:34 AM
Someone else is going to have to be the angel on your shoulder, because this afternoon I'm playing the role of the devil.

Go ahead. Lie. Say you worked somewhere out of state that has closed its doors. Millions of people get their jobs based on lies and connections. The thing is, that will only get your so far as a waitress. To keep the job will be based on your skill and work ethic - which is what they should be hiring for anyway, not a claim of experience. If you lie and completely suck, you'll get fired anyway. Ask someone you know who HAS waited tables to give you a rundown of lingo and such, and take it from there. I'd say your kids and food for their tummies is more important than fudging an application for a basic service profession. You aren't saying you got your MBA at Harvard and are trying to apply to manage the place - you just want some tips. I mean come on... It's not brain surgery - no one will die if you get found out for lying about your credentials.

JoNightshade
09-23-2007, 01:37 AM
Go ahead. Lie. Say you worked somewhere out of state that has closed its doors. Millions of people get their jobs based on lies and connections. The thing is, that will only get your so far as a waitress. To keep the job will be based on your skill and work ethic - which is what they should be hiring for anyway, not a claim of experience. If you lie and completely suck, you'll get fired anyway. Ask someone you know who HAS waited tables to give you a rundown of lingo and such, and take it from there. I'd say your kids and food for their tummies is more important than fudging an application for a basic service profession. You aren't saying you got your MBA at Harvard and are trying to apply to manage the place - you just want some tips. I mean come on... It's not brain surgery - no one will die if you get found out for lying about your credentials.

Incidentally, I agree with this. :) I think you can try other things first, but if it comes down to feeding the kidlets, lie like there's no tomorrow.

writerterri
09-23-2007, 01:44 AM
Doesn't your banquet job count as experience?

If you're just talking about a waitressing job, why not play up the skills you have that would allow you to be a good waitress? For example:

- Do you have a good memory? You could say this will help you remember people's faces and orders. Maybe if you have learned a second language or have ever been in a play, you could mention those as proof that you have a good memory.

- Are you a quick worker? You could talk about how being a mom has made you the right candidate for the job because you run around fulfilling their "orders" all day and trying not to drop things! If you can juggle a couple of kids, you can certainly be a waitress.

- Are you good at following instructions? Tell them about ways in which you are good at understanding and doing what other people want/need. Maybe if you have been a helper on a project of some kind (community, church, whatever).

Honestly, I think the two biggest things employers are looking for are:
1) Dependability. Someone who is going to be with them long-term, that won't just leave them as soon as they get something better. So you gotta seem like you really want this job for the long haul. I suspect many employers are seeing you as a mature adult with a family and assuming that you're just trying to get something short-term until you find something better.
2) Able to follow instructions. Listening to what others want and giving it to them is the best skill you can have in any job. They want to know you'll be easy to work with and won't require any "special treatment."

Just as a thought, have you tried applying for any office work positions? Like a front office person or secretarial work? That might be better suited to you as a writer! It would also offer better hours.

Anyway, good luck with your search! I hope you find something soon.

I'm desperate for a tip job right now, I'm thinking gas money and food. I could go without it and try for an office job but I don't what I'm doing at an office. In a place of service, I'm already half way there with serving my family and the banquets. And no, they don't care about that. They keep telling me they'll call me and I keep showing up in person to see if they'll hire me, and it's not that they don't need people because they do. They need people to work the day shift like I'm applying for.

I'm willing, able and eager to work. I'm no moron. I can't believe I can't get a job waitressing. It's so basic. And I'm willing to stay there long term. I'm quick and I learn easy. But no one cares.


Perhaps I'm too old. 40.

Thanks for the input!

writerterri
09-23-2007, 01:52 AM
[/quote]Incidentally, I agree with this. :) I think you can try other things first, but if it comes down to feeding the kidlets, lie like there's no tomorrow.[/quote]

Right now it's come down to feeding my kids and my animals.



Someone else is going to have to be the angel on your shoulder, because this afternoon I'm playing the role of the devil.

Go ahead. Lie. Say you worked somewhere out of state that has closed its doors. Millions of people get their jobs based on lies and connections. The thing is, that will only get your so far as a waitress. To keep the job will be based on your skill and work ethic - which is what they should be hiring for anyway, not a claim of experience. If you lie and completely suck, you'll get fired anyway. Ask someone you know who HAS waited tables to give you a rundown of lingo and such, and take it from there. I'd say your kids and food for their tummies is more important than fudging an application for a basic service profession. You aren't saying you got your MBA at Harvard and are trying to apply to manage the place - you just want some tips. I mean come on... It's not brain surgery - no one will die if you get found out for lying about your credentials.

Basically, all I have do is get to know the menu and what they will and will not do. My ethics are great. I've juggled three kids, home made gifts, writing, a home, part time job and a sex hungry husband. Waiting a few tables is cake.

I'm going to fudge my apps from now on.


You're the best!

Mystery1
09-23-2007, 02:27 AM
Most restaurants don't ask for references. They just want a warm body willing to stand for six to eight hours.

S.

Siddow
09-23-2007, 02:28 AM
I worked in restaurants for many years, and I hate to say it, but it is your age. Managers at restaurants want power over their crew. They can hire a young person who is still trying to find their way in the world and push them around, or they can hire a woman in her 40's, who has likely made decisions about what she will tolerate, and they can butt heads.

And age/attractiveness/availabilty of the staff is another factor. Young pretty girls bring in the fellas. You're very attractive, but you're neither young nor single. No guy will have a chance with you, therefore you're not much of a draw for the restaurant.

I wish you luck in finding a tip job--they're awesome. Nothing like being broke in the morning and having $100 in cash by nightfall.

If you get a male manager interviewing you, flirt like hell. Unless he's gay. Then compliment his shoes. :D

Mystery1
09-23-2007, 02:37 AM
She didn't say she's applying for a job at Hooters. Family-oriented restaurants hire older men/women all the time (older as in over thirty).

Sheesh.

Siddow
09-23-2007, 02:47 AM
She didn't say she's applying for a job at Hooters. Family-oriented restaurants hire older men/women all the time (older as in over thirty).

Sheesh.

I never worked at Hooters, either. But I have worked for several chains, and a couple of independants, and you either have to have youth or experience on your side.

In this case, there's neither, so I vote for lying and laying on the charm.

Unique
09-23-2007, 02:53 AM
Hey, Terri - have you tried a Chinese restaurant? Seriously - I worked in one once and it was the best waitress job I had. (Easier. Much, much easier)
It's worth a try.

Customer: 'Are you Chinese?'
Me: 'No, I just look like I am.'

:D
(yes, that means I've always been a smartass)

Carrie in PA
09-23-2007, 03:09 AM
I never worked at Hooters, either. But I have worked for several chains, and a couple of independants, and you either have to have youth or experience on your side.

In this case, there's neither, so I vote for lying and laying on the charm.

I think there's something to this. We may not like it, but I would definitely concentrate your job energies on places that have waitresses on staff that are in you demographic. If you go in and every waitress/hostess is 19, blonde and perky, I wouldn't waste my time.

zahra
09-23-2007, 03:14 AM
Keep trying and keep lying. It's only waitressing after all, if you get an order wrong or whatever, no-one's gonna die. Or how about something like cloakroom attendant (taking coats)? I did that once in London, and the tips were good, but then it was winter...very seasonal job, but it doesn't need vast amounts of experience.

musicalzoo
09-23-2007, 03:32 AM
I would lie! Without a second thought!!!!

I know I worked at pizza hut a few times when we needed the $. Go, fill out your application, find out who the manager is, go back and talk to them.

worked for me every time ( but then, I was young and cuter too! might not be as effective now!)

Also, if your hubby is laid off- go to your county social services office. When my hubby left me I got food stamps for a year - $300 something a month.

he'll also be able to file for unemployment more than likely.

So, it may not be as bad as it seems at the moment ( if you tell the social service people you have very little or no food, they can give you emergency food stamps until you get the regular ones)

I hope that helps, and if you need to talk, give me a shout! I know how stressful it can be!!

{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}

Siddow
09-23-2007, 03:34 AM
Is there a truck stop nearby? This is in no way a barb--those gals make some moula, and they're much more likely to hire an older, fine-lookin gal with a slamming personality like yourself. Also small diners, like the ones open only for breakfast and lunch. I have a pal who worked at one of those bitty diners and made $125 a day working 8-2. It's all in how you work the room. There's a lot more to making good money in the business than just filling coffee and bringing bacon. You gotta WORK the customer, be a salesman, and sell yourself. (no Hooters comments, please, I'm talking about being personable and friendly and interested in the customer as a person)

PeeDee
09-23-2007, 03:35 AM
I think there's something to this. We may not like it, but I would definitely concentrate your job energies on places that have waitresses on staff that are in you demographic. If you go in and every waitress/hostess is 19, blonde and perky, I wouldn't waste my time.

I would.


(...what?)

Siddow
09-23-2007, 03:36 AM
I would.


(...what?)

I rest my case. :D

musicalzoo
09-23-2007, 03:38 AM
Is there a truck stop nearby? This is in no way a barb--those gals make some moula, and they're much more likely to hire an older, fine-lookin gal with a slamming personality like yourself. Also small diners, like the ones open only for breakfast and lunch. I have a pal who worked at one of those bitty diners and made $125 a day working 8-2. It's all in how you work the room. There's a lot more to making good money in the business than just filling coffee and bringing bacon. You gotta WORK the customer, be a salesman, and sell yourself. (no Hooters comments, please, I'm talking about being personable and friendly and interested in the customer as a person)

OH! A Truck Stop! We don;t have many near where I live (ok, none, that I know of) but thats a GREAT idea!!!!

PeeDee
09-23-2007, 03:40 AM
I will go on record to say that truck stops have the best damn food, almost every single time. Man...it's good.

But I don't think you can work there unless you're named Charlene. Or maybe Peggy-Sue.

writerterri
09-23-2007, 06:36 AM
I worked in restaurants for many years, and I hate to say it, but it is your age. Managers at restaurants want power over their crew. They can hire a young person who is still trying to find their way in the world and push them around, or they can hire a woman in her 40's, who has likely made decisions about what she will tolerate, and they can butt heads.

And age/attractiveness/availabilty of the staff is another factor. Young pretty girls bring in the fellas. You're very attractive, but you're neither young nor single. No guy will have a chance with you, therefore you're not much of a draw for the restaurant.

I wish you luck in finding a tip job--they're awesome. Nothing like being broke in the morning and having $100 in cash by nightfall.

If you get a male manager interviewing you, flirt like hell. Unless he's gay. Then compliment his shoes. :D

*snort* You dork. I know it's my age. I'm going to have to thicken up the make up and lie about my age. they don't ask and I have an alcohol card. So fooey on them.

Thanks!

writerterri
09-23-2007, 06:39 AM
I think there's something to this. We may not like it, but I would definitely concentrate your job energies on places that have waitresses on staff that are in you demographic. If you go in and every waitress/hostess is 19, blonde and perky, I wouldn't waste my time.

You mean Denny's and IHOP?


Dork.

writerterri
09-23-2007, 06:41 AM
Keep trying and keep lying. It's only waitressing after all, if you get an order wrong or whatever, no-one's gonna die. Or how about something like cloakroom attendant (taking coats)? I did that once in London, and the tips were good, but then it was winter...very seasonal job, but it doesn't need vast amounts of experience.

My friend just told me to go to a gas station where they play machines because the cashiers make tips from the winnings. Not a bad idea.

writerterri
09-23-2007, 06:51 AM
Is there a truck stop nearby? This is in no way a barb--those gals make some moula, and they're much more likely to hire an older, fine-lookin gal with a slamming personality like yourself. Also small diners, like the ones open only for breakfast and lunch. I have a pal who worked at one of those bitty diners and made $125 a day working 8-2. It's all in how you work the room. There's a lot more to making good money in the business than just filling coffee and bringing bacon. You gotta WORK the customer, be a salesman, and sell yourself. (no Hooters comments, please, I'm talking about being personable and friendly and interested in the customer as a person)


I wish I had hooters. Wait. Nevermind.


I have an app for one of those diners in my position as we speak. I've been holding off because I have the kids to get off to school, but the school has a before school program they could go to if I could afford it. The place is called Joe's Diner and they're open from 8am to 6pm. I could pay the school with my tips if I had to.

I'm going to apply with my fib. I already have it worked out.

writerterri
09-23-2007, 06:53 AM
I will go on record to say that truck stops have the best damn food, almost every single time. Man...it's good.

But I don't think you can work there unless you're named Charlene. Or maybe Peggy-Sue.


It's Bambi, Peaches and Bubbles where I live. I'm not going there. You have to be missing at least 6 teeth to apply.

Azraelsbane
09-23-2007, 07:00 AM
Two years of my work experience was in Austria. My supervisor didn't speak English. No checking out that job. :) I'm with Hillary on this one.

RumpleTumbler
09-23-2007, 07:06 AM
And age/attractiveness/availabilty of the staff is another factor. Young pretty girls bring in the fellas. You're very attractive, but you're neither young nor single. No guy will have a chance with you, therefore you're not much of a draw for the restaurant.

I keep hoping this isn't the world I live in but I guess there isn't any getting around it. God could wipe the slate clean over and over and over and still people would be people. *sigh*

eldragon
09-23-2007, 07:18 AM
Terri, you live in Reno, right?

Casino's. You can get a better paying, easier job at a casino any day.

Lots of work.

They have waitress jobs, too. Coffee shop will hire you right now.



No?

Cracker Barrel. IHOP is a bit nasty in places, ok, it's a bit nasty everywhere. Stay away from the cooks!

Denny's might even be a better choice. Can you say "Grand Slam breakfast for eight?" Can you pour coffee and use one of those carpet sweepers?


If so, you're in.

From this day forward, call yourself FLO.

RumpleTumbler
09-23-2007, 07:24 AM
Nevada? I thought it was like Alerbamer.

If you live in Nevada it's a no brainer. http://thewildhorse.com/

eldragon
09-23-2007, 07:41 AM
Man. I can't believe I clicked on that link. They'll be pop-up penalties for weeks to come.

OK, there's only one county in the entire state of Nevada that has brothels.


And it's nowhere near anywhere that's anywhere near anywhere.

NYE county, right?

Cassiopeia
09-23-2007, 07:42 AM
Starbucks or Beans and Brews.

They don't care about your age and you get tips. :D

dorkgirl

Foinah
09-23-2007, 08:52 AM
I'll give you a reference. I owned a VERY succesful Irish pub in Portland...900+barrels of Guinness a year out of 1200 sqf ;) , not to mention the hundreds of local microbrews.

PM me and I'll give you a reference. You could say you worked summer shifts for me on the floor. I'm all about feeding the kids.

Opty
09-23-2007, 10:15 AM
I'm the hiring manager at a restaurant right now (and have been at other restaurants, too) and I can tell you that there are some key phrases and buzz-terms that managers are listening for from applicants.

Granted, this is only in interviews. Applications are another beast altogether.

If you're applying for a waitressing job, you should ask when they do interviews. Many places have set times/days during the week that they do interviews (and, hopefully, whomever gives you the application will tell you that. If not, always ask). Turning in an application on any day other than the "interview day" is a wasted effort.

When it comes to application-only job information (you never had an interview with a manager), someone with no experience in food service is at a severe disadvantage, especially if the person is older than 30.

Honestly, if I read an application and the person has never had any restaurant experience at all, and is significantly older than my average applicant/employee demographic (older than 30), I'm not as inclined to hire the person. There are various reasons for this, and most have come from years of hiring experience but, it's sufficed to say that it sets off a red flag or two.

However, I have hired a few "more seasoned" applicants based on their interviews.

Carrie in PA makes an excellent suggestion/point about the demo of the employees. Like she said, if you look around at the other employees and they're all 15 years younger than you, the odds are against you. If there are some there closer to your age, you've got a chance.

Also, you have to take into consideration the restaurant concept. Most chain-type restaurants are aimed at families or young people. Hiring people in their late 30s, 40s, etc. would not fit in well with the concept or the type of crowd they're looking to attract.

Someone suggested Cracker Barrel. I used to think that place was redneck but a person can actually do well with that company. Their managers are well-paid (relative to the industry and their concept) and they provide good benefits.

Also, more upper-end restaurant concepts like having not-as-young servers because they are oftentimes more professional, take their jobs more seriously, and blend in better with their clientel than younger employees would. Lower-end places (like your Waffle Houses and diners) will hire anybody. But, those places are kinda...you know...and you won't make good money.

Joe270
09-23-2007, 12:11 PM
Is there a truck stop nearby?

Uhm, Werri, didn't you go north to Reno? Truckstops in Nevada are, uh, known, um, well, let's just say prostitution is legal here, okay?

If you're in Reno, screw a bunch of waitress jobs and start dealing cards.

Unique
09-23-2007, 03:26 PM
You might want to think about this too, terri.

Check out their china. Some of those plates are heavy!

larocca
09-23-2007, 04:16 PM
It's not lying, it's creating fiction.

40's old? Shit. I can remember when I was 40.

tjwriter
09-23-2007, 05:27 PM
Spork had some excellent points.

I worked at a Denny's for six years from the end of high school through college. Trust me when I say that I didn't always make as much the really cute girls, but I could ply tips from tables the other said didn't ever tip at all. Mind you this was the college student's after bar crowd on thirds though. Image is important when waiting tables, so always look your best.

However, many older ladies were hired for the day shift, and they didn't always have a lot of experience.

Some points I will emphasize to use when applying:

-Emphasize any customer service type of activities you have experience with. If it involved dealing with people, put on that app.

-Emphasize your ability to handle conflicts to successful resolutions. There will always be unhappy customers, so let them know that it doesn't bother you.

-If you are applying to a family place, let them know you do really well with kids and the kind of dining atmosphere they can create.

-Let them know that you can multi-task. Handling a million things going on is a big part of the waitress job. You have people that just sat down and need drink orders taken, drink orders to fill, food orders to take, food orders to key in, and food orders to deliver to tables all at the same time.

-If you are good at learning to use computer programs, emphasize that and all other things you learn quickly. The less time they have to spend trying to teach you to key in orders and learn the menu, the better.

-Let them know you know how to communicate with the customers and coworkers. "Hi folks! Welcome to ______. I'll be with you in just a moment," does wonders to keep you customers placated while you get caught up on a busy night. In addition, not screaming at the cook if something gets botched keeps coworkers coworkers.

-Last but not least, make sure you look nice when you go in. And I don't mean super dressed up, but your clothes are decent, your hair pulled back like it would be if you worked there (My Denny's had a rule that all hair had to be pulled above the collar of your shirt.), and nice makeup. No granny makeup, but something modern and not a 40 yr old trying to play 18. Above all, speak with the hiring manager for the shift you want to work. Let them know you are dependable and punctual. They want someone they can count on, especially if they do keep a few young'ns on staff. My peers loved to call off so they could go do things, yet I was there all the time because I could not afford to do so. Smile and be friendly. Show them your winning personality and be outgoing. Connecting with customers brings them back and that keeps business going. I built a slew of regulars that quit coming in after I left. I know that because my husband worked there after I'd gone.

Good luck. I can't recommend lying because I just can't, but hopefully there's some information above that can give you a hand.

Marian Perera
09-23-2007, 05:37 PM
When I was really desperate for a job, I worked in a call center, trying to get people to sign up for credit cards. Such call centers will hire anyone, probably because they have such a high turnover rate. Their requirements seem to be 1. the ability to read a script 2. coming in on time. I did lie about my qualifications, though. I said I only had a bachelor's degree, otherwise I'd have come across as overqualified.

It was a godawful job, unfortunately. Not only is pushing credit cards on irate people a depressing, exhausting process, but my throat would get sore from the non-stop talking. And my pay was something like half minimum wage (since they made me get on the phones while I was still in training, which meant I didn't get commissions). I quit after five days, but the experience came in handy when I applied for a job at a slightly better call center, one owned by a medical laboratory network. At least the pay is better here, and I don't get yelled at so often.

Not having a good job sucks, though. Hope things turn around for you, writerterri.

zahra
09-23-2007, 09:12 PM
It's Bambi, Peaches and Bubbles where I live. I'm not going there. You have to be missing at least 6 teeth to apply.
I'm saving this job up for later! Gonna change my name to Candi, and as for the teeth, well, all the chocolate-eating will take care of that.

Christine N.
09-23-2007, 09:23 PM
Do you have a Friendly's? I started there after high school as the fountain girl. No tips, but a decent hourly wage, but I smelled like ice cream. Anyway, then I moved up to waitress.

I can't stand on my feet very long anymore (arches that literally lay on the floor!) but it was a good job.

The_Grand_Duchess
09-23-2007, 10:15 PM
So I'm looking for a job too and I was complaining to my friend about how no one wanted to hire me for whatever reasons. He asked if I had sent them my resume and remembered to include the six months I worked under him as assistant manager.

Yeah having friends with their own companies is great.

writerterri
09-26-2007, 09:47 PM
Starbucks or Beans and Brews.

They don't care about your age and you get tips. :D

dorkgirl

I'm going to try at a new one that's going up by my house.

writerterri
09-26-2007, 09:59 PM
Is there a truck stop nearby?

Uhm, Werri, didn't you go north to Reno? Truckstops in Nevada are, uh, known, um, well, let's just say prostitution is legal here, okay?

If you're in Reno, screw a bunch of waitress jobs and start dealing cards.

That's twice you've made my giggle today, dork. I needed it.

I'M NOT GOING TO TRUCK STOPS! And dealing cards makes me dizzy. :D

The Peppermill is having a job fair next weekend and they have about 600 new jobs to fill and I have made up a new work experience resume. It's so shiny! I can't go wrong. I'll post it for a crit when I have it written out.

You think it would be propper to go fill out an app before the job fair?

writerterri
09-26-2007, 10:01 PM
You might want to think about this too, terri.

Check out their china. Some of those plates are heavy!


I was so worried about those big heavy trays. Let those young bi-otches do it. I'm going to a buffet. *snort*

writerterri
09-26-2007, 10:06 PM
It's not lying, it's creating fiction.

40's old? Shit. I can remember when I was 40.


I know. I created whole new characters twisting my stuff up. *giggle*

And if it weren't for my ID, I could say I was 29. :D

Jaycinth
09-26-2007, 10:08 PM
She didn't say she's applying for a job at Hooters. Family-oriented restaurants hire older men/women all the time (older as in over thirty).

Sheesh.

My daughter's friend's mother works part time at the Hooters up the street. She's 46. And, yes...she's a waitress.

Of course that's just one person.

writerterri
09-26-2007, 10:13 PM
Good luck. I can't recommend lying because I just can't, but hopefully there's some information above that can give you a hand.

Excelent tips! I wrote some down. I'm trying not to lie, just twisting and adding. I found that when I was going to lie flat out that I was really nervous. So, I'm twising and adding. Sort of like I do when I write fiction.

Thanks so much!

writerterri
09-26-2007, 10:16 PM
I'm saving this job up for later! Gonna change my name to Candi, and as for the teeth, well, all the chocolate-eating will take care of that.


She's super freakey, yow!

Pass the chocolate.

writerterri
09-26-2007, 10:25 PM
My daughter's friend's mother works part time at the Hooters up the street. She's 46. And, yes...she's a waitress.

Of course that's just one person.


Oh, yea, I remember her. I was having a problem distinguishing her boobs for her elbows. :D


She must be hot.

Mystery1
09-27-2007, 02:06 AM
I used Hooters as an example only because it was the first place I thought of. I just wanted to help Terri.


Sharon

writerterri
09-27-2007, 09:29 PM
I used Hooters as an example only because it was the first place I thought of. I just wanted to help Terri.


Sharon

You did help, dork.


I hate hooters! Down with chicken wings!

Siddow
09-27-2007, 09:47 PM
I used Hooters as an example only because it was the first place I thought of. I just wanted to help Terri.


Sharon

You should tell your husband that next time, YOU want to pick the restaurant. :D

writerterri
09-27-2007, 09:52 PM
:ROFL:

Jaycinth
09-27-2007, 11:57 PM
Terri...it just came to me that they can not ask your age. Seriously. If it is on an application you can leav it blank. If they ask you, you can tell them that your age has no impact on how well you can do your job.

And they should not ask for an ID before they hire you. They can ask if you are a US citizen or if you have a work visa, but the only time you should hand them your ID, drivers license, SS card is AFTER you've been hired and they are filling out the forms for the Gvmt.

And you look 28...31 at the most.

Suggest also that hubby look through Craig's List for jobs. A friend of mine... (a hunky attractive single friend of mine. ME-OW!) was laid off from his construction firm for the last 6 months. So he started looking on Craigs list and found a listing, called, and not only got a job, but the firm needed a lot of folks, so my buddy wound up getting his ex-boss a job there too.:D

...oh...by the way...my kids are teaching your kids how to culture thick mildew growth in your neighbors shower.:tongue

(what..you live next to Ray????)

Mystery1
09-28-2007, 02:15 AM
I don't have a husband, but thanks for the suggestion. :tongue



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Siddow
09-28-2007, 02:53 AM
I don't have a husband, but thanks for the suggestion. :tongue



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Sharon
http://www.saaustin.net

Oh. Well, then. Carry on!

Psst...Terri...got work?

Mystery1
09-28-2007, 09:14 AM
:)

writerterri
09-28-2007, 09:17 PM
Terri...it just came to me that they can not ask your age. Seriously. If it is on an application you can leav it blank. If they ask you, you can tell them that your age has no impact on how well you can do your job.

And they should not ask for an ID before they hire you. They can ask if you are a US citizen or if you have a work visa, but the only time you should hand them your ID, drivers license, SS card is AFTER you've been hired and they are filling out the forms for the Gvmt.

And you look 28...31 at the most.

Suggest also that hubby look through Craig's List for jobs. A friend of mine... (a hunky attractive single friend of mine. ME-OW!) was laid off from his construction firm for the last 6 months. So he started looking on Craigs list and found a listing, called, and not only got a job, but the firm needed a lot of folks, so my buddy wound up getting his ex-boss a job there too.:D

...oh...by the way...my kids are teaching your kids how to culture thick mildew growth in your neighbors shower.:tongue




*making a note about Craig's List* Thanks Jay!

(what..you live next to Ray????)

No, I tricked him into giving me his phone number in exchange for phone seks. But I chickened out. I still have his #, wanit? You're single. ;)

(Don't worry, Ray, it'll cost her 1,000 bucks. That way I'll know she's serious) :tongue I better quit, he may call me to cuss me out.

writerterri
09-28-2007, 09:18 PM
Oh. Well, then. Carry on!

Psst...Terri...got work?

Not yet. I'm waiting for the job fair and enjoying the time off. We borrowed money to feed the kids. No worries.

wood pixie
09-28-2007, 10:31 PM
I've been to 47 states (haven't seen Vermont, Hawaii, or Alaska yet).

I eat at restaurants at least 25 days out of a month, most of them truck stops. Most of the women who work there are well over 30. My guess at the average age would be 45.
I don't know about others, but I am a generous tipper for even halfway decent service.

Other tip jobs to consider would be hotel valet parking or bell desk. I don't know your health, strength, or stamina ... but my guess is, if you can handle being a food server you can handle parking cars or pushing a luggage dolly down a hallway.

My sister was a front desk supervisor at a Hilton. Her friend who worked at the Bell desk made excellent tips ...

Good luck!

Sunkissed27f
10-09-2007, 11:59 PM
Psssttt......got a job yet?

Sunkissed27f
10-10-2007, 12:01 AM
Why stop at waitressing? Why not daycares, preschools, high schools? Etc.
Your experience is your own children!

I mean sure a job as a lunch lady will suck, BUT you get benefits.
And you feed your kids!

Waitressing hasn't' any benefits last time I checked.

writerterri
10-10-2007, 12:23 AM
I went to the job fair. It was almost a disaster. My interviewer was as yummy as a dry prune.

I didn't fill it out in black ink, she let me know. She said "This is a legal document, when you cross something out you need to initial it!" Then she told me I needed to fill out the job history for the last ten years on the application. I haven't worked for 17 years dummy! I had it all written out on a piece of paper why I haven't worked.

So I took the app back and was going to walk out of there but decided to fill out another one. I got a wonderful interviewer and we'll see if I get a call back next week. I made a really perdy resume out to make me shine. I shined to the second interviewer. I'm glad I didn't get the first gal again. I would have walked out at that point.

writerterri
10-10-2007, 12:28 AM
Why stop at waitressing? Why not daycares, preschools, high schools? Etc.
Your experience is your own children!

I mean sure a job as a lunch lady will suck, BUT you get benefits.
And you feed your kids!

Waitressing hasn't' any benefits last time I checked.


I don't want anything to do with children at this time. I just spent 10 years trying to get them out of my house during the day.

I'm going for the tips. This was supposed to be an emergency job so I could feed the kids and help with bills. But it has turned into a challenge. More than I expected.

I'll look elsewhere if I don't get this job.

My banquet server job should pick up soon becuase of the holidays. We'll see.

SpookyWriter
10-10-2007, 08:25 AM
My banquet server job should pick up soon becuase of the holidays. We'll see.If not, you can always come and wait on me.

JLCwrites
10-10-2007, 08:36 AM
Keeping fingers crossed for you Terri. Also, have you thought about being a valet driver? They make great tips!

writerterri
10-11-2007, 08:53 PM
If not, you can always come and wait on me.


Fat chance, dork how much does it pay?

larocca
10-11-2007, 09:00 PM
Keeping fingers crossed for you Terri. Also, have you thought about being a valet driver? They make great tips!

Did you hear about the rabbi who didn't charge for circumcisions? He only took tips.

writerterri
10-11-2007, 09:14 PM
Did you hear about the rabbi who didn't charge for circumcisions? He only took tips.


Like, don't use rusted instruments?

WerenCole
10-11-2007, 09:19 PM
Maybe you should try coming on to the person interviewing you. . .


Works for guys and gals alike!

aliajohnson
10-11-2007, 09:45 PM
Don't forget housekeeping for upscale hotels and B&Bs. Great tips to be had there and age isn't a factor, just reliability and the ability to do the work. Also, you get a decent hourly rate, so even if you're jipped on the tips, you know you still have a pay check coming. I run my family's shop in the day, do banquets at night, and help at a nice B&B in the mornings. On a good weekend, I'll make more at the B&B than the other two jobs combined. Best of luck!

writerterri
10-11-2007, 10:00 PM
Maybe you should try coming on to the person interviewing you. . .


Works for guys and gals alike!

If I get the job won't I be known as the tease due to lack of follow through?

I interviewed with a woman last time and she wasn't butch enough for me.


Back to the drawing board.

WerenCole
10-11-2007, 10:11 PM
Why wouldn't you follow through?

writerterri
10-11-2007, 10:19 PM
Don't forget housekeeping for upscale hotels and B&Bs. Great tips to be had there and age isn't a factor, just reliability and the ability to do the work. Also, you get a decent hourly rate, so even if you're jipped on the tips, you know you still have a pay check coming. I run my family's shop in the day, do banquets at night, and help at a nice B&B in the mornings. On a good weekend, I'll make more at the B&B than the other two jobs combined. Best of luck!


We don't have any swanky hotels here or I would lower myself to make a bed.

Banquet serving should be picking up soon. I also thought about putting my name in with the wedding planners in my area and charging them 15.00 an hour for me instead of the usual 20.00 they pay for me when they call my temp agency. That way I'll get a tip and cash pay. It's an idea.

There is a place that wants me to work for them right now but when I worked with them last week there was A LOT of drama between the employees and the two captains and the manager. She cusses about everything and everybody.

One of the captains came up to me just to fluff his feathers to the new person, me, and decided to drill me. He asked me what I was doing putting butters on little plates and setting them aside so my line, the busiest line would move faster. I didn't even look at him, I just told him that what I was doing was fine and he walked away. A few minutes later he came up to me and asked if I knew what I was serving. He pointed to the oil and vinegar dressing and asked what it was. I said it's a vinaigrette. He said no it's house dressing, whatever the chef made (with oil and vingar). Then he pointed to my chaffing trays and asked what was in them. I said pasta marinara, egg plant, chicken, and beef: pointing to each one. He said no and proceeded to explain what the dishes were. "That's Pasta such and such, Eggplant such and such, Chicken such and such and Beef such and such" and he walked away. One of the customers in my line said she liked my explanation better and so did my runner. It was quicker and easier to choose what she wanted.

Later, one by one the employees would come up to me and back bite the other employees. They all talked about each other to me. My head spun. I wanted out of there and quickly. The manager asked me again to fill out an app that they really liked the way I worked.

I still have the app in my position. I don't know if I want to work with that kind of drama. And no one communicates either. I got so much wrong information those two days. Crazy.

writerterri
10-11-2007, 10:22 PM
Why wouldn't you follow through?


I might with you. :D

writerterri
10-23-2007, 10:54 PM
Well I don't think I got the job. They never called me back. Oh, well my car broke down anyways and my back is out.


But the good news is...I don't need surgery.


Now, someone brief me on what happened here at AW while I was out? I've been here long enough to be able to find out what happened to one of our family members.


You's just couldn't behave while I was on vacation?!

writerterri
10-24-2007, 04:26 AM
Just when I thought they forgot about me, they sent me a letter in the mail saying that they haven't forgotten about me.

I'm still in the race! Now I have to get my car fixed quick.

SpookyWriter
10-24-2007, 05:16 AM
Now I have to get my car fixed quick.Won't you need to get a job first so you'll have some money? :Shrug:

writerterri
10-31-2007, 10:44 PM
Won't you need to get a job first so you'll have some money? :Shrug:


Yes dork. I have an on call job as a server and I can work at night and use my husband's car then and on weekends. It's just taking a long time to accumulate the money to do so.

:tongue

SpookyWriter
10-31-2007, 11:38 PM
Yes dork. I have an on call job as a server and I can work at night and use my husband's car then and on weekends. It's just taking a long time to accumulate the money to do so.

:tongueI can understand, believe me.