Whether you’re working as a server or bartender to pay the bills between acting gigs or just because you truly enjoy the work, customers deserve your best every shift. A new year is always a great time to set goals for improvement, so make sure some of these are catered to your job.

Even if you’re currently an outstanding server or bartender, there’s definitely a few things you can work on. Add these three New Year’s resolutions to your list to make 2017 the best yet for your service industry career.

Know What You’re Serving

It doesn’t matter if you’re catering a party or working in a chain restaurant, guests expect you to know what you’re serving them. From dietary restrictions to general food preferences, many people are very particular about what they eat, so be aware of every ingredient in each dish served. Constantly having to check with your colleagues lowers your credibility and slows service down, which doesn’t make for happy guests.

Find Your Niche

Every restaurant, bar and catering company isn’t right for everyone, so find what works for you. A busy chain restaurant in Times Square might be a super fun work environment for one server, but far too stressful and overwhelming for you and that’s okay. A number of factors will impact your happiness at work, including type of crowd, fare served, ambiance, required uniform and flexibility with your schedule. Be honest with yourself to find a serving or bartending job that meets your needs.

Work on Your Interpersonal Skills

Serving patrons in restaurants and bars is a tremendously hard job, because no two customers are the same. To provide the appropriate level of service, you must be able to read people and tailor your approach based on the vibe they send. For example, a table of well-dressed businessmen will likely require a different type of service than a raucous bachelorette party, so train yourself to shift styles from one table to the next.

Start the new year off with a great new job that caters to your hectic lifestyle. Waitron is hiring skilled bartenders and servers, so if you have experience in basic service, French service or catering, we want to hear from you! Contact us to learn more or get started today.

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