Getting hired in the industry without experience
May 10, 2012 8:01 AM Subscribe
How do I break into the service industry (i.e. host, server, barback) without any (or very little) experience?
posted by patientpatient to Work & Money (8 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm headed to an open call today for a restaurant seeking to fill several positions, including hostessing and serving.
I'm 33 and haven't had any experience since college, where I worked in food service and was a waitress at a diner in my hometown.
Any tips or advice on how to sell myself without having the experience to really back it up? Have you ever done an open call or been on the hiring side of things and could give me some useful information?
We've been asked to bring in a resume and fill out an application. My resume just shows that I've been nanny-ing and before that, working behind a desk.
Also, this is in Chicago, where I can only assume it's competitive and potentially saturated with much more eligible candidates.
I've also noticed that some places ask that you submit a photo along with your resume (I didn't think this was legal, per se...equal opportunity?), but for the record, I'd consider myself of above average looks and appear younger than 33.
TIA for your advice!