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    I'm so fustrated, I've been phoning round restaurants trying to find somewhere looking for waiting staff and after zillions of no's, I get an italian restaurant who are looking for a saturday waitress- but they won't have me because I haven't done it before, how on earth am I supposed to get experience if people won't take me on in the first place??? Grrr....
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    just go work for a bank or something

    then open an investment portfolio and make some serious money
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    (Original post by Sam_B)
    just go work for a bank or something

    then open an investment portfolio and make some serious money
    But I only want a weekend job! :rolleyes: I'm working in Debenhams at the mo and I hate it so I want to leave and go work in a restaurant!
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    You're much to young to be working, chill out and relax, the job hunting starts when you're 30
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    (Original post by ramroff)
    You're much to young to be working, chill out and relax, the job hunting starts when you're 30
    Not when you've got a £300 debt to your dad for a holiday booked in the Summer!!! :eek:
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    Be a pimp, they simply rake in the money and you dont need A level qualifications
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    try something like a tescos or asda cafe!
    itll give you the expirence and its not bad part time pay!
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    (Original post by RoisinHan)
    I'm so fustrated, I've been phoning round restaurants trying to find somewhere looking for waiting staff and after zillions of no's, I get an italian restaurant who are looking for a saturday waitress- but they won't have me because I haven't done it before, how on earth am I supposed to get experience if people won't take me on in the first place??? Grrr....
    perhaps you could lie and say you do have experience? even if you have work experience, it doesn't necessarily show so you could blag it with a fake ref with the number of a mate perhaps....
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    (Original post by marabara)
    perhaps you could lie and say you do have experience? even if you have work experience, it doesn't necessarily show so you could blag it with a fake ref with the number of a mate perhaps....
    That actually is a good idea if you can pull it off..

    Iv recently been applying for a new jobs and set off my CV to about 20 different stores and shops and have had NO replies. Your quite lucky to be working in debenhams, as it big store and i dont suppose the work is too physical. Why dont you like it?

    Maybe just keep applying and see what happens. Why not look at ways of improving you CV or what you write in applications.
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    (Original post by RoisinHan)
    I'm so fustrated, I've been phoning round restaurants trying to find somewhere looking for waiting staff and after zillions of no's, I get an italian restaurant who are looking for a saturday waitress- but they won't have me because I haven't done it before, how on earth am I supposed to get experience if people won't take me on in the first place??? Grrr....
    It's happened to me many times before...believe me, the only thing to do is to keep trying and trying! Maybe you should go for a job in a small local cafe before you try and get one in a restaurant. The skills are roughly the same and will let you build up some experience.
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    Are you handing in a CV or just calling up and leaving details?

    Try to put the best slant on the experience you do have and don't focus on the experience you don't have. For example:

    "What experience do you have?"
    I have no bar experience, but...

    "What experience do you have?"
    I have 1 year experience working with customers in a busy environment, operating a till / handling cash, dealing with orders, etc...

    Which is more likely to get you a job?

    It gets more difficult when they ask, "What waiting experience do you have?" Then you need to be able to think on your toes and convince them that your skills will transfer easily to their job.

    It's not that employers particularly want experience waiters - it's just that they know they can get them easy enough and it means they won't have to deal with newbies and train them up.

    So your task is to convince them that you can walk into the job with minimal training and effort on their behalf.

    If you are reasonably certain you can handle the work involved, just tell them you did the job briefly before you went to work at the store. If you are old enough to get away with it, then saying you did it while working abroad one summer is a good way to ensure they can't check up!

    Scott
 
 
 
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