Austin Plack – Indy Writer
As college students we know more than anybody that we all have to start somewhere. Before we can make the big bucks we first have to earn our degree, and many of us are working startup jobs when we are not studying. For those who may not be working and are looking for a great type of job, look no further. After two and a half years of working in a restaurant I can proudly declare that a job in the restaurant industry is the job type for you. For the folks that may still be skeptical, here are four reasons why working in a restaurant is the best startup job:
4) The Money
Now, you may not be able to buy a new yacht with a restaurant salary, but you could almost certainly buy a new bike to get you to and from work. Just the other day my buddy Darren the Dishwasher received his second raise! He’s now up to $8.50 an hour, a full 25 cents above the minimum wage. And he’s only been working the job for four years!
3) The Smell
The only thing better than eating food from a restaurant is getting to enjoy the delicious smell of the food first. When I walk into a Chinese restaurant and get a whiff of what’s cooking in the kitchen, I cannot wait to dig in. As a restaurant employee, you get to not only enjoy this smell, you get to wear it. It only takes a few hours in the kitchen for the various smells to seep into your clothing, and it only takes about three runs through the dishwasher to get the smell out…if you use the right laundry detergent. I recommend Clorox. My buddy Fred the Fry Cook was just telling me last week about how much he loves his clothes smelling like the food he makes. “I had a date last night after work and I decided to head right out and meet her. I didn’t even have to bother with taking a shower or putting on cologne because I already smelled good. I mean, who doesn’t like fried chicken?”
2) The Teammates
Working in a restaurant is all about teamwork. Everybody relies on each other to get the overall job done. So what happens when you put a group of random people, with different agendas and different skill levels, together to complete an overall task? The people collaborate and get that task done, that’s what! Now things aren’t always peachy, but there are definitely some times when everybody gets along great. Take last night as an example. In my eight hour shift there were probably only seven arguments. That’s like…less than one argument an hour. And these arguments weren’t even severe. Only one argument featured a plate being thrown at a grill cook. And Wendy the Waitress may have hit Kevin the Kitchen prep cook over the head with a frying pan, but she does that at least once a month. No big deal.
1) The Customers/Guests
This is what working in a restaurant is all about. At the end of the day, all that matters is that we make our customers happy. Luckily for us, almost all of our customers are happy, understanding people when they walk in through the door. Yesterday was a great example, as almost all of our customers left sporting a full stomach and a hearty smile. So maybe Grandma Betty cussed out Wilma the Waitress because there was one too many pickles on her burger. And so what if one man threw his steamed vegetables at Winfred the Waitress because they were too hot. At the end of the day even those people left happy, or at least left with free gift cards and a discounted meal.
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