How Do I Become a Lounge Server?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari
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Finding an opportunity to become a lounge server is not exceptionally difficult, but it is a good idea to prepare yourself for the rigors of this job. The lounge server is likely to work nights, and shifts will require the server to spend a significant amount of time on his or her feet, often lifting heavy loads. Once you become a lounge server, you will likely need to manage money and use a point of sale system as well. It helps to get some experience in a retail setting or restaurant setting if you want to get a job as a lounge server in some establishments.

You do not need any specific level of education in order to become a lounge server, but you will need to have basic math skills as well as exceptional communications skills. Computer skills are also usually required, since many point of sale systems in lounges and restaurants are now computerized. Most of the skills you will need can be learned on the job, but you will also need to develop a passion for good service and friendly communications, two things that cannot necessarily be learned on the job.

Most servers work for tips, which means the amount of money you can make once you become a lounge server can vary significantly. Tips can vary depending on the customer's experience, his or her willingness to tip, and various factors beyond your control such as the quality of the meal. Be prepared for fluctuations in your income due to such variables, and make sure you develop a good way to accurately keep track of the tips you earn during a shift.

Look into various job openings in your area if you want to become a lounge server, and carefully read job descriptions. It is a good idea to write a resume tailored to these job descriptions, even if the application process does not require you to submit a resume. This document will give employers a sense of your past experience, education, and goals; it will also show them that you are organized, prepared, and serious about the position. If any specific certifications or licenses are required before you can become a lounge server, look into what steps you need to take in order to get certified. A food handler's license and an alcohol server's license may be required, though many employers will help you get such certification after you are hired.

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