Server/Hostess, Reston, VA - November 13, 2012
A typical day at Paolos for me is either coming in the lunch shift at 10 am or the dinner shift at 5pm sometimes both. Each shift I would either have to help set up in the morning or clean up for the night. Serving can be a stressful and sometimes an unpleasant job. Its not meant for everyone. I started off as a hostess then began my training as a server two months in. I had to learn all the items on the menu as well as our wine list. It was pretty difficult for me because I am a very shy person and going up to tables and greeting them was intimidating. But with good training from my staff and the help of my managers I was able to over come my fear and also become a much better server. I worked my way to earn some of the closing shifts which helped with making more money. There are days where it can be very slow and not making anything for the time you are there. And there are also days where you can make plenty for the times worth. It always a tease. The biggest con with this profession is not making consistent money and also it can be very stressful on the body depending on how many shifts you work.