How to become a Host/Hostess

Most of the time, getting a job as a host or hostess requires submitting resumes by walking into a restaurant and introducing yourself to management. Your potential employer wants to see that you can present yourself well, are appropriately dressed and are confident.

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What skills help Hosts/Hostesses find jobs?

  • Host/Hostess Experience
  • Restaurant Experience
  • Hospitality Experience
  • Guest Relations Experience
  • OpenTable
  • Cash Handling
  • Guest Services
  • Basic Math
  • Customer Service
  • Phone Etiquette
  • Food Service
  • Writing Skills
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Career progression for Host/Hostess

Education levels for Hosts/Hostesses

Based on the requirements of Host/Hostess job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Host/Hostess in the United States within the last three years.

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Common qualifications for Hosts/Hostesses

  • Food Handler Certification
  • TABC Certified
  • TIPS
  • ServSafe
  • Bartender License
  • Driver's License
  • MAST Permit
  • OLCC Service Permit
  • First Aid Certification
  • CPR Certification
  • Non-CDL Class C
  • Guard Card
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Frequently asked questions

Common questions about career advices for a Host/Hostess

What skills are needed to be a host/hostess?

One of the most valued skills in this job role is to maintain a positive attitude at all times, especially when the restaurant is at its busiest. A host/hostess should make customers feel welcome and looked after. Other important skills to have include the ability to be organized and think ahead.

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