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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.

How to become: Server · Cashier · Front Desk Agent · Team Member · Crew Member
These qualifications are required: TIPS · Food Handler Certification · Driver's License
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What skills help Hosts/Hostesses find jobs?

  • Basic math
  • Bilingual
  • Cash handling
  • Cleaning
  • Communication skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Computer skills
  • Customer service
  • English
  • Food service
  • Guest relations
  • Guest services
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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.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
High school diploma or GED71.9%
Bachelor's degree14.6%
Associate's degree8.9%
Middle school education3.3%
Master's degree1.2%
Doctoral degree0.1%
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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.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0 - 4$19,800
4 - 8$22,200
8 - 12$24,600
12 - 16$25,900
16 - 20$26,200
20 - 24$26,300
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Common qualifications for Hosts/Hostesses

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  • certificationFood Handler Certification
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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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