How to write a Food Server job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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What does a Food Server do?

A food server is a food service worker commonly located in restaurants and banquet halls. A food server possesses exceptional customer service skills, as well as a solid understanding of food handling regulations. Food servers will greet guests and welcome their questions regarding the menu available daily specials.

Food Server job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Food Server job titles

  • Food Server
  • Food Server (2+ Years’ Experience)
  • Beverage Server
  • Food Server (Part-Time)
  • Food Service Worker

Food Server job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Food Server job summary

The Servers at our restaurant play an integral role in ensuring our customers have exceptional dining experiences. We are interested in growing our team, and are in search of a professional Server. The right person will be passionate about food and service, and thoroughly enjoy creating excellent experiences for our customers. The ideal candidate will have a friendly, outgoing disposition, and previous experience working as a Server in a bustling, fast-paced restaurant setting.

Food Server responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Food Server responsibilities

  • Greet customers warmly and direct them to their tables
  • Take food and beverage orders and enter them into our system in a timely fashion
  • Memorize our food and beverage menus and make recommendations to dining room customers
  • Provide attentive service to customers by refilling drinks as needed and checking in during meals
  • Promptly address customer service issues and refer customers to management when necessary

Food Server qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Food Server skills

  • High school diploma/GED preferred
  • 4+ years’ waitstaff experience
  • Minimum 21 years of age
  • Able to keep up in a fast-paced work environment
  • Knowledge of food service regulations an asset
  • Able to stay on your feet for an extended period of time and lift up to 25 lbs unassisted
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Willing to work a flexible schedule, including nights and weekeneds

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