WHATS UP WITH RESTAURANTS
Let me start off by saying that I have a part-time job with a place that has been in business for 60 years, part-time
work with almost full-time hours. I have been on Island, ST. Thomas for several months. I have never missed a day's work
and volunteer if they need me on my days off.
Here is my dilemma, I have decided I need a second job at night. I have applied at every restaurant that has employment
ads in the paper, and also those that do not. I have been searching for the last several weeks, nothing. I have 10 years experience
in the restaurant field. I put down my current employer, here in STT.
This morning, a lady who owns a small restaurant told me" go hang out at the bar in some restaurants and network, It's the only way
to find a job" I understand this, but I don't drink or party and I've been down that road when I was younger. I am 44 years young.
What am I to do, waiting tables is good money, usually, and that's what I want to do. So why do they put ads in the paper, and then don't
hire unless your a friend of a friend.
I'm a good worker,loyal,honest,reliable and no D/D so I don't come to work hungover or high. What's up????
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
check out tickles dockside pub at crown bay... they put up help wanted signs from time to time. i don't recall seeing one lately but it does not hurt to stop by and talk to one of the managers.
A Davis, thank you for the recommendation. I have been out to Tickles, apparently they have a great staff, and that is hard to find, a staff
you can count on. I do call them, so they will keep my name in the "still looking for work pile". They have been very nice and sincere, so I will keep my fingers crossed. But in the mean time, still looking!
For restaurant jobs, I've always found that you need to make yourself seen by the manager/owner or whoever is hiring, whether here or in the States (perhaps not the big chains, but individually owned places). They won't hire off a phone call. Its not about who you know, but who knows you. A face is more memorable than a voice, and if you show up credentials in hand, looking really professional, in person, that can make a difference. You could always go sit at a bar during some quiet time and drink club soda or non-alcoholic and talk to people. Some of the regulars may have suggestions on the hiring process/situation or give you some inside info that may help you.
Although for someone that doesn't drink or party it may seem strange, I find it pretty fair that for restaurant or bar jobs, your most effective networking may be at restaurants or bars. Often the newspaper ads are a formality due to fair labor laws and giving everyone a chance. But you may just have to play the game, and being there is a large part of that game.
A resume helps too if you can. I'm your age and a few years ago went to work only to find a "CLOSED" sign on the door. I hit the pavement with resume in hand and landed the closest thing to a "dream job" and have been here ever since. Keep up the search, it will come. All the best!
I know it sounds strange since you don't drink but pick out a couple of restaurants/bar near your house and become a regular. Go in once or twice a week, take a book or a newspaper, sit at the bar and have a coke. Have dinner once a week. Get to know the bartender and servers. Mention that you are looking for a few shifts and ask if they anybody who's looking for help. On these islands people like to hire a"friend of a friend". You can try, but you can't fight it.
Good Evening, thank you all for your advise. I have handed out my resume, just about everywhere I have filled out an
application. I do keep up with Career VI .com, and have put resume in there also.
I haven't really hung out at any bar/restaurants, but I guess I will try that. I am not opposed to other people drinking, I do occasionally have a glass of wine. I just have not met very many people here yet, because I feel it's not safe to be out after dark,
late anyway. I know something will come along, I have only just began my journey here and I know this is where I want to be.
Thank you, Linda J, Stxem and Sunshine. This board has been very helpful.
As a person looking for a job since June - well, not so much the last few months - I feel your pain. Shipwreck is hiring. Have you tried Duffy's? In all honesty you are probably getting too old (don't shoot the messenger) for Duffy's but they have had some management positions open lately.
I hear from the grapevine that XO is losing someone soon. Also, Jacks has been so slow that the bartender is waiting tables but hopefully that will change soon. Might be good to get in there when you can.
Wikked has had some openings.
caribbean.craigslist has some interesting openings. The Daily News is always a good venue. You can get it online after about 4:30 or 5:00 every day and then click on classifieds.
Best of luck!
Thanks Pamela, now I have to deal with being old-to. 😮 Just kidding!!
Everything you suggested, is exactly what I have been doing, craigslist, paper online.
My resume is retail/restaurant management, so I know the business.
XO, I have not heard, is this a restaurant?
I understand. I had to deal with being too old myself this year. I really only meant for the floor at Duffy's however.
XO is in Red Hook Plaza. A bar and restaurant. Sort of right across from Duffy's but in the shopping center. Will let you know if i hear of anything else.
Persistence, persistence, persistence has paid off!!!!!
I found my second job today and it fits perfectly with my day time job, I am so happy!!!
Thank you, everyone, for all the advice.
Excellent to hear - yes the persistence and good attitude will pay back here for you.