OCCUPATION THESAURUS

SERVER



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HELPFUL TIP:

How your character makes a living is an important decision. After all, there’s probably a good reason why they chose this career. Think about how they pull on certain talents and skills, have positive or negative traits, and adhere to a specific work ethic to excel. Sometimes characters choose an occupation because of how they were raised, something they experienced, or even an emotional wound, so consider how all of these things will show readers who they are deep down, and why they do what they do.
OVERVIEW:
 A server is someone who interacts directly with the patrons of a restaurant, bar, cafe, diner, pub, or other location where food and drink is served. They oversee the customer experience, greeting and seating guests, relaying any specials that the establishment wishes to up-sell, answering questions about the menu items, taking orders, relaying special requests or dietary conditions to the cooking staff, serving food and drinks as they are prepared, and delivering the bill when the customer is finished. Wait staff may also be responsible for collecting payment, carrying away dishes, packing up leftovers, dealing with customer complaints, and light food preparation (such as plating salads and premade desserts.)

NECESSARY TRAINING:
In most situations, no post-secondary education is required to be a server, but a high school diploma is often the benchmark for many employers. Depending on the restaurant’s pedigree, extra courses and training may be required or encouraged. A server may also need to take training to obtain a permit to serve alcohol.
Servers will receive onsite mentoring and instruction on specific business protocols, be trained on any technology systems used by the restaurant, educated on food preparation and safety, and taught how to handle and execute customer requests.

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EMOTIONAL WOUNDS THAT MAY HAVE FACTORED INTO THIS OCCUPATION CHOICE:
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PEOPLE THEY MIGHT INTERACT WITH:
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HOW THIS OCCUPATION MIGHT IMPACT ONE'S BASIC NEEDS:
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REASONS THE CHARACTER MAY HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO THIS PROFESSION:
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