What should I do? I'm not making enough money but have trouble getting any interviews..?
I work as a server. I've worked for one chain steakhouse restaurant for 4+ years and transferred recently to a new location within the company. I'm not being given opportunity to make money...even though I received an excellent written review on my service on my first day from a customer and my sales so far have been above average. I'm being scheduled to work in the morning and I've been leaving with only 30-40 dollars each shift. My old location didn't even have morning shifts so our guest's bills were higher and our tips were greater. I just finally had a dinner shift tonight (given to me because the manager said I'm a hard worker) but due to the slow night, I was cut early (though I was meant to be the closing server) and only left with $52 tip. I'm getting really tired of this. I need another job. I don't want to put down these managers as a reference because I haven't worked with them long enough and because I don't want them to know I'm looking elsewhere... Every time I send in an application, it goes unanswered. I just now set up an interview with UPS for tomorrow for a seasonal package handler position...However, it only pays $10-11 per hour. If I go with UPS, I cut down my availability for my serving job (would not be able to work weeknights at all) and I take less hourly pay than I want/need. I'm just feeling desperate. With all the change in my life the last few months, I've gotten behind on bills and this serving job isn't helping me catch up.
I suggest you review your resume. It all starts there.
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I think that you should work in sales. "There is no such thing as an unemployed salesman," said a friend who is a salesman.
The classic story about getting a job in sales is this one...
Joe, a sales guy, temporarily out of work, wanders into a furniture store. There's nobody there. Nobody. Two minutes later a husband and wife come in to buy furniture, and cannot find the store's salesman. Joe seizes the opportunity and sells them some furniture. A few minutes later the store's owner returns. Joe is now hired as a salesman.
Is this your "real" employment - you're not a student working part time jobs, correct? If this is your real job, I'd like to see you in something more secure, with more upward mobility re: income. So that would mean, if there are any near you, one of the major fine restaurants (some are union, and many have much higher tips than what you're looking at), or another career entirely - something that is stable and can lead to a higher income over time.
For the fine restaurants, it's possible you'd need to take a step back and be a hostess at first, and move into serving over time. It's also possible to get a job as a server. Either way, your best shot to get in is by knowing someone who already works there. So if you don't already know someone, you could try to meet someone via Linkedin or similar, using your network to connect with someone who works there, introducing yourself, etc.
In terms of adding something more stable, for that, a seasonal package handler type position at the USPS (the ideal package company if you can get in there), UPS, Fedex is a good first step. It doesn't pay much now, and there is a real chance it really only will be seasonal, but if they take you on permanently, it can really lead to something. Even better would be a seasonal job with the USPS as a postal carrier - that pays a good $17/hour or so.
But even better than that might be for you to take a bartender course, and become a bartender. If you can be a bartender at a good restaurant (not necessarily a chain) or bar, you can make serious bucks. You can either do this in addition to your serving, or instead of it. And if you're a great server (sounds like you are), you might be a fabulous bartender.
I wonder as well... have you thought of joining the Guard? If you join the National Guard, you work for them two weeks per year, plus one weekend a month. You get a salary, which is a set amount, which will help you. You'd start accumulating non-server work experience. And you get an education benefit, which you could use to pay for a degree or a trade program. It would leave you free to take evening shifts if they are available to you, but to have something steady to add to your server job.