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New Servers

If you’re new to serving and don’t know where to begin, then this page will send you in the right direction. Just check out my blog posts below to get a start on learning how to be a good server.

If you have any comments, suggestions or would like me to cover a topic that I haven’t written about then please shoot me an email and let me know through the “Contact Nathan” page.

As a server you are in an industry where you can make some great money if you know what you’re doing. A great way to increase your tips is to learn from people who have done this for many years and are willing to show you how to do so.

Hopefully you can take away from here some information that will help you make the most amount of money for your time in the restaurant, just know that I’m here to help you along the way.

Good luck and I wish you nothing but the best!


How I started as a server

This post is a quick story of how I fell into the service industry when I was 13 years old, YIKES 🙂

What makes a good server?

In a survey with approximately 11,500 responses to the question “What makes a good server?” I have written about the top 10 things that people wrote as their answer, and I explain why these things are important.

How to get a serving job

Here I talk about applying for the job, an important aspect, who you should speak to, common questions asked in an interview and give you free resume tips.

Where to find restaurant jobs

Apart from applying directly to a specific restaurant/hotel/cafe/bar etc, this post mentions 5 places you can find job listings for servers.

Serving alcohol

In most states in the U.S. and in all Canadian provinces there is a requirement to be certified to serve alcohol if you work in a licensed establishment. Here you can find out whether you’re required to be certified where you are, take your test online easily, and become certified to serve alcohol.

What to do on your first day

A post which explains what you should do and bring with you on your first day of work. It’s better to know what to expect and be properly prepared.

Steps of service – The basics

This explains from start to finish the steps I take from when a table of mine enters the restaurant right up to when they leave.

Restaurant terminology

If you’re new, you’re probably going to hear a lot of new words being thrown around. Here is a list of commonly used terms you will come across while working in a restaurant.

Maintaining your tables

Learning how to stay on top of table maintenance makes your job easier, keeps your tables happier and in return creates bigger tips for you.

6 tips for time management

6 easy tips to help you work smarter and not harder.

Profiling your guests – Why you shouldn’t

Learn how this can sabotage your earnings.

5 other server related blogs

This is a blog post I wrote which has a selection of other servers who are writing about the service industry. From information to experiences and stories there’s a good selection for you to choose from.