Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: If you’re genuine and friendly and you like to “run the front of the house,” being a host(ess) at a fun restaurant could be a great way to get out there and make some cash.

Amava Take: You know what people want–they want a table. A good table. It’s the little things! Imagine if you were the one making sure people got the table they were hoping for! Restaurants are a team effort, and when you are on the “front lines” you’re the first person diners interact with, and it can be the start of an experience that will keep them coming back! The rest is up to the Chef!

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?

Charming, attentive people do so well in this role.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Ask the staff who the regulars are so when they come in you can give them a special welcome.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Shift-based schedule.

From the Trenches:

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

It’s always nice to see people coming in for special occasions or just to unwind from their busy schedules.

How would you describe the hard parts?

It’s always disappointing to turn people away or make them wait.

What’s your favorite cuisine?

For me, it’s all about comfort food.

Special Requirements: In general, hosts and hostesses with experience get priority, but if you’re a fan of the place and present well, that could be a way in.

Finding a Position: Check with restaurants that you love for openings. Listings on job boards are common. This gig-based job marketplace has many opportunities and the National Restaurant Association has tips, information and special events. This article and this article outline the traits that make a great host or hostess.