What are some entry-level jobs?
There are always plenty of entry-level jobs at restaurants, especially if they are located in popular tourist areas. At Buffalo Wild Wings, these jobs include hosts, servers, cashiers, cooks, bartenders, table bussers and cleaning crews. If you have management experience already, you may even be able to get a lower-level management job.
Restaurants have high employee turnover rates. Therefore, even if the location you want to work at is not advertising for positions, you can always stop in and speak to a manager.
For many entry-level restaurant jobs, you do not need any special skills. Usually these types of places will train you for the job you are hired for. If you do have experience in the restaurant industry, that is a plus.
Buffalo Wild Wings will want you to have excellent people skills. In the restaurant industry, it is important to be able to communicate well with others. This includes being personable and friendly. You also must be able to follow directions well and listen to your supervisor.
Tips to get hired here with a felony
We’re taking their official statement to heart. First, spruce up your resume to match the type of job you’re applying to. Then visit their online hiring site that lists available jobs and apply directly — remember, you don’t need to disclose your conviction here. You can also visit the location you want to apply at and ask for an application. We encourage people to follow-up or apply in-person whenever possible.
Before you go to the location, make sure you look like someone who should be taken seriously. Dress nicely, be groomed and brush your teeth. All of these little things add up to make a good first impression. It’s important you don’t look like someone who has done time. Cover your tattoos and be as friendly as possible.
Sometimes you pick up certain language and gestures in prison that aren’t good for a professional environment. Be sure to speak clearly to potential employers. Most importantly, don’t curse or use inappropriate slang.
Get a referral. If you know someone who works here, this is your golden ticket. However, a letter of recommendation works as well. Essentially, you now have someone else saying you are worth hiring!
If you get asked for an interview, you should prepare yourself with some sample questions. Practice answering questions like these:
- Why do you think you’re a good fit for this company?
- Do you have any experience in the restaurant industry?
- Could you please explain your criminal convictions?
Talk to yourself in a mirror or use your phone to playback the video or audio. Recording your answers to these questions can help you see where you can improve and gives you an outsider’s perspective. Practice is a good thing.
Make sure you show up for the interview dressed nicely. If you don’t have the appropriate attire, many local job placement agencies provide them for free.