As we have come to figure out in recent times, the notion of job security, across the board, is virtually nonexistent.
In the middle of a global economic downturn, everybody seems to be expendable. But regardless of what the job market’s climate may be, we must survive.
We all have to hustle. We all have to find ways. During any kind of economic downturn, the hospitality industry seems to get hit the most. With that, one of the most common jobs in America gets hit the hardest: hosting and serving. If you’re a server that’s been hit hard by unforeseen forces, there are still options out there.
Depending on the severity of the situation, governments may deem certain industries to be “nonessential”. But being in the service industry doesn’t mean you fall under this category. With just a few quick searches online and you’re bound to find jobs hiring waitresses at GigLaser.com, there’s always a chance that somebody is hiring for whatever gig they have. It could be private events. It could be related to jobs that include skills that servers have. The point is, there is always somebody looking. One doesn’t have to go to the typical websites they always go to to find a job.
There are tons of different placement websites, even workforce contract websites. One just has to look. It might be a little bit further than you’re comfortable with. But if the money is right, and the cost of commuting is worth it, what have you got to lose?
The skills that one requires while in the service industry are not limited to the service industry itself. The communication skills, the memory, and the commitment to ours are all byproducts of being in that industry. If you have other talents, you can apply the same kind of dedication and effort to cultivate those into a money-making venture. Often, during an economic downturn, larger corporations are restructuring. If you can approve and provide documentation that you have proficient computer, PowerPoint, and Excel skills, you can pivot to an entry-level corporate job.
Remember, the tips may not be the same. If you are used to high traffic jobs in service where tips are 20 to 30% depending on the individual, and you see 40 customers a day, it might not be the same. But the point is you have your foot in the door of a completely different industry. An Industry that you can grow in. The politics of the office are a lot different, too. You might not know who you’re paired with, and there are often clear butting heads. But with your experience as a waitress, this should be a piece of cake.
All around the world, people have seen ups and downs in terms of money. Every generation has had its hardships. The important thing is that you don’t give up. Waitress jobs will open back up when the economy is on an upswing. But know that you, and the soft skills that you have mastered and acquired, can go anywhere and do anything if you put your mind to it.