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A hostess is the primary point of contact for diners at a restaurant. This employee sets up the customer for an exceptional dining experience. They greet the customers and direct them to their table, assist them with the restaurant specialties, make them feel welcomed and looked after, and ensure that the entire experience is seamless. Depending on the requirements of the restaurant, hostesses work part-time or in full-time schedules. Work benefits differ depending on the employer and the number of hours of work each week. Most restaurants provide lucrative benefits packages to qualified hostesses. The compensation package includes an average salary of $33,674 per year plus an average of $30 in tips per day. Other job benefits include discounts on meals, paid time off, healthcare coverage, and 401(k) retirement plans. Once the hostess gains enough industry expertise, they may be promoted to waitstaff or supervisory roles. Career advancement opportunities are usually available at the same restaurant once the manager has had a chance to observe the hostess's skills, knowledge, and ability. Being a hostess also provides a fabulous opportunity to build on customer service skills, thus preparing hostesses for future roles. Many restaurants offer paid training to new associates, helping them learn the essential job duties. 

Hostess Essential Assignments

The primary duties of a hostess are to welcome guests, determine wait times, guide diners to their tables, explain the menus, and inform guests about daily specials. At some restaurants, hostesses are responsible for booking reservations. Additionally, they assist in regulating restaurant operations by maintaining continuous contact with servers and kitchen staff. Since most or all of a hostess's duties are customer-centric, the complexity of the job is dependent on how busy the restaurant is. During peak hours, the demand for quality customer service is imperative, and in such cases, the hostess should be able to manage the work without buckling under pressure. Considering the hostess is the first person the diners interact with when they enter the restaurant, they must represent the restaurant well at all times, with professionalism and courtesy. 

Checking for suitability for a Hostess

Essential qualities that hiring managers look for in a hostess include: a friendly personality, patience, and organizational capability. Typically, restaurants do not ask for educational certifications for hostesses. However, most restaurants set the minimum working age requirement at sixteen years old. For this entry-level position, most establishments do not require previous work experience. However, prior experience in the foodservice industry is always a plus. The applicant is required to be presentable, be appropriately dressed, and exhibit confidence. One of the most valued skills is to maintain a positive attitude at all times, especially during peak business hours. Other essential skills that recruiters seek are the abilities to think ahead and multitask. 

45 Hostesses  applied for jobs in the last 24 hours on Workstream.

I***** N*****(503)-6**-***0
Hostesses for Hire in Portland, OR
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I***** U*****(615)-9**-***0
Hostesses for Hire in Nashville, TN
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A***** U*****(916)-4**-***7
Hostesses for Hire in Roseville, CA
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E***** A*****(616)-3**-***6
Hostesses for Hire in Canton, MI
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N***** A*****(559)-5**-***0
Hostesses for Hire in Fresno, CA
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A***** U*****(612)-9**-***5
Hostesses for Hire in Saint Paul, MN
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N***** P*****(516)-7**-***4
Hostesses for Hire in New York City, NY
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A***** P*****(330)-2**-***6
Hostesses for Hire in Canton, OH
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E***** U*****(313)-3**-***6
Hostesses for Hire in Ypsilanti, MI
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O***** E*****(702)-8**-***3
Hostesses for Hire in Las Vegas, NV
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Frequently Asked Questions about hiring a Hostess

What is the best way to find and hire a Hostess near me?
Online job boards are the best place to find qualified Hostess applicants. Employers posting their Hostess job on Indeed get about 16 applications from that board on average.
Which job boards should I post on to find Hostess applicants?
You should post to multiple job boards at once. The most successful job postings for a Hostess are on Indeed – but on average, employers post to 10 boards at the same time, using tools like Workstream. Publishing to multiple job boards at once helps you get your first applicant in 4 hours on average, which is shorter than the national average for Hostess positions.
What's the best way to communicate with applicants looking for a Hostess role?
SMS has 94% open rates which is higher than phone call or Email. Text to hire today!
Is it OK to text Hostess job applicants?
Hourly paid workers, such as Hostesses are actually more engaged when texting about jobs. We have found that text messages are 140% better than email at getting an applicant's response. Have a look at Workstream, which automates the process of texting and uses a phone number specifically assigned to your job post so you don’t have to use your personal phone.
Can I use a different phone number to engage Hostess applicants via text message?
Yes, tools such as Workstream provide custom phone numbers that allow employers to engage with applicants through their tool without having to use a personal or business cell phone.

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