ResponsibilitiesA busser works closely with the rest of the restaurant staff to ensure the restaurant’s smooth operation. The wait staff and bartenders especially need the busser’s help in cleaning tables after guests have left, bringing dirty dishes to the kitchen, resetting tables with clean dishware and refilling water glasses. At times, the busser may help the wait staff bring food to the table or help the bartender serve drinks, clean glasses or restock supplies. In general, a good busser is a jack-of-all-trades handy man who helps out wherever needed.
QualificationsA busser is a great entry level job for those who have limited experience or skills. Training is provided completely on the job, although be sure to stress in your busser resume any experience you’ve had in restaurant environments. There is a lot of walking and some lifting of trays and boxes, so being in good physical condition is required. The routine can be unpredictable, so you should have an adaptable attitude and be able to adjust to a variety of duties. It is also important to be reliable, because a restaurant shift without a busser can put a major strain on the entire operation.
CompensationBussers seldom make much more than minimum wage and the work is usually part time. However, few people remain bussers for very long if they don’t want to. That is because working with the bartenders and wait staff usually results in learning those skills well enough to move up to a better paying position. As long as there are restaurants there will be a need for bussers, which makes it a job with lots of opportunity for steady employment. Many people with successful restaurant and hospitality careers began as bussers, and it is widely considered an excellent way to get your feet wet in the field.
Jae Parker1 Main Street New Cityland, CA 91010 Cell: (555) 322-7337 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgSummaryEfficient and hardworking Busser with experience in high volume dining operations. Outgoing professional bringing enthusiasm, dedication, and exceptional team work abilities.HighlightsNeat and clean appearance Follows safety procedures Strong communication skills People person Helpful teammateQuick worker Fast learner Able to lift heavy loads Works well under pressure Extensive hospitality backgroundExperienceJanuary 2010 to Current Cookson Country Club New Cityland, CA BusserWork with wait staff to handle all customer needs. Deliver food and refill beverages. Greet seated guests and offer water and starter items. Keep tables free of debris and floors clean. Remove dishes and trash after guest departure and take all items to kitchen for disposal or cleaning. Sanitize and clean booths, tables, and chairs between guests. Notify management promptly of any dining area issues.August 2006 to December 2010 Toppenham Farms New Cityland, CA BusserAssisted with banquet setups for weddings and other special events. Placed water and bread on tables at or just before guest arrivals. Refilled drinks as needed and responded to guest requests. Cleaned up spills and brought out replacement food items. Removed debris from tables and cleared dishes between courses. Swept, wiped down, and cleaned tables, chairs, and dining area after meals.March 2004 to July 2006 Marcello’s Italian Restaurant, Ritz Carlton New Cityland, CA BusserGreeted newly seated guests and brought water and light appetizer to table. Cleared dishes after guests departed and took tablewear to washing station. Wiped, swept, and cleaned each table area to prepare for next guest. Monitored guest area and responded to requests or cleaning needs promptly. Helped servers with regular and large-party food and beverage deliveries. Completed end-of-shift cleaning duties to maximize dining area cleanliness.