Yesterday I went to an event that was sponsored by WNYC Public Radio here in the Big Frozen Apple. It was called "Out From Behind the Apron" and it was a forum that discussed the state of the food service industry. I was happy to be invited to speak but I was even more excited that I got to meet a few readers who came out to voice their opinions. A super shout out to Michelle and Araby who work at Palo Santo in Brooklyn. They told me the next time I am in Brooklyn that I should come by and I am totes gonna take them up on that offer, so be ready, girls.
Anyhoo, at the event Araby brought up a point that touched a nerve with the room. She expressed her sheer and utter disgust (my description, not hers) at craigslist ads for servers that require a resume AND a photo. I have written about it before, but it bears repeating. When a restaurant asks that you submit a headshot, they may as well be saying "Please be young, attractive and sexy. Thanks." It pisses me off because no amount of attractiveness is going to beat my 127 years of experience waiting tables. (I started on May 1, 1884, the same day that the eight-hour work day was first proclaimed by the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions in the United States. I was a busser at Ye Olde Fish and Chip Shoppe/Salad Bar.) One time I tried an experiment on craigslist. I sent in my resume and headshot for a job. I also sent in my resume with a headshot that I lifted from the Internet of a model. I expected that the hot guy's resume would get a call. As it turns out, they didn't call based on either headshot, so apparently my resume just sucks. Araby said that she doesn't send in pictures because she knows that since she wears glasses, they will never call her in. Araby, shame on you for believing that gentleman don't make passes at girls who wear glasses. Araby had a sexy Tina Fey thing going on and I'm pretty sure she wanted a piece of my pancake (wink, wink). Just sayin', but I digress. The point is that no restaurant should need a picture to hire someone. What other profession requires a headshot other than actor or model? Can you imagine a school district looking for a math teacher, but asking for a recent photo? That would never happen. Or a law firm asking for potential attorneys to do that? Nope. But waiters? Sure, why not? They think we servers are a dime a dozen and for every one who won't send a picture there will be ten who will. They're probably right. Thy will keep asking because people will keep sending them in. I guess eventually we will all have to head over to the mall and make an appointment at Glamour Shots if we want a fucking job serving food. Here's mine:
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