Post # 1
Okay, I posted the other day about applying to a Mexican restaurant for a summer job. I haven’t heard anything back from them yet (but hey, it’s only Monday), but I just got a message from the manager at American Commodore Tuxedo. She wants to schedule an interview for some time this week!
If I go to AC and get hired, I’d be working retail, gaining experience, and working with something that ISN’T food- which is great, because I’ve worked in fast food for almost 3 years. I’m not sure what the wages would be or if you get commission.
BUT if I work at the Mexican restaurant, I’d be utilizing my Spanish major and getting nightly tips, so I wouldn’t have to wait for my next paycheck to get money. Of course, there’s the fact that some people are TERRIBLE tippers, but it’s an occupational hazzard, I guess?
So my question is, which is preferable? Waitressing, or working in a specified retail store (in this case, only tuxedo rentals)?
And if anyone works/has worked at American Commodore, how is/was it?
Post # 3
I have never done clothing retail, so I am unsure of how this works. I see your point on waitressing as how you don’t have to wait for your paycheck, but you need to think on a grander scale here, long term. However, seeing as how you are a spanish major, maybe the waitressing (if you are hired) would be good for you, so you keep practicing, and if you are good at what you do, perhaps move up to supervisor, and maybe in the future night shift manager. Either way, think long term. What will make you happiest? Because waitressing, you work with all sorts of people, gender, families, races, age, and with tuxedos you will work mainly with men celebrating a major life change. What do you prefer?
Post # 4
I’d choose the tuxedo place also. Sure some spare change might be nice but being able to budget in a paycheck every 2 weeks is part of learning to manage money and growing up. Plus it seems a lot less stressful and more enjoyable. I could be wrong, but it seems for classy.
Post # 5
I’d figure out about wages, my guess is that you’ll make more waitressing but that’s just a guess and depends on the clientele and how busy it is on a regular basis. But I’d go with whichever paid more.
Post # 6
I’ve never heard of American Commodore, but I can tell you that I have worked in retail (clothing stores), fast food and waitressing. Waitressing was my favorite job hands down. I was always busy doing something and I made freakin’ BANK on tips. If American Commodore offers you commission above base salary, it might be worth it!
Of course, the hours of a waitress suck. Retail hours are much better because shops usually close at 9 (even earlier on Sundays!). As a waitress I wouldn’t get home til after midnight most shifts. How important is that to you? Personally I don’t think you can compare fast food to waitress in an actual sitdown restaurant. My experience as a waitress was much better.
I think when it comes down to it it’s probably a personal preference. I really enjoyed waitressing compared to my other jobs, but I’ve never worked for a tux shop before.
Post # 7
Ive never waitressed but I know tips can vary a lot from night to night. Making it difficult to manage money at times. I worked in retail for years and even though I HATED it at the time, looking back it gave me a lot of great experience for future jobs. The customer service skills, talking to all different types of people, etc. are skills that you need in pretty much any future career. Retail also gives you a more steady paycheck, assuming they dont cut hours drastically and things like that.
Post # 8
Ahh, the answers are all over the place lol! This is good, though, these are the things I need to hear.
@Bostongrl25: This is a really good point. My other major is communication, so the people skills learned in retail could really help with that.
@TinyTina: My mom waitressed for YEARS and she would always get home really late. Not that I would mind at this particular point in my life, but it is something to think about. The mall closes at much more convenient hours.
@Cash000: What will make me happiest… you know, sometimes it’s the simplest question that really gets you thinking. I typically think about what’s more practical instead of what would make me happiest. Thank you.
More opinions are certainly welcome. Keep them coming!
Post # 9
I would do the waitressing… you are kept busy and time flies.
Post # 10
If you are a good waitress – I’d say go for it! I have a friend that is a FANTASTIC waitress and makes more in tips in two shifts that I do at my full time job all week!
for me though, I’m a terrible waitress and LOVE retail.. unfortunately, I feel that retail is really hard work – long hours on your feet – for (typically) very little money.
Post # 11
@Miss Fish: Seriously, if I could go back to serving I would. I worked at Mortons which is a really nice Steakhouse here in the city and I was making $200-$350 a night in tips on the weekends and about $150-$250 during the week. Of course I didn’t have insurance and the tips were unpredictible. I could give great service at one table and get 15% and the same service at another table and get 30%. The hours also sucked. I hated being there until 1am or sometimes later. *sighs* I even toyed with the idea of going back to serving on the weekends just for the wedding. I loved meeting new people everyday and moving around. I’m making good money now, but with insurance, 401K, other taxes, ect I’d be making more serving.
I’ve worked in retail also. I hated it. I hated being at the store after we closed just folding all the display clothes over and over and over again. I don’t know why stores put shit out like that on display anyway. It gets messed up as soon as someone starts going through them to get to their size. I hated returns. People would try to return something that had been obviously worn and washed, but would say they never wore it. Then why does it smell like Gain!?
I would choose serving. ^_^
Post # 12
I have served at a few different places, and worked retail at one, and I HATED retail. SO boring. Same shift every day, same thing every day, folding clothes, etc. I didn’t like it at all.
On the other hand, I loved serving. Every day was different, and I made so much more money serving.
Post # 13
I adored being a waitress and the money was sooo good. I’d do it again! Good luck, I’d say being a server over retail. I also did retail and was not in love.
Post # 14
I’ve worked both as a student and waitressing over retail any day!
I had a lot of fun and had a great retail job (American Eagle!) but can’t beat the tips serving.
Post # 15
The only thing I’m worried about is that I’ve never BEEN a waitress before. I was a really good front countner worker at Burger King, but that’s totally not the same. You give people their food and then they’re not your responsibility anymore, lol.
@lilsneakers: Holy cow, does she work at a high end restaurant or something? That’s amazing!
Post # 16
I’ve done both and I’d go Waitressing all the way. Unless that retail job pays over $10/hour you will make more waitressing. I also prefer to be busy and I hated just standing around in retail. Also I liked being a little more independ waitressing rather than having the manager of the store breathing down my neck all the time. I found waitressing way more fun too, getting to interact with people and talk rather than that will $9.99.