(Closed) Thoughts on hiring college students?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Would you hire college students to work at your wedding?
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  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    How much are you willing to pay? Is there a restaurant or bar that you frequent whose bartender you might be able to offer the position? That’s what we did (well, essentially, it was actually a bar we worked at previously). I would probably be more comfortable with that than a random student I don’t know. My second choice would be to look on craigslist, as many bartenders/ex bartenders/recent bartending school graduates post offers there.

    In all honesty, though, as a 22 year old student, I would take this job seriously and do a good job, and I would hope most would.

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Wouldn’t do it. I just wouldn’t trust someone who had little or no background in bartending or waitstaffing to do it or to act appropriately. This isn’t a knock on college kids, because I wouldn’t hire some random unemployed person to do it either. 

    I would find a bartending school and ask for your position to be posted or passed along to students or alumns. That, or I would put a call out on facebook for friends or family that know people in the restaurant service field. 

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @cirk:  I think if it’s someone you’ll have to see in the future (hello, accountability!), I’d be fine with it. I can’t imagine a 22 year old not being able to handle that & do it well. ETA: I would still probably try to hire someone who has at least worked in a restaurant, though most college students have probably served/bartended at some point.

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’m all for it. I hired my best student to be my day-of-coordinator, and a friend of hers to do babysitting for children of guests (I made sure she had good credentials first). We toyed with the idea of hiring another one to be our driver but ended up deciding to just take a cab. 

    Make sure you have a good contract with them so you can sue them if they fail to show up or anything. Ask for a resume so you can hire somone with bartending experience who has also shown a sense of responsiblity. I would put an ad in the college paper and also put up flyers in the student center. 

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    There might be liability issues with this – servers in myprovince who serve alcohol must have specific training, and the venue may require you to provideinsurance for serving liquor.

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    If it’s that simple go for it, college students could always use a little extra cash and a free meal 🙂  Maybe only take people with serving skills, like who have worked in resteraunts before.

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I agree with the PPs that say to find someone from a bartending school or something similar. Here anyone serving alcohol is required to be smart seve certified and you can do it as soon as you’re of age to drink.  

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