Why Servers Quit Their Jobs in the Food Industry to Work in Beauty and Never Looked Back

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The foodservice industry is not for the faint of heart. It requires long hours, long periods of standing, and — often — thankless customers. Working as a server can leave you feeling underwhelmed and overall unsatisfied in the work you do. Here’s why many servers have quit their jobs in the food industry to have a career in beauty.

Flexible Work Schedules that You Determine

Working as a server in the food industry is unpredictable at the best of times. Depending on holidays, local events, or different times in the year, you can end up with different scheduling and putting in lots of overtime.

If you’re working the closing shift, or have a slow table, you’re stuck waiting until they’re finished before you can leave, so you can say goodbye to your social life! With a career in beauty you still get the benefit of flexible work hours and aren’t bound by slow eaters. In fact, the faster you work, the sooner you can leave, or the more clients you can add to your schedule.

Instead of being punished for working diligently, you are rewarded in time and increased wages for a job well done!

Being Able to Sit Down and Have Adequate Rest Periods

Working as a server often means endless hours of running from table to table to catch orders and corresponding with the kitchen staff to get the orders filled quickly. This is painful for your back and feet, and often leaves you drained. Servers who have transitioned careers to work in the beauty industry are able to sit down between bookings and often during consultations, or even while working — like nail technicians.

You Get Tips and Are Thanked by Clients

It’s true, those in the food service industry often do get tips. But servers generally also receive an extremely low salary. Plus, there are customers who do not feel as if the tip is earned because they believe servers don’t do anything other than walk a plate from the kitchen to their table. However, with a career in beauty, you are providing a service directly to your client. You consult with them, get to know them, provide them with the beauty treatment, and give them the transformation they’re looking for. When your client can see all of the work that you are doing, and know that you’ve been through specialized career training to be in this field, they reward the effort with an appropriate tip. On top of that, they will give you a genuine and sincere thank-you for helping them achieve their ideal look.

Are You Interested in a Career in the Beauty Industry?

If you want to work in the beauty industry and ensure that you’re performing the best techniques and using quality products, the best advice we can give is to get a solid education. At Evergreen Beauty College, not only do students get hands-on training from industry professionals, but they also receive invaluable business training, to be fully prepared for a long term career.

To find out more about our beauty training, schedule a tour of one of our three campuses, or contact us for info.

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

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