Working at Per Se: ‘It’s Like You’re Derek Jeter’

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How many résumés do restaurants like Per Se and Daniel get? “It’s typical for 80 to 100 résumés to come in a day for serving positions,” informs an Eatocracy article about career waiters. “Of those applications received, about five are called for a phone interview; of those five, two are called in for a face-to-face and one is asked to trail, or shadow, the actual position.” And once you’ve got that gig at Per Se, “it’s an average of two to three weeks of one-on-one training with another kitchen server and a 125-page manual just for the entry-level position — and that’s not including a separate beverage manual.” [Eatocracy/CNN]