According a report from the National Restaurant Association, restaurants across the country are expected to add 450,000 jobs this summer season. This is the highest summer employment number since 1993.
The states projected to add the most jobs during the 2012 summer season are New York (43,800), California (32,900), Massachusetts (28,800), Texas (24,600), New Jersey (22,900), Michigan (20,100), Ohio (19,900) and Illinois (19,400).
How can you get one of these jobs? First of all, check out your local restaurants. If it's a chain restaurant, you can look at the website to see if they are hiring or see if you can apply in-person. You may be able to apply directly online. If it's an independent establishment, stop in and ask if they are hiring.
Use the job search engines. You'll be able to search by keyword - restaurant, waitstaff, server, busser, etc. - and your zip code. Here's an example of the SimplyHired search results for restaurant jobs in the 12020 code - over 729 jobs. If you want a specific type of job, here is a list of keywords you can use to search.
If you're looking for a job for longer than the summer, don't hesitate to apply. Many companies will keep on good staff year round and given so many jobs are held by students who are going back to school, you may be able to stay on the payroll for longer than you think.
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