Getting a job as a 15 year old is no easy task. Some districts require minors to obtain a permit that allows them to work. Working in a fast food restaurant is one of the best entry level jobs for 15 year olds, or anyone for that matter. Employees in restaurants are often cross-trained and learn multiple skills and handle several responsibilities on a daily basis. Below are the best fast food restaurant jobs for 15 year olds.
Cashiers greet customers and use point-of-sale (POS) systems to take orders. Cashiers are responsible for handling all incoming orders and ensuring co-workers are aware orders have been placed. A cashier doesn’t just simply take the customer’s money and wait, they ensure the customer is satisfied with the ordering process from start to finish.
Make sure to check out what major responsibilities are need to take on a cashier/clerk position.
Running/bussing is a position available in most fast food or casual restaurants. Fast food locations usually have runners “deliver” the food to customers. For example, a runner may assist a drive-thru cashier by organizing & collecting items to be ready for when the customer drives up. Bussers at casual and upscale restaurants clear and set tables and assist waiters and waitresses with delivering plates to guests.
Hosts/hostesses greet customers at the door at casual and upscale restaurants. They also answer phones and hold onto items such as takeout orders. Employees working in this position also handle reservations and usually assign seats and must balance between servers to ensure all employees serve a fair amount of guests.
The dishwashing position is reserved for those who aren’t afraid to get a little dirty. This position is considered the most basic and entry level position in the kitchen. The dishwasher keeps the kitchen clean and organized and manages the dishwashing machine as well as keeping pots and pans ready for chefs and cooks. Many beginners mistakenly assume this is a laidback job, but it is actually one of the most labor-intensive positions in restaurants.
A prep cook handles preparing ingredients and meals for guests and customers. A prep cook might prepare or cut ingredients for line cooks, or they might prepare bulk items like salsas or soups. Anything you see in a restaurant that obviously wasn’t made in a small time span was most likely prepared largely by the prep cook and finished by the line cook/chef.
We hope this guide helped give you a better idea of working at a fast food restaurant as a 15 year old. Many people don’t start working until their late teens, but this isn’t ideal. Future employers, organizations, and institutions will be impressed to see that you started working at such a young age.
Many people also make lifetime careers out of restaurant jobs. Dishwashers or bussers that start at the very bottom move on to one day own their own restaurant or at least manage one.
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