Is a Back of House Job Right For You?

If you're shy, prefer to work on your own or you're just not into working with the public, then think about looking at back of house jobs.

Katy Boyles |
Katy is our Social Media Manager at Snagajob, where she loves talking to hourly workers and employers all day long. Her first hourly job was as a hostess.

We often hear from job seekers asking things like "I'm shy and not much of a people person, what jobs are good for me?"

Well the truth is, there are plenty of hourly positions available that aren't customer-service oriented. If you're shy, prefer to work on your own or you're just not into working with the public, then think about looking at back of house jobs.

What does back of house mean?

Back of house jobs, often referred to as BOH jobs are the behind the scenes jobs in restaurants and retail. Although these positions are more elusive to the public, they are certainly no less important than other positions. In fact, back of house employees are vital to the success of any business because they work where all the magic happens. Without back of house staff, businesses couldn’t survive because there would be no products or services to sell.

Because these jobs aren't very visible, they are often overlooked by job seekers. This means you may find less competition competing for the jobs and that employers will be looking to hire these positions fast!

Some popular back of house jobs:

Busser: Bussers play a very important part of creating a clean, comfortable atmosphere for restaurant guests. Typically, they're responsible for cleaning tables, removing dishes, taking food to tables and assisting servers and bartenders. Generally, bussers interact mainly with restaurant staff. If you’re shy and looking to improve your people skills, this may be the job for you.

Dishwasher: Dishwashers are typically responsible for loading, unloading and cleaning restaurant dishes, utensils and glassware. Dishwashers play a vital role in ensuring a restaurant’s reputation of cleanliness and often help with kitchen clean-up.

Cook: There are a variety of cook positions that range from prep cook to chef and although responsibilities vary depending on the food preparation job you take generally, all of these positions involve working closely with a small group of restaurant staff.

Inventory/Stock: When it comes to inventory and stock jobs position titles vary. Usually most of these jobs require organizing, loading and unloading materials and inventory. Stock and inventory employees play an important role in keeping products on the shelves for customers.

There are many other BOH jobs to choose from, including management positions. Now you just have to ask yourself "is a back of house job right for me?" Just remember, you don't have to be a people person to find a great job where you can showcase your special skills.