Want to work as a bartender but don’t have any experience? Well, we’ve got good news and bad news for you.
The good news is; landing a job in the service industry is pretty easy. The bad news is; it may not be a bartending job right off the bat. Not to worry though, because we’ve got some tips for breaking into the industry.
By far the most important thing you can do to land yourself a sweet bartending gig is to befriend some bartenders. As with most industries, bars and restaurants are all about nepotism. If someone who likes you knows you need a job, the next time they hear of one they’ll recommend you.
If you don’t have any experience bartending, why not ask a friend if you can train with them? This may not fly in fine dining establishments but I know several dive bars where the bartenders train the occasional newbie.
Just because bartending is a fun job in environments that are often relaxed and casual doesn’t mean you should be too informal. Bring a resume to interviews, dress professionally, and be on time. It sounds ridiculous, but just these three things will set you apart from the rest.
I’ve gotten two bartending jobs by simply walking in with my resume (during non-busy times of course) and asking if the place is hiring. Yes, this is tedious and time consuming but it can pay off if you’re in the right place at the right time.
If you’ve never bartended before you may need to start off in a different position such as barback or hostess. Then when a position opens up, you’ll be there to fill it. Don’t worry, turnover in restaurants tends to be high and an opportunity may arise sooner than you think..
Bartending school is widely laughed at in the service industry and the things you learn there rarely translate to reality. Instead, focus on getting actual training somewhere. Don’t worry about memorizing a million drinks, that will come with time. Bartending is about being efficient, friendly, and good in a team setting.
Many bars and restaurants require certifications such as a food handler’s license or TIPS certifications. These courses are cheap and not too time-intensive and employers love to see that on a resume.
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Coworking is undoubtedly changing the way we work and is making waves across the globe. Yet, while there are hundreds of cowork brands that host millions of individuals in brick and mortar facilities, only a few forward-thinking companies are taking the concept to the next level by incorporating, none other than, the bar!
We put our heads together to come up with a few reasons why (co)working from the bar makes perfect sense.
With last call not happening until 2am in some states, you have a much longer window of time to be productive. Sure, you may decide to shut down around midnight, but when working from the bar, you at least have that option.
You never know who you’ll be seated next to, which makes bar working exciting and always new! Just imagine getting settled for a bar work session and looking up to see that one of the area’s most well known business pros just plopped down next to you… serendipity at its finest!
Mixing it up with people at the bar is kind of like going to a networking happy hour, but without the pressure and uncomfortable introductions. Sit at the bar for an hour or two, and you’re likely to spark up a conversation with someone you’ve never met about something you may or may not discuss often.
Free flowing convo with the new people you’ve connected with will undoubtedly spark a charged up conversation. These viewpoints and opinions, as different from yours as they may be, are valuable and can add something new to your business thought process...Embrace ‘em.
Every red-blooded professional needs access to wifi and most restaurants offer it to guests, at no charge, to entice them to stay longer and eat more. Save your hotspot storage and soak up theirs.
In the case you don’t want to go to the bar to spark up conversation with all the cool people you’ll meet, just pop in your headphones and bury yourself in your laptop. Chances are no one will bother you, thus allowing for a distraction-free work session.
Use your barmates (and even the bartender) to talk through new business ideas that you’re considering. Or get their opinion about who to hire or fire. They’ll be able to provide you with unbiased opinions and, quite possibly, useful data that could otherwise cost you lots of money to obtain from a professional.
Traditional cowork spaces don't have this option on a regular basis, and when they do, it's up to members to clean up their own mess. Bars, however, come with full menus and staff to clean up. Less hassle for you... and you'll need something to soak up the alcohol.
Of course! Why work at a cowork space that only offers members beer when you can go to a bar and get the whole shabang! That drink (or two) may be just what you need to get your creative juices flowing and get you into your work groove.
Bars are fun… drinking (when done responsibly) is fun… and if you're doing what you love, your work is fun too! Here's to making awesome things happen... Cheers!
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