So you want to learn how to become a bartender. You aren't sure how to go about getting started. You have found the right place. This article will expose some of the myths of getting started in bartending and show you how to become a bartender, no matter your previous experience.
One important aspect of becoming a bartender is mastering the job interview. Personalities are very important in bartending and your personality is on display during your interview. Don't get caught up in the, I need experience myth. There are lots of bartending jobs out there that require only a great attitude, and no previous experience.
Experience is not as important as you might think when you are trying to get a bartending job. Lots of owners and managers look past a persons experience because they are sick of hiring people with bad habits and having to train those habits away. An applicant with no experience doesn't come with bad habits, and if you can show a great attitude most owners and managers will give you a chance.
Use the right tools in your job search. Along with a positive attitude you will need a compelling cover letter and a good resume. Lots of bartending jobs will only require you to fill out an application. If they do require an application, fill it out but also leave your cover letter and resume. The whole point is to separate your self from the crowd and become the easy choice for the job.
In order to have a great cover letter and resume you must design it specifically for getting a bartending job. Do not be generic. To write a compelling cover letter you need to tell a compelling story. Remember all the challenging situations you have been in. Try to remember even the smallest details. Is the story about how you handled an aggravated customer? Is about some obstacle you overcame? Does it show how you are a great team player and employee? Your cover letter must show, not tell, that you are a great hire. The employer needs a reason to hire you; you must give them that reason by showing how you will be an asset to their organization.
The resume and cover letter need to be current, relevant and most of all compelling. The letter should push the reader to read the resume. The resume should entice the reader enough to grant an interview. Neither has to get you the job, it is in the interview where you will earn the job.
A bartending job interview isn't like other job interviews. You can be more relaxed and at ease in a bartending job interview. They have already read your cover letter and resume so expand on the themes you presented there. And always remember to let your positive attitude and winning personality shine through, they are the keys to getting the job.
Your goal during any job interview is to get the interviewer interested in and liking you. It is like a first date. Reveal yourself in the most compelling, positive light you can. Tell stories and give details. Details help a story to ring true and gain interest. If they are interested and like you they will hire you.
In conclusion, bartending jobs are not as hard to get as it seems. Aspiring bartenders just don't usually know where to start. If you want to become a bartender take my advice and apply the ideas above. You will be working behind the stick in no time.