Most bartenders agree with me, one of the hardest parts about becoming a professional bartender is breaking into the industry and landing your first bartending job.
I hear these frustrations all the time:
- How do I become a bartender if I don’t have experience?
- Do I need a bartending license to become a bartender?
- What should I put on my resume?
- How do I look for work? Should I apply for jobs online or apply to bars directly?
- Should I go to bartending school? And what are my alternatives?
These are all valid questions. And believe me, I understand your frustrations! When I was starting out, I went through exactly the same thing.
I always wanted to be a bartender so as soon as I was old enough, I scoured the internet and applied for every bartending job I could find. I was excited, I was ready, and I was confident I’d find a job within a week. But nothing happened.
I didn’t even get a call back for an interview or a reply email informing me that my applications were unsuccessful.
So I gave up and I blamed my lack of experience for being unsuccessful. Sound familiar?
It was the wrong approach and it’s one of the only things I regret about my bartending career. Instead of wasting 3 and a half years fantasizing about tending the bar, I wish I dealt with the rejection like an adult, figured out what I needed to do to, and broke into the industry sooner.
The truth is, I could have become a professional bartender a lot sooner. I just didn’t know how. (from website)
Post time: Mar-11-2019