A bartender is a key member of any hospitality-based business. A bartender can literally make or break a business, as customers are quick to desert a business that has a bad one. If you are a good bartender, your chances for employment and making good money are excellent.
Job Description & Responsibilities
A bartender prepares and serves drinks, usually alcoholic ones. The job setting can range from the local bar to a fancy restaurant or anywhere else where drinks are served. If you’ve had any experience working with or around alcoholic beverages, be sure to mention it in your bartender cover letter or resume. The bartender also collects the payment for the drinks, so also be certain to mention in your bartender cover letter any experience you’ve had handling money. Bartenders often keep track of the inventory and may be responsible for ordering new supplies. Simple cleaning chores may also be required, as well as serving packaged or simple to prepare foods.
No academic degrees are required to be a bartender, although it is not uncommon for people to boost their job competitiveness by taking vocational courses in the field. Many bartenders are trained on the job. Because alcohol is being served, bartenders are required to meet legal qualifications that vary from state to state. Be sure you know what they are and if you meet the requirements of your state before applying for a job. One key skill bartenders should have is the ability to be personable and maintain order. If you don’t have those personality skills, you probably can’t bartend no matter how well you mix drinks.
A bartender’s pay can vary widely depending upon such factors as how much business the bar does, how personable the bartender is and the socioeconomic status of the bar’s clientele. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that most bartenders make about 25,000 dollars per year. A well written resume and cover letter with bartending experience on it are highly effective. Because the hospitality industry is so large and varied, demand for bartenders is usually very high. The wide range of people you meet can also help you to network for other, better jobs.