Bring in the New Year with a new job
I want to get in shape. I want to eat better. I want to quit smoking. I want to organize my life. I want to get out of debt. I want to find a new job. Making New Years resolutions provides many people with optimism, bringing them a new outlook on life for the year that lies ahead. Making New Years resolutions every year is an important tradition and gives many people another chance to get it right.
One of the most popular New Years resolution people make every year is to find a new job or find their dream career. For some people, that new job or dream career could be bartending. If finding a bartending job is one of your New Years resolutions this year, here are some important things to consider:
1. Do you have what it takes to be a bartender?
Being a bartender isn’t just about making drinks. Sure, knowledge of drink recipes and preparation is important, but bartenders have many different responsibilites. Bartenders have to be outgoing, social beings in order to win the hearts of their customers and keep them coming back. Bartenders have to be able to multitask quickly and always think two to three steps ahead. Besides the obvious responsibilities of being a bartender, don’t even consider the profession if you don’t want to work late nights and most holidays. If you can’t imagine being on your feet for eight hours and being at the customers and servers beckon call for an entire shift, bartending might not be the job for you.
2. What kind of bar do you want to work in?
There are as many different types of bars out there as there are different personalities to work behind them. Before beginning your bartending job search, take personal inventory of yourself to see which type of bar you would want to work in. Do you enjoy food and wine and don’t want to work until the wee hours of the morning? Consider bartending in a restaurant. Are you a night owl who enjoys going out and only wants to work a couple fast and furious shifts a week? Consider bartending in a nightclub. Do you want to be in a place where everyone knows your name and their always glad you came? Consider bartending in a local neighborhood bar. Or do you desire the ultimate schedule flexibility and want to work in a different environment each time you show up for work? Consider bartending for a catering company.
3. Learn the profession
Every bar trains new employees during the first two to four shifts. During these training shifts, new employees get paid their hourly wage, but don’t get a piece of the tipping pie. That’s because the bartender training the new employee has to take time out of their normally scheduled shift to show the new employee where everything is at, introduce them to regular customers and the serving staff, demonstrate how to prepare and serve the house cocktails, go through the opening and closing procedures and assign side work. The training shifts are also a way for the bar to test drive the new employee, to see if they will make a good fit with the rest of the staff and the culture of the business.
If a new bartender wants to learn extensively about the different products served behind the bar, various drink recipes, classic cocktails, cocktail history and fine tune their customer service skills, they have to seek the knowledge on their own. This can consist of enrolling in classes at a local bartending school, taking an advanced mixology course, doing research online or attending any number of special events sponsored by brands within the food and beverage industry.
4. Have an effective game plan for the bartending job search
Some people swear up and down that it’s all about who you know in the bar industry in order to land a bartending gig. Sure, it helps to know people already working in the industry, but having an effective game plan for your job search is really key to finding a bartending job. Every effective job search will include having a strong resume and interviewing skills. Be prepared to utilize online resources such as craigslist, but don’t solely depend on them. Sometimes finding a bartending job is all about timing and might require the applicant to pound the pavement.
5. Pay your dues
Like with any industry, be prepared to pay your dues. It’s rare that a new bartender will land their ideal bartending job or shifts on their first try. Sometimes, people have to work at many different types of bars before they find the right one for them. Soak up all of the knowledge and experience that you can and network with all of the people you meet along the way. Bartenders tend to be nomadic people. If you work hard long enough, pay your dues and are patient, the dream bar or shifts will open up to you.
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