How to write a bartending resume
So you’re ready to start searching for a bartending job but you need to know how to write a bartending resume. Drafting a bartending resume is not much different from writing any other kind of resume. However there are a few aspects you will want to emphasize when writing your bartending resume.
Resume example is at the bottom of the page.
Resumes are generally formatted from top to bottom with these elements:
1. Contact information.
This is basic information on how to contact you. Your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address. For example:
123 Example St., City, State, Zip Code
Phone Number: 555-555-3271
Email: JohnDoe123@ Example.com
2. Qualification Highlights.
This can be one of the more important sections to your bartending resume. Under this section you will bullet point some of the highlights that may set you apart from the competition.For example if you know another language put that in this section. Bartending is very much a people oriented profession and if you know how to speak Spanish for example, it can put you one step ahead.
Also mention any kind “Point of Sale” programs you’re familiar with. Many bars and restaurants are moving to a computer based system and having experience using computers to place orders and ring people up could be valuable knowledge.
Take a moment to think about this section.Write any skills that set you apart from others.Especially if its customer service or people oriented. It’s important not to write a page full of bullet points, they will never get read. Just focus on a few key highlights that make you better than others.
This section is simple enough, state any kind of education you have. Yes it’s just a bartending job and it doesn’t require a degree in Astrophysics but if you do have a degree state it.
Completing school can make you look well rounded and it shows that you can see something through to the end. Also, on a more obvious note, list any kind of bartending courses you may have taken. If you have gone to bartending school put it here.
4. Job Experience.
This is the meat and potatoes of your bartending resume. Place the most relevant job experience at the top and work your way down. For this section state where you worked, how long you worked there, and your job duties. Here’s a quick tip that can help you stand out.
Under this section instead of just putting the job duties for each location of employment, describe the kind of bar it was and bits of experience you picked up from that job.
If it’s a trendy night club, mention that and state how you really grew comfortable working under pressure. If it’s a small quaint restaurant bar that specializes in wines mention how it helped you develop a vast knowledge of wines.
The actual job of bartending is pretty much the same everywhere. You provide customer service, make drinks, run the register, keep track of stock, and keep things clean.It’s the atmosphere of a particular bar that helps shape your particular bartending style. This is a great opportunity to set your resume apart from others.
If you don’t have very much experience bartending then emphasize closely related fields. Perhaps you were a waiter or waitress. Also emphasize any experience with customer service.
5. Certificates & Awards
This section is pretty self explanatory. But please, keep your certificates and awards relevant.
No potential employer is going to care if you’re the underwater basket weaving champion. Perhaps you’re TAM (Techniques of Alcohol Management) certified, or maybe you’re CPR certified. Keep your certificates and awards relevant to bartending.
Typically you should list at least three references. List their name, their relation to you, and a phone number.It’s also a good idea to inform your references that you’re using them and they may get a call from potential employers.
Now you know how to write a bartending resume that can stand out from the competition. Below you’ll see an example of the resume format.