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Many people want to know how to become a bartender without any bartender experience. Not just because the jobs pays good money, but also for the reasons that being a bartender comes with great amount of freedom and flexibility.
A bartender can travel around the world without any shortage of work. Whether you’re in Amsterdam, Miami, Beijing or Sydney – you will have jobs waiting for you. You get to sleep in and wake up whenever you like, and you’ll make more money during a four hours shift than most people do working 9 to 5 in a boring office. In addition, you’ll be able to meet new people, acquire business contacts, flirt with the opposite sex and improve your social life.
The amazing benefits of becoming a bartender are clear to most people. However, the question a lot of people ask themselves is how to become a bartender.
There are many paths to landing a bartender job and pursuing a career as a bartender. Some people get referred through friends and family, others choose to follow a course or a bartending school. Either way, everyone does it in a different way and with different level of experience.
Here are five tips on how to become a bartender without any bartending experience.
The first and most important tip I can give you is to take action. Nothing will happen until you decide to follow your dream. You can surf the internet whole day, read success stories of other people, get inspiration from people who’ve been in your shoes and dream about landing that well-paid bartending job.
However, until you decide to take action, you will be where you are now. Albert Einstein said that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome equals insanity. You can’t become a bartender without making the decision to take action.
Get the word out
You might be reluctant to get the word out that you’re looking for a new job. Maybe you’re switching careers and don’t want your current boss to find out. You might feel too inexperienced to announce your goals to your family and friends. Either way, you shouldn’t underestimate the power of your own network.
By your own network I mean the people you know directly or indirectly (through other people). People in your network definitely know other bartenders and bar owners. You may not know it, but they do. So, get the word out that you’re on the market and start talking to people. It might be a huge surprise to you how many people will go though great lengths to help you out.
Create a cover letter
You might already have a cover letter that you’ve used in the past. If your cover letter doesn’t focus on the bartending profession, it’s useless. Regular job employers expect professional looking and somewhat boring resumes on white paper. This kind of resume will not land you a bartending job.
Bar and nightclub owners looking to hire new employees are looking for personality. They are looking for fun, outgoing and socially skilled bartenders that will raise their profits. Aspiring bartenders need to create a cover letter that will pop with personality. It has to be original, humorous and communicate the following: I am the fun, outgoing bartender you need behind your bar.
Represent yourself on social media
Many aspiring bartenders have their own profiles on social networks such as Facebook, MySpace and Orkut. Remember that your profile may be your business card in the bartending profession. I know a huge number of nightclub and bar owners that will check out your social network before deciding to call you for an interview.
There are two main reasons why they will do this. Firstly, if you succeeded in getting their attention with your cover letter, they will want to double check if their intuition is correct. Your profile will tell them a lot about yourself: whether you’re that fun, positive and outgoing person you claim to be.
Be sure your profile contains pictures that prove this. Focus on uploading pictures that show off your amazing people skills. This would include pictures with your friends, you being in the center of everyone’s attention, you entertaining others, smiling and having a blast. Delete any pictures that might give them a suggestion you are a loner without any real friends.
The second reason to check out your profile is to look at the number of the people in your network. With other words: they will look to see just how many friends you have on there. While it may seem unimportant to you, those hiring bartenders will always prefer quantity over quality.
They want to hire bartenders that know a lot of people, as this ensures you’re connected in your community. And connections mean money in the bartending profession. Whether you hang out with these people is not of importance, they just want you know whether your social skills are good enough to befriend you with a lot of people.
In case you have a small amount of friends online, ensure you add more people before going after bartender jobs. Maybe you only added good friends on there. See that you add everyone you know: people from junior high, high school and college, people you worked with, people you met through other people, people you met at parties and birthdays and even people you do not know in real life but met on online communities.
Improve your bartending skills
You may be successful at landing a job as a bartender, but you need to know how to prepare drinks and cocktails. Otherwise, you’ll be laid off pretty fast. Many people believe that learning bartender techniques is something extremely hard to do. Even more people believe that a bartender needs to know every single drink recipe out there. Nothing could be more further from the truth.
In fact, all you need to do is learn a few basic terms and techniques. In addition, you will need to know a few basic recipes of most popular drinks. After you’ve become familiar with the basics, you will need some practice. And there’s an easy way to accomplish this: you can practice at home and improve your bartending skills.
write by Fallon