You may be wondering if you should go to bartending school or get a bartending license in order to be a professional bartender. The answer is “yes” and “no.” However, if you are considering bartending as a possible new job or career, you will have to start somewhere. The question is where to start and how.
It is possible to get a job bartending with little to no experience.
If this is your situation and you have the chutzpah to apply for the job, we will have to assume that you have a natural “flair” for bartending. Your skills are so impressive, you could easily get past the initial line-up of the wildly popular TV show America’s Got Talent!
Jokes aside, you have to know your stuff, even if you have experience; nevertheless, we will assume that you’ve “got it going on” and all you need is a break. This means that you know your drinks, you are familiar with the bar area, and bartending comes easily to you.
You do have to know your stuff.
You know about alcohols and a whiz at customer service, including how to lay on the charm to receive those much-desired tips. You know how to deal with drunks, higher-ups, and how the information processing system functions such as data processors, the cash register, and so on. If you are not acquainted with these things, learn them.
This is a no-brainer. If you don’t have experience and want the job, you will have to be confident about your skills. This means knowing how to present your acquisitions and how to convince your potential employer that you are the best thing to walk through the door since their latest software update, which allows customers to order drinks electronically from their iPhone. You have to be tech-savvy these days. Assuming that you have all the above under your belt and you’re ready to roll, here is a bit of basic info to help ease any leftover anxieties. [click to continue…]