Post # 1
Every job posting I see for a bartender wants you to have at least a couple years of experience. Do you have any advice on how to get a position without experience? For people who take the bartending course and become certified, how can they get a job? If you could send a detailed cover letter trying to explain why you would be a great fit eventhough you don’t have experience, what would you say?
Post # 3
Don’t waste your money on a class, those are just rip offs. I have hired alot of bartenders and would almost never hire one without experience. Your best bet is to apply for a waitress job and be eager to learn the bartending. Although, there are places that might be more likely to hire with no experience if you are willing to work only days, which is ALOT less money, but is good training experience. For that, I would start at your local small neighborhood bars.
Post # 4
@tksjewelry: Agreed. I started as a hostess, then waitress when I turned 18, then bartending when it was open. Most restaurants I’ve worked at/my friends are employed at prefer you to start with the waitressing anyway.
Post # 5
I bartended for years and agree that those courses are a total rip off (I never took one) get in somewhere as a hostess or a waitress and work your way in to bartending.
Post # 6
I guess it’s too late, the course has already been taken and have the certification. The job if for my husband who works during the day so it would have to be nights and weekends. He is willing to work any nights or shifts on the weekend, but is not looking for a waitressing/server position. Just trying to see if anyone knew how to get your foot in the door as a bartender to try and help him out.
Post # 7
actualy the certification might help him since he will know the correct amount to put in a drink ( thus no over pouring, allways a good thing )lol
is he fast on his feet? how does he deal with stress? I know at the place I work Their version of ” Slammed” is more than 5 people at at time, because they simply cannot handle that many people at once.
PP were right you are better off starting at a neighborhood bar, or a resturant that has a bar.
Post # 8
@imalittlebirdie- He is very much made for a high paced environment and deals well with all types of people, much better than me. I might just put together a cover letter of explanning all his attributed that could make up for the lack in experience and ask around for any openings.