How To Write the Perfect Bartending Resume

 Written by Alexander Johnson and edited by Or Geshury

The Bartending Resume

We call it the bartending resume, because a bartending resume needs to be different from any other resume you've built for any professional job.  If you're going to be a banker, or you're a teacher, or you're a mechanic, and on the side you want to bartend, your resume needs to not be your mechanic resume, your resume needs to not be your teacher resume, because at a bar and restaurant if you've taught middle school for six years, that's not as relevant as if you went to bartending school.  So we need to tailor and cut and paste your old resume, and turn it into a whole new resume.

How The New Resume

That's going to detail relevant job experience, Another thing I see a lot is, people who have been in the industry for a while, have a two page resume, a three page resume.  When a restaurant or bar gets a resume, it's in a stack of resumes as high as a bottle.  They are looking for fun facts, they're looking for bullet points, they're looking for quick snippets.  They're not looking for long paragraphs.  You really need to make it jump and pop.

I was in an office one time with a restaurant manager looking over resumes, she saw a resume that was two pages, without even looking at the name, she said: "Two pages!"  Balled it up and threw it over her shoulder.  Things are so faced paced, my manger doesn't have time to eat or use the bathroom let alone read and look at three pages or two pages of a resume.  

Short and Sweet

So short and sweet, we're going to list the last three places we've been at, three relevant job experiences, we're going to outline what we did there, and we're going to try and use number whenever possible.  If I said something like for Job Placement, I placed 30 jobs a month for Aqua Vitae.  And if I said for the 2nd bullet point is "Passionately finding students jobs, by creating question and answer based content for Aqua Vitae.

Your Bartending School Experience

This is absolutely crucial because it outlines your base of knowledge and your foundation. It also shows that you are willing to invest in yourself in order to improve in this field.

Responsible Service Certifications like RAMP and ServSafe

These show additional training and benefits to the bar in terms of saving money on insurance, reduced risk, upselling ability, and versatility behind the bar.

Showing Extra Individual Knowledge

Things like additional training in wine, beer, coffee etc. Visiting distilleries and breweries, joining the United States Bartenders Guild, and in general moving forward and pursuing your passions in food and beverage go a long way to differentiate yourself from other applicants who show up for tips and a pay check.

MOST IMPORTANTLY Make Sure You Update Your Contact Information

Before my experiences hiring and working with students, I never really thought about this, but it's surprising how many times people forget to update their contact information to reflect their newest cell phone number or the e-mail that they check the most often (most people have an e-mail they started in high school, a more mature e-mail with their first and last name, and an e-mail they use primarily for work, make sure you put one that's professional and that you're actively checking).  It's much more common than you'd think, so do a quick check at the end of updating your resume to make sure all the relevant information is up to date.