How To Hire the Best Bartenders in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware

How To Hire the Best Bartenders

AVI's guide to our Job Placement Services

Hire A Bartender

The first and most common way is to simply fill out our hire a bartender job request form.

After you fill out the form, our job placement coordinator will get in contact with you and go through with you a short verbal questionnaire to see how we can best serve your needs.

Besides that, here are some other ways we can help you hire bartenders!

        1. Request access to post on our Alumni page

Our Bartending Alumni page is home to hundreds of bartenders, including many bar managers! Our alumni are spread out across the tri-state area, so even if you’re requesting a bartender fifty miles away from our school, there’s a good chance we can still serve you! A simple post on our alumni page will give you access to some of the best bartenders in the city and it’s completely free of charge! If you'd like to request access to our Alumni page, you can fill out the request form here and ask about it!

        2. Scheduling A Bartending Job Lecture

Interested in hiring multiple bartenders, but don’t want to shift through thousands of resumes? You can schedule a lecture at Aqua Vitae Institute and tell our students all about your bar and the history behind it! Our free Bartending Job lectures will not only prime your perspective hires with the information they need to serve their guests, but it will also give you face to face contact with would-be bartenders!

       3. Request Graduates for Guest Bartending

Aqua Vitae Institute has run many successful Guest Bartending terms with bars all over the city! Guest Bartending is fairly simple. For a few hours, a graduate will get behind your bar. Typically, guests bartenders are paid through tips and only tips. If you’re a bar owner or manager and are interested in taking a bartender under your wing for a full day, let us know. While guest bartending is typically paid through tips only, we do request that a manager or another bartender spend twenty or so minutes setting up.

We’ve found that spending at least a few minutes before the shift starts to help the guest bartender through the workings of the bar they’re at helps prevent a lot of confusion going forward! If you are impressed, you may also be able to hire the bartender!



How Do Restaurants and Bars Find Great Bartenders

How To Hire Bartenders and Service Staff

While high tech recruiting firms an average of $16,000 for a hire, a restaurants and bar ability to be able such an amount for talent is extremely rare. Instead, most restaurants choose to do hiring independently. This usually means placing a "now hiring" ad on the door for onlookers to see--and hopefully apply.

Besides the now hiring ad, the most common way restaurants find bartenders is through a referral or word of mouth. This is when someone puts in a good work, says they know whats expected and will fit into the culture of the bar almost immediately.

Online has also become a very powerful tool for finding bartenders. Many bar owners that post online bartending job ads are in an immediate need for a person fast, or they need to hire a large amount of people. Partially because most bartenders aren't tech savvy, but also because of tradition, many if not all job postings remain on Craigslist. However, this isn't set in stone and does vary greatly based on city.

Recently in Philadelphia, there has been some pretty great competition to Craigslist. One of the more popular ones, especially in Philadelphia, is known as Culinaryagents. This website has given a huge revamp and focused on connecting hospitality professionals around the world to finding a job. The users of this website tend to be younger, but are very eager to learn and excel in their field.

Just because these are solutions that are common, doesn't mean it's safe to say that every city in the world will work the same. In fact, you might be losing on a huge pool of applicants if you aren't proactive with what you do! If you ever get stuck, the solution is to network with others! Talk with other restaurateurs across the country and asking them if they know anyone good looking for a job. You can also ask, if it's a small city, where they post jobs and how they hire, trying to copy there example.

All over the country, there are thousands of network events, many are free, which are hosted by universities like Drexel's philly chef conference or the ncbshow. If there isn't any, you can always start your own on a website like meetup!

Aqua Vitae Institute can also connect to a network of hundreds graduates for free of charge by just filling out the hire a bartender form here. If you have preferences like height, personality type, beer experts or flair bartenders, we can vet our people and match with those we think might be a decent fit for the bar's image for you ahead of time and streamline the process greatly.

If you would like more indepth strategies to finding staff or need help retaining staff, Aqua Vitae Institute also offers a Bar Leadership Course. Contact us for more information!

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