Is mixing drinks a job that makes all your dreams come true?

It gives you the opportunity to travel, work in a fun, party environment such as a nightclub or a Hawaiian-themed summer resort where you can show your flair and dazzle and amaze the customers as well as your employers.

Or are you more of a high-end bartender where there is less of the ‘pizazz’ and more of that suave, neat and professional appearance?

In both cases, you rarely rely on a piece of paper, such as a resume to get you a new job; you want your skills and creativity to win people over.

However, to get the chance to make a few cocktails for your prospective employer, you simply must create a great CV that will differentiate you from other bartenders applying for this job.

After all, it’s all about targeting and writing a well-organized resume.

This is why we will show you how to make the best resume that will get you more interviews and more chances to shine!

What you will learn is:

  • How to point out your strengths.
  • How to handle the tricky education section of a resume.
  • How long your resume should be.
  • What information it should contain.
  • What information you should leave out.
  • How to draw attention to your resume in the sea of others.
  • How to create a resume that is better than a majority of them out there. (We will teach you how to be that ‘1 out of 10’ that gets picked!)
  • Mistakes to avoid when writing a great resume.
  • And many other helpful tips and tricks.

Are you excited? We are! So much so, that we did a great deal to help you get passed around this anxiety about writing a CV.

Since it is in your nature to show more than tell, you will also better understand our standpoint from examples.

There are two great ones, take a look at them, and later in the text, we will explain all the sections step by step, in case you missed something.

What is more, browse through our list of resume layouts and pick one that you think expresses your personality and creativity best, and start filling it in as we go! It is really easy and even fun (almost as mixing and drinking a Mojito)!

Bartender Resume Example

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Bartender Resume Sample

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GUIDE ON WRITING THE PERSONAL INFO SECTION

Writing the personal info section cannot be more straightforward. Write down the information that will enable the recruiters to contact you: your full name, your valid phone number, professional e-mail, and your current address.

You can also include a LinkedIn profile account, which is a modern-day equivalent of a business card. In your line of work, and especially if you are a show bartender, you may have another social media profile that can showcase your skills – a YouTube channel or an Instagram account, for example, that will remotely start winning your employers over.

Just make sure to create a direct link to it, so the recruiters can easily access it from the e-mail.

Now, aside from the things we already mentioned, you can include your photo but check the laws of your country beforehand. In some countries, it is not allowed to include photos in your resume. If you do, though, make sure that you do it correctly.

Photo

A nice, and clean, good quality photo showing a mature professional.

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Photo

A party photo, including more people.

A small resolution, unclear photo.

Inappropriate dress code.

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Regardless of the fact that you may spend a lot of time mixing drinks at parties, your resume should show your professional side.

Another thing that is not usually included in a resume and even being asked for this kind of information during an interview is considered inappropriate is your age.

This may be overlooked when it comes to bartending as it is required to be over 18, and in some countries, even over 21, to be allowed to mix and serve drinks.

What are some mistakes people make when writing personal information? Believe it or not, there are more than a few, aside from choosing a wrong photo, and here are some of them:

Personal Info

Gregory Chan

gregorychan@hotmail.com

9505 East Arnold Drive, San Jose, CA 95116

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Personal Info

Greg ‘Chan-Chan-Man’ Chan

Greg.chanchanman@hotmail.com

San Jose, CA

Wrong

You should keep the professional appearance while providing all the information. Ditch the nickname, even your stage name if you have one (you can include it in the summary).

Make sure that you provide your complete address, as well. And as for your e-mail, make a new one to use only for your resumes if it is not easy to remember and relate to your information.

Something generic, or with a lot of numbers and random letters may not be the best choice as it will be impossible to remember.

Have you picked out one of our resume layouts already?

Fill that information right away and save yourself the trouble of going through it later. Guide on writing the summary section

GUIDE ON WRITING THE SUMMARY SECTION

Writing the summary section is the most creative part of creating a resume, so this should not be a problem for you.

To decide what to write down simply finish the sentence: “Hi, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am…” and then just tell them who you are. And not just your name, say a couple of things that make you perfect for the job that you are applying for.

Many people wonder how long the resume section should be, and we are here to answer: 2 to 3 sentences with the right information are the perfect amount.

Do not be stingy with words and do not oversell yourself by stating everything that makes you great.

Point 2 or 3 of your biggest achievements, use a few words to describe yourself as a person and add a little something about what you can bring to the job or what you want to get from it, and you are all set!

Do you have your layout in front of you? Great! Use our pointers to write the perfect summary and get that interview!

Summary - Example 1

A young, creative bartender is looking for a new and challenging bartending job where I can put my 5 years of working experience to good use, and help you draw and keep new customers. I thrive in a well-paced, fun and communicative working environment with colleagues that inspire me to create new cocktails!

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Summary - Example 2

An educated bartender, with a diploma from the University of Mixology and over 2 years of working experience, is looking for a job where I can put my theoretical knowledge, and my experience to good use. My deep knowledge of wines makes me a perfect addition to any classy restaurant with a substantial wine selection.

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Summary - Example 3

A bartender with 5 years of experience is looking for a new job.

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Summary - Example 4

An educated bartender, with a diploma from the University of Mixology and over 2 years of working experience, is looking for a job where I can put my theoretical knowledge, and my experience to good use. My deep knowledge of wines makes me a perfect addition to any classy restaurant with a substantial wine selection. I like spending time with new people and talking to them about current events. That keeps them coming back, so your restaurant will always be packed with customers.

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Do you see the mistakes?

The first one is way too short and generic to draw any attention to your resume, while the other is packed with a lot of unnecessary information which will bore the recruiters and make them think that you are just not the right fit for them.

Look to the job description to help you decide which skills and achievements to highlight.

If you do that, the recruiters will not have to look past the summary to know that you are great for the job!

GUIDE ON WRITING THE EXPERIENCE SECTION

The experience section of a bartender’s resume is, in addition to the skills, the most important part of it.

Why is that?

Well, to be a great bartender you do not need to be formally educated, you can acquire your skills by simply learning from a senior bartender on your first job!

To make the best of your resume section, make sure to list all the achievements and the knowledge you have gained.

Write down how many cocktails you know how to mix, if you work well under pressure, if you were promoted if you are a show bartender. Use bullet points for this. It is neat and makes the information pop out.

Pay attention to this, when we talk about the experience, we mean the bartending experience.

If you spent summers in high school working at MacDonald’s, you can leave out that information as it is not relevant.

On the other hand, if you spent your summer working at your dad’s liquor store, you may use that to show your extensive knowledge of the types of liquor.

Another thing to pay attention to is the order in which you are presenting your experience.

Start with the most recent one, and then go back to the very first relevant one.

The form of your experience section should go like this: the time you spent on the job (e.g. June 2010 – September 2013), the position you held (e.g. Bartender), and the company (Company name, City, State).

The mistake that you should avoid is to give generic information without any details. The details are what separates you from the crowd, so include some in your bullets.

Experience description

  • Increased cocktail sales by 15% in one year
  • Mixing 99 most common cocktails

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Experience description

  • Increased cocktail sales
  • Mixing cocktails

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Adding a new experience has never been easier! Use our resume builder to add or remove sections with just a few clicks!

GUIDE ON WRITING THE EDUCATION SECTION

In usual circumstances, with jobs that are more mainstream than bartending, writing the education section is the easiest part of creating a good resume – you just list your formal education relevant to the job you are applying for.

Usually, you should write down graduate and undergraduate studies and any related certificate you might have obtained during the years in reverse-chronological order.

Add a few bullets about what each school has taught you and list your accomplishments (GPA, awards, scholarships, and skills you have acquired), and you are done!

In the case of bartending, you do not need to have any formal education to be good at what you do – all your knowledge may come purely from experience.

So what about the education section?

Well, first of all, with the rise in need for bartenders and baristas in the last decade, the market has become more and more competitive.

Because of that, many bartending schools came into being. No, you will not find a bartending major at Yale, but if you have completed some or another bartending course or became a certified mixologist do not hesitate to put it down on your resume.

Bartenders with some sort of education may have the upper hand when competing for the job with the ones who rely only on experience.

This applies mostly if you desire to work at a high-end restaurant, bar or a resort.

The owners of this kind of facility think a lot about the image they create and educated staff contributes to that image.

On the other hand, if you rely on your experience to score the job you want, you have two options.

You may choose to leave out the education section altogether, which is quite okay because luckily for you, with our resume builder removing a section is a piece of cake!

You can also choose to put down your high school and maybe focus on some personal skills you have developed there. Usually, high school information should be left out of a resume unless it is directly related to the desired job.

So why should you include it in your bartending resume?

The answer is simple – almost all bartending job descriptions require the applicant to have graduated from high school.

By putting this information down, you speed up the screening process and raise your chances of getting invited to the interview.

Due to the nature of the job, you will have to have a license for serving alcohol and working in the hospitality industry (such as health permit and others), so include information about those as well.

Check the law in your state since they may vary from state to state and country to country.

GUIDE ON WRITING THE SKILLS SECTION

So, when it comes to the skills section and how to write one, this is where you can really show how you differ from your competition.

You have to focus on your

  • Personal skills – communicative, good conversationalist, great team member, tidy, and whatever else applies
  • Business skills – mixing traditional cocktails 5/5, mixing modern cocktails 4/5, coming up with new, custom cocktails 5/5, barista 2/5, wine connoisseur 4/5, and more
  • General skills – Conversational level of Italian, Advanced knowledge of German

Which skills you decide to put down is on you; however, look for clues in the job description to help you make that decision. The employers usually know exactly what they need, so they write it down.

Does it say “knowing additional languages is a plus”? Do not skip to mention which languages you speak. Do they want a creative bartender? Flaunt your ability to make up new cocktails; this is what creativity means for you.

Now, what are some mistakes that are usually made when talking about skills?

Skills

PERSONALGreat conversationalist, enjoys chatting up customers
BUSINESSMixing traditional cocktails 4/5

Creating custom cocktails 5/5

Barista 2/5

GENERALConversational level of Italian and German

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Skills

PERSONALConversation with customers
BUSINESSTraditional cocktails

Custom cocktails

Barista

GENERALItalian, German

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The key to a great skills section is to be as specific as possible without being too braggy. Keep the information up to 1 line.

You have noticed that there are many ways of showing the level of your skill (as seen from the table, never throw down skills randomly; always include the level of knowledge).

For a resume to be great pick one and stick to it in the entire section.

Our resume builder offers you various ways of presenting your skills to choose from. Do you like star-based grading? How about descriptive? There is everything for everyone!

FINAL RESUME TIPS & TRICKS

  • Make sure your resume has no type-Os and spelling mistakes.
  • Your resume should not be longer than a page -this makes all important information visible at a glance.
  • Let’s point this out again – keep it professional.
  • Do not make the bullet points longer than two lines.
  • Save your CV in a PDF format.
  • Do not be afraid to include additional information, such as social media accounts, in your line of work, it can make a huge difference.
  • Use our resume builder to point out the most important information. It is the easiest and quickest way to do so.
  • This may seem redundant, however, be sure to actually have all the skills you have listed in your resume. Your interviewer might ask you to perform right away, and you will not have the time to prepare or fake a skill.
  • Make sure that your resume is modified according to the job description each time you sent out a new one.

FINAL THOUGHTS

We cannot guarantee that you will get the job, which is all on your skills and the employers’ needs, but we are absolutely certain that you will get more opportunity to interview for a great bar or a restaurant! We hope that you will shine and make them the best cocktail in their entire lives, which will only support your resume IRL.

Follow these simple pointers and fill in our resume layouts, and you will be one step closer to the dream job! Good luck!

Bartender Resume: Sample & Complete Guide

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