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6 Points to Consider Before Taking Bar Jobs

Updated on March 18, 2010

Bar jobs may be one of the lowest paid jobs in the country but with the tips it is possible to make some serious money not to neglect the fact that some people are unable to sit at a spot for more than 5 minutes. These people persons generally enjoy working with customers, talk to them and fulfill their needs. Bartender jobs are great if you like interacting with others and don’t mind odd work shifts, remember bars are usually open when other people don’t work including evenings and weekends.

Getting a bar job is not as hard as some people make it out but there a few steps to follow if you want to be a successful candidate.

1.Make sure you’re over legal age to serve alcohol. It varies from country to country and from state to state, but it’s usually between 18 and 21 years. Some apprenticeship programs can be taken 2 years before reaching legal age.

2.Most bar owners only hire people with documented experience in other places. If everyone did that obviously nobody would ever pour alcohol. If you don’t have prior experience on the field see if you have anything related. Waitress in a restaurant, cook in a hotdog stand, if it is anything related you’re good to take the job.

Serving Alcohol is Involved
Serving Alcohol is Involved

3.Bartenders and people working in bars are good communicators. Some questions on the interview are asked to see if you can cut yourself out of situations you’re not comfortable in. Some of the interviews are entirely set up to see if you are good with people or not.

4.If you have no experience in a bar job, read a few articles and books about the subject as the lack of experience doesn’t put all bar owners off, but lack of knowledge does.

5.Make sure you’re okay with doing long hours. In this profession there are things to get used to, and strange work hours are one of these things.

6.After the interview thank the interviewer for their time and wait for the phone call. If nobody calls you for a week or two, you’re most probably not hired. Look for other bar jobs even if you’re sure you got the job. You can always say no before signing a contract.

A bar job usually takes a full person, expect to be exhausted and tired by the end of your shift but always remember yourself why did you take the position. There are lots of people to meet and lots of money to make if you can prove you’re though enough to take it.


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