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Are you interested in becoming a bartender? Although it’s a hectic job, bartending can be a great career choice, where you can master the ins and outs of working in hospitality, as independent coach and mentor, Julie Morris, explains.

The following tips lay out a path to becoming a bartender, from sprucing up your CV to finding promising job openings.

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Update your CV
Has it been a while since you updated your CV? If you’ve been working in the same position for a while, your CV might be out of date.

Make sure your CV includes any new skills or qualifications from your most recent job.

You might also want to change the layout to make your CV stand out against other applicants. For advice on how to update your CV follow this link.

Start networking
Networking can help you to get a new job in most sectors including leisure and hospitality. Do you have any friends or relatives who work at local bars, pubs or restaurants? If so, ask if their employer is hiring.

If you’re a regular at your local establishments, check with the staff to see if they have any openings. You never know who might be able to point you in the right direction! If you have a connection with someone at a particular bar or restaurant, they may also be willing to help you get a job.

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Bartending school
Many people choose to go to bartending school to boost their chances of landing a bartending job.

But, is bartending school the best thing for you? If you have very little experience working behind a bar, bartending school will help you grasp the basics.

However, if you’re already an experienced mixologist, it may not be necessary.

Polish your customer service skills
If you want to work as a bartender, you’ll need to have strong customer service skills. If you’re not experienced dealing with customers it can feel a bit awkward at first, but with time your confidence will grow and you’ll find that things improve every day.

Youth Employment UK states that you need to become a savvy communicator, problem solver and negotiator. You can even treat customer service as a sort of performance, but sometimes, putting on your happiest face takes work, but it’s worth the effort.

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Move up the ladder
Chances are, you’ll be hired as a kitchen porter, supporting the bartenders before you can officially begin working on the bar.

How can you make a great impression as a porter and ensure that you’ll be promoted? Give it your all every day on the job and before you know it, you’ll be working as a bartender!

If you’re ready to career in bartending, you might not be sure where to start. But with a little effort you’ll be ready to start sending your CV to prospective employers.

By applying these five tips, you’ll be able to write an impressive CV, focus on your customer service skills, and make the right impression to land your first bartending job!

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