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Create a great bartender resume

Bartender Resume


 You have 6 seconds to catch the hiring managers attention.  Use that piece of paper wisely!


Whether you are new to bartending or a seasoned bartender, presenting a great bartending resume is how you get your foot in the door to the restaurant or bar you want to work at.

There is a lot of competition for bartending jobs, especially the money ones. That’s why it is vital you structure your resume in a way that gets the attention of the bar manager.  You can be conservative and traditional or create a creative bartender resume.  The choice is yours, but you should consider the style of the restaurant or bar you are looking to get hired at.  Funky places would probably appreciate a funky resume.  Upscale places may be the perfect place to hand in a well structured and subtle resume.


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What’s your name and can I call you?

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 Remember in school how the teacher would always say, “I have one assignment here without a name on it”. This is still true for resume’s.  I don’t want to state the obvious, but put your name and contact information on your resume, okay?


Part One: Objective


Some people say that you shouldn’t include an objective, but I disagree.  I was with a manager once when he was looking over a pretty good looking resume. Although the resume was chalked full of experience my manager was pissed that the author didn’t state what position he was interested in.  Was it serving, bartending, managing, wine director, etc?






SPELL CHECK YOUR RESUME! Have someone else read it. Can you spot the misspelling in the above example?

There’s more than one way to state an objective besides the traditional: “to obtain a position as bartender”. Boring!

Look at these objectives, you can insert any of them in the bartender resume templates available:

  • Make awesome classic and modern style cocktails, quickly and percisely at XYZ Restaurant.  To have a bar to tend to call my own. To create a community of patrons that I can entertain, listen to, laugh with and to assist in imbibification.
  • To bring my kickass recipes to XYZ Restaurant, get to know its patrons and staff and begin to call it home.
  • To make delicious alcoholic drinks behind the bar of XYZ Restaurant.
  • To bring my knowledge of spirits and cocktail history to the staff of XYZ restaurant and to create exceptional drinks for its patrons.
  • To say that “Insert Hiring Managers Name Here” is my boss.

Part two: Experience. What have you done and where?


Sometimes location is very important. If you have worked at an excellent restaurant, it’s a huge bonus to put the name and location of the restaurant or bar on your resume.

If you have worked at some crappy places, use a resume template that focuses on what you’ve learned from where you’ve worked rather than where you’ve worked.

The above advice is particularly important if you have spotty job history. Either state where you have worked at for longer amounts of time, or forgo places and times and focus on experience obtained.

Remember, for experience you are relaying experiences you have had gained in your career or life: “I gave seasonal cocktail courses to the wait staff”.  That would be a work related experience that a hiring bar manager would be interested in knowing.  Think of all of the things you have experienced that do or could pertain to bartending or hospitality.

Here are some other experiences you can insert into one of the bartender resume templates:


  • Two years experience as a bartender of a high volume restaurant bar.
  • Server of cocktail food at award winning restaurant.
  • Experienced and comfortable in cocktail and wine food pairing recommendations.
  • Level One Sommelier course completed.
  • Generated a strong bar patron following.
  • Beer server at micro pub; strong knowledge in beer types, flavors and profiles.
  • Strong culinary knowledge, very comfortable explaining food preparations and terms.
  • Lead bartender.
  • Restaurant mixologist for award winning cocktail menu.
  • Competed in three bartender challenges, placing top three in all.
  • Participated in seasonal cocktail menu change recipes.
  • Created six new cocktail recipe’s, one mentioned in The Gazette.
  • Highest guest check average in entire restaurant and bar.
  • Created new menu format, which created a 3% increased nightly profit on alcohol sales.
  • Taught recipe’s to new bartenders and encouraged the development of their palate.
  • Top rated player of “taste this and name the ingredients in this drink”.
  • Created program where VIP regulars would tell me what they liked and I would create their perfect drink. We would put the drink on the menu, they’d choose the name, and those VIP’s would send in so much traffic to try “their” drink…it was unreal.
  • Took over inventory control and within two months saved the bar over 10% in waste.


This is your time to shine.  Use it. Think of every shift you have worked. What were the specific highlights of some of those shifts? What were the general accomplishments/highlights? What was your overall experience and how can you put that into interesting bullet points?

Use your imagination. Get funky. Have fun. Shine.



Part three: Skills


 Skills are a by-product of your experience.  You get good at specific things because of your experiences.

A skill would be popping a wheelie. You obtained that skill from the experience you have with riding a bike.

A skill would be being able to tie a cherry stem in a knot in your mouth. You obtained that skill from the experience of…what experience did you have that made you good at that, hmm?

Anyway, think of your skills.  If you can name a good list of them, they will catch the attention of the hiring manager. (Great skills coupled with our kickass templates.)

Here is a list of skills examples you can use for inspiration.


  • I can entertain guests like a MF, while still making dining room drinks quickly and accurtely
  • Attention to detail. Forget a garnish or an ingredient?…Not I.
  • Passion for conveying warmth and hospitality to patrons and co-workers.
  • Exceed in guest expectations with a strong ability of reading people’s minds. (Just kidding, but sometimes it feels like it.)
  • Strong memory and excellent listening skills, which translates to accurate order taking and placement.
  • Excellent team building mentality, skills and behavior.
  • Natural leader, meaning: I educate staff, help them with problems and encourage them to be better, always.
  • Make decisions based on integrity of self and restaurants principals.
  • Graceful, elegant and fun to watch while making drinks.
  • Love high volume and fast paced shifts.
  • Utilize down time to tweak recipe’s, educate myself and make restaurant/bar improvements.
  • Create a strong bar following.
  • Can work alone, cheerfully and willingly, but I excel when put with a team behind the bar.
  • Produce drinks ordered by cocktail staff quickly, which makes waitstaff and guest super happy.
  • Possesses an eye for the bar: low water, low drinks, un-happy guest, unfolded napkin when guest is up, empty plate, wrong silverware, etc.
  • Excellent in dealing with overly intoxicated patrons.
  • Not uncomfortable cutting someone off and am not sensitive when they are angry with me.

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Part four: I want you to know…


Here is where you can mention important pieces of information that you think the hiring manager should know about you. Anything that can help sway their decision to call you for an interview.

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  • Education
  • Awards
  • Contests won
  • Languages spoken
  • Affiliations
  • Business ventures


Bartender Resume Templates and Summary


Resumes are a big deal, but in the restaurant industry you are also free to have some fun and show some personality.  Lord knows you have a good one, you’re a bartender after all.

Let your resume be a reflection of who you are. You are trying to sell yourself based on your skills, knowledge and personality!


The End Portion: Printing and handing it in

Printing and Paper

 Print your resume on high quality paper!  You have spent a lot of time on creating a resume, print it at home on a 60lb paper or resume paper, which you can find at Walmart or Office Max.  If you are really serious, put your resume on a usb card and have OfficeMax print it for you on a very heavy card-stock.  It will cost you less than $3.00 and make a great impression.

Handing It In

  • Call and get the hiring managers name!!!
  • Address your cover letter to the hiring manager, or if you don’t have a cover letter:
    • Walk into the restaurant and ask to speak to the hiring manager (by his or her name, don’t say “hiring manager”)
    • Address your snail mail resume envelope to the hiring manager (his or her name, not “hiring manager”)
  • If you hand in your resume personally, never do so:
    • during a busy time, i.e: 11 A.M to 2 P.M or 6P.M to 9 P.M
    • while you are drinking at the bar
    • with a friend
  • Make sure you are friendly and upbeat to everyone
  • Say thank you to the person that gets the hiring manager for you (the host or another server)
  • Say thank you for the hiring managers time and consideration
  • Be polite, you’re in the hospitality business after all!!!


If you are interested in using some fill in the blank templates, click on the button below.  Fill in your own information or steel some valid bullet points from this article!


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  1. Thanks for your help. I have been a bartender for a total of 8 years and I am just going to get back into it while I go back to school at age of 44. I still learned quite a number of things on your site and improved my resume greatly. Thanks again and best of luck in all your future endeavors.

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