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Bartender do?

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Other common names for this position: Bar Attendant, Barkeeper, Barman, Bar Steward, Head Barman, Head Bartender, Tapman

Description

Bartenders are specialists in the preparation of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Most of them usually follow a wide variety of standard recipes, but they can also expand their set of skills through the creation of their own concoctions and experimental mixes. Bartenders can work in many different establishments that are entitled to serve alcohol, such as restaurants and bars, or they may be employed by catering businesses.[1]

Career Path

There's no universal way to climb up the career ladder.
Career paths often vary from one individual to another, yet some similarities usually stand out.
Hence, the typical career path for Bartender would look like the one pictured here. 1175 resumes.

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Previous Careers

  • Hostess
  • Waitress


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Bartender



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Career Opportunities

  • Manager
  • Crew Trainer

Career Path

There's no universal way to climb up the career ladder.
Career paths often vary from one individual to another, yet some similarities usually stand out.
Hence, the typical career path for Bartenders would look like the one pictured here.


1

2
3

Previous Careers

  • Hostess
  • Waitress

Bartender


Career Opportunities

  • Manager
  • Crew Trainer

Primary Responsibilities

Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Bartenders are required to complete.


  • Setting up and maintaining the bar:
  • Cleaning glassware and utensils and arranging them in an effective way, so as to be able to serve and attend customers in a timely manner;
  • planning and presenting a bar menu;
  • displaying and exhibiting glasses and bottles in a practically organized and aesthetic way;
  • anticipating volume of customers and preparing items to meet the demand; and
  • making garnishes for drinks (peeling, slicing, and pitting fruit) and preparing and replenishing appetizers, such as peanuts, olives, pretzels, etc.
  • Taking care of bar operations:
  • Taking their customers’ orders;
  • preparing and creating a variety of drinks and beverages to satisfy customers’ demands;
  • pouring other drinks and beverages that don’t require any preparation, such as beer, wine, and liquor;
  • serving customers quickly and efficiently while ensuring that no alcohol is served to minors or overly intoxicated customers;
  • serving snacks or food to customers seated at the bar; and
  • thanking and greeting guests with genuine appreciation before they leave.
  • Communicating with customers:
  • Getting feedback from customers in order to ensure satisfaction with both beverages and service;
  • anticipating and addressing customers’ needs; and
  • ensuring all information provided to the customer is current and accurate.
  • Maintaining a warm and inviting environment for the customers’ enjoyment at all times, ensuring the best experience, so that they always come back for the first class service.
  • Using cocktail shakers, strainers and other bartending accessories.
  • Coordinating, overseeing, and monitoring bar stock and supplies.
  • Accepting, receiving, and keeping track of payments:
  • Accepting and processing payment from guests and/or patrons for food and beverage;
  • recording the customers’ payments;
  • balancing the cash register at the start and close of each shift; and
  • using MICROS or any other point of sale software to record orders.
  • Following all company safety and security policies and procedures at all times:
  • Completing safety training and certifications;
  • reporting accidents, injuries, and unsafe work conditions to the Manager; and
  • following all safety and sanitation policies when handling food and beverages.

Daily Tasks

  • Greeting customers and taking their orders.
  • Mixing and serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Accepting, receiving, and keeping track of payments.
  • Cleaning working area.
  • Coordinating, overseeing, and monitoring bar stock and supplies.
Salary
$26,501

The average Bartender salary is $26,501 per year or $14 per hour. This is around 0.8 times less than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $19,000 while most experienced workers make up to $37,000. These results are based on 284 salaries extracted from job descriptions.

$26,501
$37,000
$19,000
Deductions
Deductions
Gross Salary26,500.71 $
CPP- 1,138.50 $
EI- 498.21 $
Federal Tax- 1,858.60 $
Provincial Tax- 1,057.61 $
Total Tax- 4,552.93 $
Net Pay*21,947.78 $
In Ontario, Canada, if you make 26,500.71 $ a year, you will be taxed 4,552.93 $. That means that your take home pay will be 21,947.78 $ per year, or 1,828.98 $ per month. Your average tax rate is 17.18% and your marginal tax rate is 25.51%.
* Deductions are calculated based on the tables of Ontario, Canada income tax.
Required Skills and Qualifications
  • Sincere desire to please others and provide the best service:
  • Being enthusiastic, friendly, outgoing, positive, and upbeat; and
  • being friendly and communicative toward customers and guests, all while performing their tasks.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills:
  • Communicating clearly, especially verbally, in order to create a clear and communicative environment with customers;
  • having great listening skills in order to provide a sense of comfort to the customer;
  • displaying strong customer service skills;
  • speaking with customers or staff using clear, professional, and respectful language at all times; and
  • being able to deal with a diverse group of people in potentially adversarial situations using a calm, polite, tactful, discreet, and effective approach.
  • Organizational and time management skills:
  • Having strong multitasking skills; being able to work under pressure in a dynamic, fast-paced environment;
  • being highly responsible and reliable; and
  • being organized, detail oriented, and structured.
  • Analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills:
  • Identifying issues and resolving problems in a timely manner; and
  • being able to handle difficult customers, deciding whether or not to continue serving to certain customers.
  • Ability to work cohesively as part of a team and possess good judgment, as well as working independently with minimal supervision.
  • Self-motivated, decisive, responsible, honest, and always driven to provide the best service.
  • Motor coordination and physical strength:
  • Being able to stand during their entire shifts; and
  • moving, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, and placing objects weighing less than or equal to 30 pounds without assistance (e.g. kegs of beer and cases of liquor).

Being a Bartender isn’t always an easy task to tackle; it requires working under a great deal of pressure and handling difficult situations such as intoxicated customers and populated places. Bartenders must also be efficient, quick, knowledgeable, and practical in the art of serving and mixing a great variety of beverages and drinks. Having excellent people skills, customer service knowledge, and being able to work well with others is also considered an important plus in order to succeed in this field.


Moreover, as Bartenders represent the first point of contact for customers and guests, it is important for them to present a polish, good looking, and tidy appearance, sometimes wearing a uniform or specific coded attire to display an accurate and desirable image of the establishment and the services it provides.


Since most Bartenders usually learn through short-term, on-the-job training, formal education isn’t required for this position, but general knowledge about food and beverages is always preferred. Aspiring Bartenders should seek to enhance and refine their bartending, serving, and drink preparation skills by attending specialized courses or workshops. These classes will help them improve and strengthen their potential, such as food handling and waiting practices and tips. Bartenders must also have an extensive knowledge of all applicable laws and regulations related to their profession, as well as the proper licences and permits. Understandably, alcohol related jobs such as this one requires candidates to be over 21 years old in order to be able to handle alcoholic beverages on legal and approved terms.


Experienced Bartenders may eventually choose to open their own establishment or catering business, meaning they will also be responsible for directing the smooth-running of the place. When becoming bar owners, Bartenders share the same responsibilities as Restaurant Managers, as they are in charge of overseeing all staff and financial activity of the establishment (e.g. budget management, supplies and stock, and setting prices). They will also be required to have some specific certifications and permits regarding sanitation and alcohol serving.


All Bartenders must be able to work flexible schedules, including weekends and holidays, especially late nights, as well as to stand and walk for a 6 to 8-hour long shift.

Popular Certifications
Wonder how long it takes for Bartenders to complete their studies? Here’s a list of the most popular degrees and diplomas.

(Ranked by popularity)

  • High School Diploma
  • Certificate
Job Offers
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