Bartender CV: Example & How-to-Write Guide [Expert Tips]

How to write a bartender CV? Check out our bartender CV example, including tips on how to nail your bartender CV skills, specific to the UK.

A sparkling bartender CV, coming right up. If you feel like you’ve been standing on the wrong side of the bar for too long, and nobody is taking your order, don’t worry. Maybe it’s the wrong ingredients, maybe it’s the wrong presentation.

 

Either way, we’re going to be mixing a CV that packs a bigger punch than moonshine from under the counter, and topped off with a few cherries, and a sugar rim. 

 

With this guide, you’ll find out exactly which ingredients to add, and how to serve them. Are you ready to get 10x more interviews than before?

 

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Bartender CV example

 

Brooke Archer

99 Prince Consort Road

Kenilworth

CV8 6GB

070 2111 9416

brooke@archer.com

 

Personal Statement

 

Personable, systematic mixologist with 4+ years of bartending experience in a busy location in London. Expert knowledge of 80+ cocktail recipes, implemented in various time-limited offers to boost revenue by 12%. Looking to apply the knowledge and friendly demeanour to a more challenging role at 68 and Boston.

 

Work Experience

 

Bartender

Connaught Bar, London

December 2016—Present

  • Main mixologist in a venue that seats 120 in a Central London location.
  • Consistently preparing £3500+ worth of drinks a night.
  • Implemented knowledge of 80+ cocktail recipes to build a schedule of special offers that boosted bar revenue by 12%.
  • Implemented a card only policy at busy times which decreased queues and waiting times, increasing revenue by 6%.
  • Performed daily inventory checks and orders, independently ordering up to £10,000 worth of supplies a week.
  • Trained four bartenders in basic mixology: the core eight cocktails we offer.
  • Maintained 0 cash or accounting errors.
  • Fully adept with various POS systems and devices.

 

Skills

 

  • Recipe Knowledge: Comprehensive knowledge of the bar offer, implementing new and classic drinks to improve the offering.
  • Special Offers: Utilise menu knowledge to schedule special offers that drive bar revenue.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Friendly, personable demeanour that will contribute to the bar’s atmosphere and experience, and build lasting relationships.
  • Employee Training: Proven experience of training colleagues in a supportive manner.
  • Organisation: Proven track record of reorganising work in a more efficient fashion.

 

Languages

 

  • Spanish (Intermediate)
  • French (Basic)

 

Memberships

 

  • UK Bartenders Guild
  • London Bartenders Association

 

Education

 

5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English, September 2016

Dartford Academy, Dartford, UK

 

That’s the recipe for a mouth-watering bartender CV. Here’s how to write your own CV:

 

1. Write a bartender CV personal statement and put it at the top

 

What stirs your imagination better? The following:

 

“Gin, peach liqueur, Select 1920, rose & cherry blossom liqueur.”

 

Or:

 

“A vivid cherry blossom-infused gin, sweetened with a dash of peach liqueur, balanced with a drop of rooty Select 1920, and rounded off with a rose & cherry blossom liqueur.”

 

The latter might not stir the imagination, it might just shake it. If you notice, the latter describes how the different ingredients work together in synergy. Your CV personal statement should do something of the sort. 

 

Focus on your key achievements and results you can produce for your new employer. Right away, give them a strong argument that you know what you’re talking about, and that you think not only about the experience, but also about the results of the establishment. 

 

Bartender CV personal statement example

 

Personable, systematic mixologist with 4+ years of bartending experience in a busy location in London. Expert knowledge of 80+ cocktail recipes, implemented in various time-limited offers to boost revenue by 12%. Looking to apply the knowledge and friendly demeanour to a more challenging role at 68 and Boston.

 

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2. Add your bartender CV job description

 

If the personal statement was your crown jewel cocktail, your CV work experience section should show some depth and variety. Focus on the sales and customer service side as much as you do on the drinks—after all, the bottom line is the most important thing for any business.

 

Read the job posting carefully and find their most important requirements, the tone, the vibe, and refer to them in each point of your job description. Don’t rattle off a useless list of duties. Focus on achievements and the impact you make. 

 

For your most recent position, list 3 to 7 bullet points, going down in order of importance. Record your positions in the following manner:

 

[Job Title]

[Employer Name, Location]

[Dates of Employment]

 

For less recent positions, limit the bullet points, 3 being maximum. Don’t repeat bullet points between positions. 

 

Work experience section in a bartender CV 

 

Work Experience

 

Bartender

Connaught Bar, London

December 2016—Present

  • Main mixologist in a venue that seats 120 in a Central London location.
  • Consistently preparing £3500+ worth of drinks a night.
  • Implemented knowledge of 80+ cocktail recipes to build a schedule of special offers that boosted bar revenue by 12%.
  • Implemented a card only policy at busy times which decreased queues and waiting times, increasing revenue by 6%.
  • Performed daily inventory checks and orders, independently ordering up to £10,000 worth of supplies a week.
  • Trained four bartenders in basic mixology: the core eight cocktails we offer.
  • Maintained 0 cash or accounting errors.
  • Fully adept with various POS systems and devices.

 

3. List your relevant bartender skills

 

On a bartender CV, your work experience and skills are more important than any formal education you might have, so feel free to move the education section down the page. 

 

However tempting it might be to list your spoon flair here, focus on the keywords that you find in the job posting. Also think about some extra skills that you bring to the bar that most candidates will not. Aim at a mix of hard and soft skills

 

Bartender CV skills section

 

Skills

 

  • Recipe Knowledge: Comprehensive knowledge of the bar offer, implementing new and classic drinks to improve the offering.
  • Special Offers: Utilise menu knowledge to schedule special offers that drive bar revenue.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Friendly, personable demeanour that will contribute to the bar’s atmosphere and experience, and build lasting relationships.
  • Employee Training: Proven experience of training colleagues in a supportive manner.
  • Organisation: Proven track record of reorganising work in a more efficient fashion.

 

 

4. Pour an additional section on your bartender CV

 

There are several things that are still more useful than formal education on a bartending CV: certifications, memberships and languages. 

 

Most bartender CVs can benefit from rounding out with some additional sections, like languages or volunteering. Something that shows extra initiative, skills, and multi-tasking, but not boring irrelevant hobbies. 82% of managers would rather hire someone with volunteering experience. 

 

Have you got any bartending or mixology certifications? City and Guilds offer Level 1 and Level 2 Bartending courses that will get you started.

 

Bartender CV example additional sections

 

Certifications

 

  • 2018 — London Bar School, International Bartending Diploma
  • 2015 — City & Guilds, Award in Professional Bartending (Cocktails)

 

Languages

 

  • Spanish (Intermediate)
  • French (Basic)

 

Memberships

 

  • UK Bartenders Guild
  • London Bartenders Association

 

5. Include an education section 

 

As mentioned before, your education section is low in importance on your bartender CV, and can be relegated below your skills section. 

 

Keep your education section short and sweet like a butter beer:

 

Bartender CV education section

 

Education

 

5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English, September 2016

Dartford Academy, Dartford, UK

 

6. Write a bartender cover letter

 

Your bartender CV without a cover letter is like gin without the tonic. Dry. It’s something a lot of people will not pay a lot of attention to, while you stir and shake up another convincing concoction. 

 

So in the first cover letter paragraph, hook them in with your unique selling point. Demonstrate the wealth of your experience and your most key achievements in the body of the letter, or highlight transferable skills you have if you are sending a bartender CV with no experience. Customer service is one.

 

In the last paragraph of your cover letter for bar work, set out exactly what you’re going to bring to the table for them, and end it with a confident request for an interview. 

 

Use a simple cover letter template and be concise. In general, cover letters should be one page long and divided into three to four paragraphs.

 

7. Bartender CV writing tips to keep handy

 

Less is more, you know this. A neat sugar rim, perhaps a cherry on top. But keep it simple. Make sure everything is neat (terrible pun!) by observing these simple CV format rules:

  • Pick a readable, elegant CV font. Didot is a rare one nobody else will use.
  • Set bold headings for each section, and space the sections to create a CV structure you can skim-read.
  • If not asked to save in a .doc, save your bartender CV in a PDF format.
  • When it comes to the right CV length, a one-page CV is preferable. 
  • If you're going to use a free CV template, make sure it is ATS-friendly. Be aware that best CV templates don't contain infographics.

 

Keep track of all your applications in a spreadsheet and give them a follow-up call in two weeks if you hear nothing. Sometimes, things just get lost.

 

And that's it! Now you know what a CV should look like.

  

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Did we answer all your questions on how to write a bartender CV? Got any job hunting tips and tricks you’d like to share? Did you find our bartender CV example useful? Use the comments section below. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

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