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Bartending is an excellent job with high earning potential. The best gigs can be very competitive. You should have confidence in your abilities, but making sure your prospective employer can see how great you are can be tricky. That is why we have this sample resume. The strengths and weaknesses of this submission have been reviewed and displayed to help you build an impressive sample of your own.
Begin a resume with a summary
This example is a bit barren as far as resumes go. It has a very polished and beautiful work history section and nothing else. The work history is very important, but by itself it lacks some of the context and selling language that can entice hiring managers to give you more consideration. A strong summary should begin every resume. It gives you a chance to sell yourself to the employer and entice them to read the rest of the submission a bit more carefully. Aim for four to six lines to hit the happy medium between too long or too short. Example: Alcohol certified bartender with over five years of experience. Friendly and approachable demeanor, hardworking, and devoted to the highest levels of customer service. Experienced leader, capable of training new hires and keeping staff productive. Fast learner who enjoys new challenges. This example is a little too generic, but the general idea is to save the really specific stuff for later. This is more like a 30 second pitch to convince the interviewer to hear the rest of your story. While the summary should be general in nature, it should be personalized to represent you.
Make a highlights section
Another area of a resume that can be great for drawing the audience is a skills/highlights section. This should be a bulleted list of short phrases that serves two functions. First, it is an extremely easy-to-digest presentation of your best traits. It should be full of reasons you are a quality employee. Second, it gives you a chance to blatantly fill your resume with keywords and phrases. If you are submitting electronically, these keywords will help your resume rise to the top of the proverbial pile, ensuring that you don’t get skipped. Example: Skills
This example list is a little generic, but it does serve to highlight the aesthetic value of these lists. It is very easy to see the key points. Also notice that it includes both soft and hard skills. Your own sample should be tailored to your skills and experience, but it should sell your personal strengths as well.
List your education
Always list your highest level of education, even if it is a high school diploma or equivalent. If you have gone farther in education, then you can list that and skip the high school entry. Outside of formal and state education, this is a good place to list certifications, specialty classes and development training that you deem relevant to the application. In the example of bartending, it is acceptable to list your alcohol certification. If you have done any formal study of the culinary or drink mixing arts, they can go here too. Any special awards are also appropriately included in this section. If you find that you have too many entries in your education listing, you can create separate certifications or awards headings to break the information into more digestible pieces. If you want even more, you should check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder. It takes the help here much further, enabling you to build a truly impressive document.