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Bartender Resume Examples

As a bartender, you do more than mix drinks and serve them to customers; you must work quickly, efficiently, and provide excellent customer service. (As you know, you often play therapist, too!) This guide will help you show off your skills and snag a new bartending job.

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Terry Harper

555-555-5555 | | Eckersley, RI 02081


Lead bartender with more than five years of experience in cocktail preparation, creation, and customer service. Deep knowledge of craft beers, wine, and food pairings. Able to work in a fast-paced environment and manage others.


Sullivan's PubAlbion, RI

May 2017-Present

Lead Bartender

  • Introduced a world tour of beers that encouraged repeat business and fostered goodwill among our customer base
  • Managed a bar tending staff of six people, including training two new bartenders on all aspects of the job, from drink preparation to customer interaction

Jefferson Bar & GrillJefferson, RI

February 2015-May 2017


  • Memorized necessary information about and ingredients of more than 100 cocktails, wines, and beers
  • Assisted bouncer with altercation management and maintaining a safe eating and drinking environment

McGee’s Brews & BluesAlbertson, RI

January 2013-February 2015


  • Engaged consistently with customers in order to develop a friendly relationship and motivate them to become repeat customers
  • Assisted with the creation of more than a dozen new craft cocktails


McMaynerberry High SchoolMcMaynerberry, RI

June 2012

High School Diploma


  • Customer service and relations
  • Cocktail preparation and development
  • POS systems
  • Strong memory
  • Management and leadership

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Include the right soft skills.

Soft skills are personality descriptors that come from your character, values, attitude and communication skills. Employers are searching for ways to assess soft skills, so it’s important to talk about as many as you can on your resume. For example, if you are empathetic with customers, feel free to mention that on your resume.

Tell a story with your resume.

A resume isn’t just a collection of lists. It’s where you weave the story of your career trajectory. Highlight the major milestones that show your progress and learning process, such as how you learned to develop cocktail recipes. Your goal is to draw the reader in, rather than make them feel like they’re reading a chronology.

Scale emphasis based on importance.

There’s no rule that says you must give each experience on your resume equal weight. In fact, it’s the opposite: you should give more weight to the more important, formative jobs and experiences you have had. Sometimes, less is more, and you can truly polish your resume by completely cutting out the unnecessary jobs, skills, and internships you’ve had that are clogging up valuable space.

Top Action Verbs for Bartenders

Implemented, managed, presented, bolstered, created, generated, improved, enhanced, produced, cultivated, transformed, decreased

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