[quote]angry chicken wrote:
LOL. Bartending is like that dire straits song “money for nothin and your chicks for free”. The service industry is a loosy goosy world. Lose the resume. Seriously, I’m a felon without a HS diploma and I was hired at a very cool bar in DC because I knew the band and the owner…
Here’s a few insights: The Owner opened a bar so he could get laid like a rock star, he doesn’t give a shit about you. The Manager got to his position because he was a little bit smarter than the rest or the service staff and he probably has a small dick and an inferiority complex, thus has a desire to control everyone (and he want’s to get laid like a rock star). So when you go in there waving your resume around saying “hire MEEEE!!!, I’m SUUUUUPER qualified!!! I mean ANY asshole can mix drinks and flirt with old ladies - I’m BUILT TOO!!!” the only thing you are doing is annoying the Owner (who just want’s to get laid and will be subconsciously a bit territorial and really cant be bothered with you) and THREATENING the manager, who most likely IS NOT as smart OR as qualified as you are. You think you are impressing them, when in fact you are making them worry about their job. TONE IT DOWN. Be cool. Hang around a bit. Network. Make connections. It’s WHO you know, not WHAT you know. OK, it’s also what you know too…
I am trying to get a second job to make as much money as I can for the next 8 months. I am 27 and have two bachelors degrees, one in exercise science and the other in biochem. I am trying to get a simple bartending job at night/weekends based on the amount of money I can make as this is what I did while i was in school for my first degree. I have literally been to EVERY bar/club in my area and have not gotten a single call back or anything. I would understand this if I had no experience but I have plenty of experience, two degrees, and have a great resume with managerial experience. I am a good looking guy that looks like I take care of myself and lift and am frustrated with my lack of progress on the part time job search.
IS this a prime example of being overqualified for a job? Bartending is pretty simple, bullshit with customers, flirt with older ladies, mix drinks and make tips, and repeat.
[/quote]GOOD bartending is about SERVICE and making customers feel good so they come back when YOU are working. But you also have to know your shit. Here’s a question: can you identify the ingredients of a “slow comfortable screw against the wall” without looking it up? Here’s a hint, every ingredient is identified in “bar code” in the name of that drink (Slow = sloe gin; comfortable = southern comfort; screw = orange juice; against the wall = galliano). Do you speak that language? Can you make five drinks in two minutes after being told everything ONCE? And know the prices and add it up on the fly to collect cash from your customer so you save a trip to the register? While loading a hand full of glassware in the dishwasher? While paying attention to the waitress shouting HER drink order to you from the dining room? While washing the mint out of your tin cuz some asshole ordered three mojitos during a rush? Do you know how many counts of vodka, triple sec and lime to pour when a group orders nine kamikazes? Can you fit that in one tin? It ain’t quite as easy as you think…[quote]
I would think an employer would want a responsible person with a degree to work for them, especially in the bar scene where the average bartender is one step away from steeling cash from the till.
[/quote]LMAO is that what you “think”? It is obviously not the case now, is it, or else you’d have been hired… amiright? LOL Did your contempt for service industry people subconsciously creep through in your communication? Cuz you sound kinda like a dick when you say shit like that… Here’s a news flash: EVERY bartender “steals”. It’s PART of the job. From over pouring and giving the occasional free drink to your regulars, to knowing how to “give change”, you are there for one purpose: TO PUT MONEY IN YOUR POCKET. That’s it. Well, and to get laid, of course.[quote]
I went into a brand new club that was opening and was the ONLY canidate that had a fucking resume, and I STILL didn’t even get a call back. WTF am I doing wrong?
[/quote] you had a resume NOT IN THE SERVICE INDUSTRY instead of a social networking following of customers who love you already [quote]
any other suggestions on how to come up with some fast money working nights/weekends? [/quote]Bartending is a great way, but you are approaching it like a “real job”. It’s not. [quote]
any shame in working the Mcdonalds night shifts or something like that? [/quote] Whatever floats your boat[quote]
frustrated with the job search, pointers or ideas are welcome.[/quote]
You sound a bit entitled and you seem to have a low opinion of the service industry. Get over yourself. No one gives a shit about your degree cuz you’re STILL trying get a job bartending! I wouldn’t even talk about it if I were you because it only reflects poorly on you (because you are failing to use it and paid a lot of money for a piece of paper you are not able to use). You have to balance your swagger with being humble. Everyone want’s to feel good. CREATE space for that with your personality and your service. [/quote]
great post, I agree I have gone about it all wrong.
I am starting in med school in 8 months and I currently train clients during the day, I am just trying to make extra money and start saving.