SOURCE: American Bartending Association

June 10, 2008 08:00 ET

Five Tips for Your Bartending Job Search From the American Bartending Association

A Bartending Career Can Be Lucrative, Fun and Challenging. Learn How to Get Your Foot in the Door With These Professional Tips

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - June 10, 2008) - Between college graduation season, summer job seekers and the slowing economy, competition for high-paying bartending positions has increased dramatically. To help those seeking bartending jobs prepare for interviews and positions in this growing field, the American Bartending Association has put together a collection of tips for a successful bartending job search.

"To get ahead in the lucrative bartending field, it takes training, skill and professional knowledge -- not just submitting an application," said Tony Constantino, president and CEO of the American Bartending Association. "We hope these five tips will help those interested in a bartending career go into their job searches and interviews prepared -- and help them perform on the job."

1. Know your drinks -- and your implements. The first step to becoming a professional bartender is to know your way around a drink -- from basics like common recipes to advanced information like proper glassware for specialty drinks and how to count a pour.

2. Take regulations seriously. Bartending may be fun and exciting, but there's more to the job than hanging out all night. To be taken seriously in an interview or with your employer, you need to know the laws about serving alcohol in your state -- and what your liability is as a bartender.

3. Be prepared for anything. As a professional bartender, you have to be prepared for all sorts of events. From counting the till and tracking cash flow to handling rowdy guests and even cleaning up after closing, a bartender's job goes far beyond pouring and serving.

4. Show your commitment to the profession. In a competitive job market, it's important to stand out from the crowd. One way to show potential employers that you're serious about your bartending career is through completing bartending training, either through a bartending school or through a bartender certification test, like the one offered by the American Bartending Association.

5. Stay at the top of your game. Just learning the ropes isn't enough to stay ahead in this competitive field. Instead, you need to constantly hone your skills and stay up to date on trends and regulation changes. One way to do this is through membership in a professional bartending organization like the American Bartending Association, where members receive information like regulatory updates, new drink recipes, industry news and more.

For more information on the field of professional bartending, as well as a free bartender training DVD designed to prepare you for these challenges and more, visit the American Bartending Association online.

About the American Bartending Association

Founded in 2005, the American Bartending Association is a professional organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the career of bartending. The American Bartending Association provides individuals at all levels with training, education and certification opportunities, including a free training DVD, Bartending 101.

The American Bartending Association also works on members' behalf to represent the bartending industry in regulatory issues, as well as national alcohol awareness and responsible drinking programs. For more information or to join the American Bartending Association, visit

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