Bartender / Server Resume Examples of 2022

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As a bartender/server, you have a dynamic and varied role in an often fast-paced service environment. However, it can be difficult to convey that dynamic work in writing, so your current resume may not fully represent your experience or generate the interviews that you seek.

The following guide can help. Listed below are three example resumes for bartenders and servers, as well as tips for making your resume as lively and engaging as possible.

Downloadable Resume Examples

Example #1
Bartender_Server_Example-1.pdf

Example #1

Example #2
Bartender_Server_Example-2.pdf

Example #2

Example #3
Bartender_Server_Example-3.pdf

Example #3

Bartender/Server Text-Only Resume Examples

Years of Experience
  • Example #1 #1
  • Example #2 #2
  • Example #3 #3

Hideo Araki
123 Bridge Street, Boston, MA 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

Profile

Bartender/Server with 3 years of experience. Committed to surpassing customer expectations for service efficiency and quality. Fast learner who quickly adapts to new work systems and food and beverage menus. Well-versed in local and state alcohol laws.

Work Experience

Bartender/Server, GWR Restaurant, Boston, MA | August 2019 to Present

  • Take and prepare food and drink orders for customers of this hotel bar-restaurant
  • Welcome guests and provide food and drink menus
  • Collaborate with barbacks and other team members to keep facility clean, organized, and well stocked
  • Process customer payments quickly and accurately

Barback, ZHG Pub, Boston, MA | June 2018 to July 2019

  • Praised for high efficiency supporting operations at this popular local pub
  • Stocked and restocked beverages, garnishes, and glassware and silverware as needed

Education

Graduate
Belmont High, Boston, MA

Key Skills

  • Customer Service & Satisfaction
  • Food & Beverage Service
  • Food & Drink Order Preparation
  • Payment Processing
  • Task Prioritization
  • Work Area Maintenance

Selena Ramirez
123 Santa Maria, San Francisco, CA 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

Profile

Enthusiastic Bartender/Server with 5 years of experience. Continually streamline processes to help improve service efficiency and quality. Committed to ongoing education about customer service principles and hospitality trends.

Work Experience

Bartender/Server, MNK Bar, San Francisco, CA | August 2017 to Present

  • Serve various food and beverage orders to customers
  • Distribute food and drink menus to customers and answer any questions about order options or daily specials
  • Maintain a clean and orderly work area at all times
  • Closely follow all food safety and sanitation guidelines

Hostess, TRE Restaurant, San Francisco, CA | June 2016 to July 2017

  • Gained strong foundation in customer service, welcoming and seating guests at this upscale restaurant

Education

Associate Degree – Hospitality
City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 

Key Skills

  • Customer Service & Satisfaction
  • Food & Beverage Service
  • Food Safety & Sanitation
  • Process Improvement
  • Time Management
  • Work Area Maintenance

Allison Rosenberg
123 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

Profile

Bartender/Server with 7 years of experience. Recent demonstrated success in a training and coaching role. Skilled in helping managers set strategies for improved profit, efficiency, and service quality. Promote a safe, secure, and pleasant environment for both coworkers and customers.

Work Experience

Bartender/Server, KNT Restaurant, San Diego, CA | August 2015 to Present

  • Collaborate on a 12-person team to provide top-quality food and beverage service at this upscale bar-restaurant
  • Recently moved into a leadership role training and coaching new hires
  • Open, calculate, and close bar tabs as needed
  • Identified new standard procedures that raised payment processing efficiency by 9%
  • Provided top-quality service at all points, helping restaurant earn 20% higher average online ratings in 4 months

Bartender/Server, DWX Restaurant, San Diego, CA | June 2014 to July 2015

  • Prepared and served beer, wine, and cocktails along with various small food orders to patrons
  • Collaborated on a team comprising various kitchen staff, barbacks, bussers, waiters and , and hosts and hostesses
  • Introduced three popular new cocktail options, contributing to an 8% increase in overall mixed drink revenue

Education

Bachelor’s Degree – Hospitality
University of California, San Diego, CA

Key Skills

  • Customer Service & Satisfaction
  • Efficiency Improvement
  • Food & Beverage Service
  • Mixology
  • Personnel Training
  • Task Prioritization
  • Team Collaboration

Tips for Writing a Better Bartender/Server Resume

As someone in the service industry, you likely have great interpersonal skills (or “soft skills”) like collaboration and communication. But when you refer to these skills using an adjective or noun phrase like “Highly collaborative” or “Strong collaboration skills,” they won’t stand out to hiring managers. That’s because (a) they’re pretty vague by themselves, and (b) countless other jobseekers (both in and outside hospitality) use these phrases on their own resumes.

To get around this problem, convert each soft skill into a verb phrase (such as “Collaborate with…”) when possible – this allows you to flesh out the idea with more specific and interesting details.

Example:

  • Collaborate on a 12-person team to provide top-quality food and beverage service at this upscale bar-restaurant

 

2. Strike the right tone

The tone of language on your resume should be formal and direct (as opposed to the more casual tone of a LinkedIn profile and the eager, confident voice of a cover letter). To achieve that direct tone on your resume, try and use simple sentences and straightforward descriptions of your experience. Keep this advice in mind, especially when writing your Profile section, since you may be tempted (or think you need) to use overly “promotional” terms like “Exceptional” or “Outstanding at” when a straight-shooting phrase like “Skilled in” is better.

Example:

Bartender/Server with 7 years of experience. Recent demonstrated success in a training and coaching role. Skilled in helping managers set strategies for improved profit, efficiency, and service quality. Promote a safe, secure, and pleasant environment for both coworkers and customers.

3. Tell your story

The best way to achieve a lively, active tone is to think of your written material as a story describing “characters and their actions,” according to Joseph Williams’s popular writing book “Style: Toward Clarity and Grace.” And who’s the primary character of your resume? You, of course. Your resume may contain many details on various jobs and assignments, but you should center it all on yourself and your past actions in relation to them.

A helpful way to ensure you’re doing this is to begin every sentence as an “I” statement, then simply remove the “I” and leave the rest of the phrase on your final resume.

Example:

  • [I] Serve various food and beverage orders to customers
  • [I] Distribute food and drink menus to customers and answer any questions about order options or daily specials
  • [I] Maintain a clean and orderly work area at all times

 

Key Skills Hiring Managers Look for on Bartender/Server Resumes

Include a “Key Skills” section on your resume to give the hiring manager a quick overview of the expertise and value you offer. Consider including any of the terms below:

Key Skills and Proficiencies
Customer Service & Satisfaction Efficiency Improvement
Food & Beverage Service Food & Drink Order Preparation
Food Safety & Sanitation Mixology
Payment Processing Personnel Training
Process Improvement Task Prioritization
Team Collaboration Time Management
Work Area Maintenance Workplace Safety & Security

Common Action Verbs for Bartender/Server Resumes

It’s easy to get stuck when writing the professional experience section of your resume. You might find yourself running out of action verbs to describe your work. To help you over the hump, we put together this list of strong resume verbs for a bartender/server:

Action Verbs
Assist Collaborate
Communicate Coordinate
Deliver Facilitate
Greet Improve
Inform Introduce
Mix Prepare
Prioritize Process
Provide Relay
Serve Streamline
Support Train

How to Align Your Bartender/Server Resume With the Job Description

When you find a bartender/server job posting that interests you, consider the required skills and qualifications. Are there any you possess but haven’t featured on your resume yet? For instance, do you have experience in the same type of cuisine or beverages?

If so, consider mentioning that experience in your resume Profile. You can often add it to the end of your intro line, as in the above resume samples. Taking this extra step will make your resume relevant to the job at hand, and more likely to attract the hiring manager’s notice.