Like the nightlife, want a job where almost everyone will become your friend? Become a bartender! Bartender training can cost about $ 250 – $ 500 and last a week or two. Courses cover setup / closing, mixology, money handling, inventory control, speed techniques, garnish cutting, wines, liquors and beers, profit pouring / upselling, customer service, cutting off customers and alcohol awareness.
While you can make up to $ 150 – $ 300 a night working as a bartender, you might have a hard time getting a job right out of training. Many bartending schools provide job placement assistance to make it easier. If there's an establishment you want to work at but there are no job openings you might want to try getting a job as bar back and working your way into a bartending position. Alongside the job placement assistance provided by the school, there are many websites that can help you find a position behind the bar.
When looking for a bartender training program, make sure that it is state certified and state approved. Also, if it's possible go to the facility and check it out to make sure it looks like a quality place and see if they have references so you can talk someone who has taken the course. Or if you visit during a class, talk to current students to see what they are of the training and the instructor.
Some of the larger national bartender training schools are ABC Bartending, American Bartending School, National Bartenders, and BartendingSchool.net. With a little research you will be able to find the programs that fits your budget and schedule and one that is near where you live.
If you're looking for a job that is fun and allows you to hand out with other people and pays well and something you can do anywhere bartending is the way to go. With the proper training and excellent job placement you'll be on your way to a new career in no time.