Dear Human Resources Manager:
I absolutely love being a bartender. The only thing I love just as much bartending is the beach, so why not combine the 2? My name is Joshua Burton and I have been working at the bar at Le Petit Cygnet for the past 3 years. Although I enjoy my job tremendously, I have a great desire to work in a beach town and am applying for a position as a bartender at the poolside bar at the Sandbar Hotel in Destin. My application and resume are attached.
I am willing and able to work long hours as well as any shift. I thrive in a fast-paced environment and enjoy getting to know the guests and providing them with their favorite bar drinks no matter how rare or unusual. I pride myself on knowing how to expertly make virtually any drink. I study new drink combinations regularly and make sure I am up-to-date on the latest creations. I never want a guest to request a drink with which I am unfamiliar.
I have taken and passed the Florida Responsible Serving Course and earned my certification. I typically take at least 1 continuing education course each year to stay abreast of new cocktail creations and have even worked on a few of my own. I am proficient on the Micros Point of Sales System handling cash, making change and conducting credit card transactions. I am an expert at balancing my cash drawer at the end of a shift.
I believe my energy, commitment to superior customer service and hospitality and my love for the art of bartending would make me an excellent fit for a position at the Sandbar’s poolside bar. I am available to come to the Sandbar for a personal interview at your convenience. Please feel free to contact me at (555)-555-5555 or by email at [email] me mix some of your favorite cocktails for you. I guarantee that you will be pleased with the result.
Example 2 -Unadvertised Opening
This bartender cover letter example is from an individual who just graduated from a top bartending school in California and is looking for her first permanent job as a bartender. She is sending out resumes to lounges, clubs, restaurants and hotels all over California as she is willing to relocate.
Dear Human Resources Director:
My name is Claire Hughes and I am a recent graduate of the National Bartenders School in Sherman Oaks. I am applying for a position as a bartender at your fine establishment and I am available to work any shift. I would even welcome the opportunity to work a shift for free to show you what I can do. I have taken and passed the California Responsible Serving Course and earned my certification. I also plan to take continuing education courses to stay current with all the latest cocktail creations.
While in school I took and excelled in such courses as opening and closing procedures, sanitation, precise pouring and mixology which included a wide variety of cocktails, wines, coffees, liqueurs and shooters. I also studied money handling, upselling, inventory control, credit card handling and liquor laws and liability. My education was rounded out by courses in glassware, product knowledge, bar setup and breakdown, use of bar tools, garnishes, working fast under pressure and cutting off customers.
Although I have not worked as an employee of a bar yet, I participated in an internship at the Ventura Lounge in Sherman Oaksas part of my education. There I received on-the-job training from a seasoned bartender as well as practical experience serving my own customers. Along with my attached resume is a letter of reference from Mr. Eddie Freeman, the head bartender at the Ventura Lounge.
I believe my energy, enthusiasm and commitment to keeping customers satisfied would be a benefit to the Upscale Lounge and I hope you will give my application and resume serious consideration. I am available to come in for an interview any time at your convenience and can be reached on my cell phone at (555)-555-5555 or via email at [email]
Example 3 – Response to Job Postings and Classifieds Ads
This bartender cover letter example is from an experienced bartender who works at a restaurant chain. She would like to transition to an upscale hotel environment that has a quieter, more refined atmosphere. She has a following of local business people that she believes will follow her to another bar.
Dear Human Resources Director:
I am responding to your ad in the Albuquerque Tribune for a bartender at the Grand New Mexico Hotel. I have been working the dinner shifts as a bartender at the ABC Bar and Grill for the past 4 years. I have a large following of regulars, particularly during the after work happy hour. I have a gift for listening to customers, encouraging them and helping them forget the stresses of the day for a few hours. I have kept up with the latest creations in mixed drinks and pride myself in the fact that no customer has ever asked for a drink I did not know how to make. In fact, some of my regulars make a game of trying to stump me.
I greatly enjoy working in the busy, highly social environment of a bar. I am extremely friendly, hardworking and value working as a member of a team of individuals striving to provide superior customer service. I enjoy new challenges and am an effective multi-tasker. The environment at the Grand New Mexico Hotel is considerably different than that of the ABC Bar and Grill; however I would welcome the opportunity to work in a more refined atmosphere. Additionally, I am confident that a number of my customers would follow me to a new bar location.
My resume is attached along with 2 letters of recommendation from 2 customers who comment on my bartending skills and my personality. I am available to visit your office for an interview and even demonstrate my bartending abilities and customer service skills during a shift. Please feel free to contact me on my cell phone at (555)-555-5555 or via email at [email] I will follow up with you as well, and hope to have the privilege of working at your fine hotel bar.