The first step in getting a bartending job is getting an interview. Without putting yourself in front of the people who do the hiring you can't get a bartending job. This step seems simple enough but many would-be bartenders get caught up in the myth of "they won't hire me without any experience." Please don't misunderstand me - some bartending jobs require experience, but most do not.
To make their career successful, bartenders need to have good knowledge of beverages and drinks. They should possess excellent capabilities of mixing drinks accurately without wasting any of it. When it comes to beverages at the bar, there are recipes as well. The bartenders, therefore, need to know about various drink recipes and be able to create new recipes to serve customers with the latest and attract them. It is also the bartender's job to look after the stock of garnishes. These professionals need to look after the bar supplies as well.
Something you probably already know is that the cycles of the economy come and go, wax and wane, bull and bear. Something you may not know is that a bartending job may be one of the best ways to recession proof your income. I've been behind the wood for over a dozen years now and have worked through all cycles of the economy and here is the weird part. When the economy isn't doing well, bar business can actually go up.
Start looking before you get fired or quit. It is always good to have a few resumes floating around at other bars or restaurants. After all if you interviewed for a new bartending job and it was going to make you more money, you would likely take the job and quit your current job. This will also give you an idea of what is out there as well.
You can also start locally; just make some enquiries in the bars or restaurants in your locality to get a break. Also post your resume in the top job sites on the internet to find a suitable job. And lastly, join a reputed bartending school and select an institution that have a proven record of placement in the reputable organizations. You will get a list of bartender schools in your area from the yellow pages or from the Internet.
It is important when you choose any job that you take it very serious and you give it all that you've got, in order to succeed. If your job pays well and makes you happy, then apparently you are not doing anything wrong, all is good. It does not matter if you are a professional bartender or some high profile business executive, if you are happy and earning enough money, that is when you know you have made the correct choice, as far as a career goes.