Job Description: Bar Staff / Waiter

By adamrowden, 6 Dec '12 at 15:19

One of the most sought after roles within a ski resort is the role of bar staff. Working as a bar manager or supervisor in a hotel bar is good fun, but the best jobs in resort are based in small privately owned bars. The places where everyone hangs between sessions on the mountain, and the places where everyone parties after the lifts close.

Previous bar experience is almost always required as the bars in resort - especially the popular ones - can get pretty hectic. Also, if you are applying for a role in a bar that is in France or Austria or anywhere else where the locals don’t speak English, then you will probably be required to speak some of the native language.

If you are working for a private bar then you will have a great time, there is no denying this, and you will also have to be able to drink lots of shots and still be able to work to a decent(ish) standard.

It isn’t all fun and games though, you will have to be able to get up early and prepare the bar for the morning, and you will also have to work unsocial hours, which can be frustrating. Late finishes also means that you can become pretty drained and your nights off may not be spent in the bar, but in bed.

You will have to be able to deal with handling money and you must also be confident and comfortable talking to customers. Remember this is a very interactive role and no matter how rough you feel, or how bad you want to be out on your board or skis, you must always try and stay upbeat and friendly with customers.

Bar staff must be energetic and enthusiastic. No one wants to drink in a bar staffed by miserable people who can’t be bothered. If you are fun behind the bar then you will make friends very quickly. That brings me to my next point, if you are working behind the bar at one of the resort’s top hangouts then you will no doubt be a very popular individual by the end of the season. However, a proportion of this will be people attempting to get free drinks, so be careful.

As well as working behind the bar, you may also be required to carry out waiting duties. So you must be comfortable in ensuring that a number of tables are being served and are enjoying their meals. If you carry out your job well, then you can earn a decent amount in tips.

You may end up finishing the season at loggerheads with your chef but that is inevitable so you may as well embrace this before you even start. No, I am joking, remember that you are both working under a lot of pressure, so try and remain as diplomatic as possible.

Other roles that you will be required to carry out will be cleaning and helping restock the bar. So, you should be good at mopping and ready for a certain amount of physical work. Cleaning the toilets the morning after New Year’s Eve can be quite an experience, so a high tolerance for the grim and grotesque would be very handy in this role. You should also be able to stay cool and keep your head when things start to turn sour in your bar. This isn’t as common in ski resorts as it is in bars back home, but it can happen, so you must be able to keep your head.

To find out more about getting a bar job, click here. Or, to browse bar jobs on Natives, click here.

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