Have you ever dreamt of taking on a job you can do anywhere in the world? Do you have a physical allergy of office environments? Would you give your left hand to travel to the paradise locations of your dreams and do a serious amount of partying? If you've answered one or more of these questions with a whole-hearted "YES!", then you might want to look into getting a bartending job overseas.
So how DO you get a bartending job overseas?
It's actually a lot easier than people make it out to be. Simply show up at the place you want to work, and explain yourself. Remember that opening time is by far the best moment to have a talk. Especially in those places frequented by backpackers, it really is this easy. Working visas or any kind of formal contract won't be a part of the deal either, since you will be paid cash anyway. And while this is a great approach when you are one the road, it's limitations are clear as well. Since the job you've taken doesn't take that much skill, you are replaceable. Your salary will most certainly reflect this, and unless you bring some professional skills to the table, this is as good as it gets.
How to get a high-end bartending job
The saying goes "it is not what you know, it is who you know", but in the world of bartending, this doesn't really apply. While a connection at a high-end nightclub will usually get you on the guest list, employment behind the bar will always require the necessary skills and experience, as you will be the face of that establishment. So don't expect to cut any corners there. It is not unusual for new staff to be asked for a trial-shift and if you are not up to the task, it will be your last shift at that venue. This is a good spot to mention that the EBS International Bartender course not only teaches you the necessary skills, but you will also come out of your course with the experience you need, having easily mixed more than a thousand cocktails over a four-week period. Learn more about the EBS International bartending course.
How to find high-end bartending jobs abroad
The best way by far to combine bartending with your travels, is to land a bartending job in a great venue abroad. Not only will you be making considerably more money than your backpacking friends, but you will also have a disposable income the minute you are settled in. But even though you might have all the qualifications, finding a that kind of job in unfamiliar surroundings is very challenging. Where do you start? Who do you talk to? You can try to contact people through email and telephone prior to your arrival, but unless you have some references, this method is far from ideal.
This is where MatchStaff.com comes in, the biggest bartending job board worldwide, and exclusively accessible to EBS graduates. As venue managers all over the world are always on the lookout for qualified staff, submitting their open positions MatchStaff.com makes perfect sense, because they know that the only people who can apply are EBS-certified. And since the EBS certification represents one global standard, hiring managers know exactly what kind of skills they are hiring. Have a look at MatchStaff.com
So whether you already have some experience, or you are new to the bartending profession, the combination of skills, experience and access to the necessary jobs will get you a bartending job abroad in no time. Life after that will truly never be the same, as you will meet an extraordinary amount of people, make new friends and acquire skills you would have never associated with bartending in the first place.